My goal, as not previously written, but often stated out loud, has been to finish the 11SecondClub Challenge in the top 11. My last animation landed in 15th place and it didn’t occur to me, at that time, the significance of that placement.
2d OR NOT 2d
I had committed to this frog and princess concept early on, but wasn’t sure if I’d animate in 3d or 2d. I didn’t have a rigged 3d frog model, nor had I ever hand-drawn one. So really, the odds were stacked against me and I spent, as is my habit, the first 7 days of the month in pre-production, plus an extra 6 days of procrastination (also habit) just trying to figure it all out.
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.