My concept for the May 2015 11Second Club is going to be my most challenging yet. The audio clip is a fairly restrained dialogue between man and woman – him saying he’s right, her dutifully casting doubt. I like the audio quite a bit and within 24 hours of hearing it, had a decent concept in mind.
Never-you-mind that my October 2014 11-Second Club entry scored poorly in the competition and that I consider it, overall, the black (and white, get it?) sheep in the family. There is still something really great that I’m able to take away from it all.
Well, there you go. I have mixed feelings about it all, finishing 15th out of 206 entries with an animation that was incomplete (missing the squirrel gimmick) and a concept that leaves one scratching one’s head.
With 14 days left in the month, I started animating. The concept.. I still don’t know what it is, what it means. Who cares. The animation is complete and submitted. I’m so happy it’s over.
It’s about time I get back to it, right? The animations don’t make themselves. And I can’t win the competitions, nor have my work seen, nor build experience, if I sit on my hands all day. So off I go!
Highs and lows come and go, but for creative people who doubt their ability, stewing in a creative low can quickly become a prison. Since November, I’ve basically stopped all work and been on holiday in my mind. Honestly, I can sit in a quiet room and not one interesting thought will show itself. It’s just blank. That can’t be good.
I learned a few lessons in October – the most important being “Don’t base your animation concepts on movies that were made more than 5-10 years ago.” The audience may not get the joke.
It’s a terrible thing trying to win an animation contest while battling a mini-addiction to Minecraft. The bad news is, I didn’t come in first place. The good news is I have more gold ingots than I know what to do with!