Journal Entry: Tue Oct 23, 2012, 9:38 PM
I've pretty much finished the film, save for a few odd sound effects. It's not been submitted yet, so no info on Cannes yet. It's due the 26th, but I have no idea when the uni will decide what films to take, if any.
I figured I'd just vomit out all I'd been thinking about this experience. In case anyone's interested.
Feel like I've learned a lot. Prostitute was dipping my toes in to the world of film-making. Fire Tiger vs Acid Panther is easing in waist deep - still a practice film, but I wanted to make it as good as I possible could. I don't think I did that.
I thought having made Prostitute I would have been equipped for this one. Boy was I wrong. But, like I've always been saying, FTAP was always a practice film. And I genuinely feel like this time I've learned enough to make my next film a true reflection of what visions I have in my head. (Though I'll probably be unpleasantly surprised again next time.)
The animation is just okay as I ran out of time for it and I just stopped caring. Some backgrounds are just godawful, and the sound effects are shoddy as hell. But,
The music, provided by the talented Andre Bonetti, IS AWESOME. It makes the film. I've always considered music/sound 50% of the film, and I'm really glad I invested the time in working it all out.
In fact, I spent a long time in pre-production choreographing the whole thing, and I think I did a good job of the story/direction (despite there being little story to work with).
The achievement. I sat down and animated a 3 minute film in 4 months to a reasonable degree of quality. That's crazy. I don't even remember half of it. Every 7am to 11pm day blended into one another. I pretty much had to finish a scene a day, or if it was a hard scene, 2 days.
So, for next time: More goddamn planning. Learn sound design, or hire someone who understands it. A year to animate, rather than 4 months.
Now, I'm going to play Morrowind for 8 months.