Fairy tales are one of my favorite things, whether Disney bastardizes them or not. True, the Grimm Brothers gave us the source material but in our modern days, Disney has made them memorable and romantic.
First of all, Happy Birthday to my Sister! Pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog (and believe me, I don’t blame her), so I also sent her a Snapchat. 😉
I’ve just been clowning around with this concept for the 11 Second Club Challenge for August and having a mostly good time with it. Over the previous two months, my energy has been lacking. I’ve been doing some minor remodeling of characters and a bit of sculpting, but otherwise, creatively-speaking, I’ve been laying low and refueling. For this:
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.
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.
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.