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Reflection on Film

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 GOOD:

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.

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five50fivegirl Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Morrowind is a marvelous reward, you chose well. Congrats on being (pretty much) finished! Best of luck as far as Cannes as well, please keep us updated!
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Okalie Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my! Congratulations! That is quite the accomplishment!
I have been following this animation for a while, (viewing the WIPS and some of the frame shots you uploaded), and I am very excited to see it! (I am not trying to bother you by asking, probably becasue many have already asked) but do you know when you will release it? I really can't wait! <3
once again, congrats, I am sure it looks awesome!
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TastesLikeAnya Oct 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries. I am pretty sure people could ask me something 100 times and I'd be cool to answer.

It will either be released in like, a week, or a year.
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Okalie Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Haha okay, thankyou!
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Cappybara Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!
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Hahaha, I thought the same thing. Finished (or tried to finish) a first real film attempt, went into the next thinking "oh boy, I've got this now". NOOOPE. And the quest to better it from the last film made it a learning experience all over again.
Cant believe you did all that in such a short amount of time though! Truly inspiring! Whether it lives up to your expectations or not, its still a blood/sweat/tears baby that you ought to be proud of. XD
How did you end up only having 4 months to do it? Just putting shit off til the end?
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TastesLikeAnya Oct 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I wanted to start right away, but I realized that I'm not actually brilliant at everything, and brought someone in to do the drums. I had to wait, since I contacted him a quarter into the year already. The animation is very in synch with the music, so I had to wait.

I'm glad someone else out there knows how it feels.
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bonefish Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on completing it! I'm looking forward to getting to see the finished product.
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Congrats, can't wait to see it man. Being in First year animation at Griffo now, there's certainly been more than one discussion about how good your film looks judging by your boards and teaser snippets.
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TastesLikeAnya Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh yeeeeaaaah I remember that. :D Neat! I'll be there next year again finishing off things and whatnot, so hopefully I can say hi sometime.
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