Welcome back. In the last post I briefly described some of the reasons why I decided that using animation as my film’s medium would best suit me at this current juncture. Here is the following illustrating 4 more thoughts and considerations I took when making this choice. I’ve had ideas for a year now of what it will actually look like, thinking along the lines of other animated films that have been released, but honestly, I think the look and feel of it will be very new and unique, and it has to be because the script isn’t really a traditional animated story, it could be filmed, and 9 times out of ten would be. One of the hardest challenges I’ll have is actually making the look suit the type of story it is. In upcoming weeks you’ll start seeing the look develop as I try and experiment with looks and ideas, different techniques and technologies to see what works best from both a point of animating this amount of work and also looking right.
5. Work from home.
I find this a huge advantage, the ability to spend time, in my own home-workplace, feeling free and comfortable to try ideas and different avenues, I don’t need to go off-site except to record dialogue and foley. So I have the ability to work at my own pace, with deadlines set by me and not predicated on costs of rented space or times of animators/editors. I plan to keep as much in-house as possible, including aspects that are not directly in the film, such as the supporting blog, videos etc…
6. Labor of love.
I don’t know what the future hold for me, I know I want to make films, I don’t know whether I will continue independently or be able to harbour support from a studio in the future. And I don’t like the term ‘Independent Film’, I think even though it’s not the literal translation but it does suggest a negative connotation of amateur, unpolished, cheap, this is something that I don’t want associated with the picture. I want it to look professional, unique and expensive. I want all aspects to be tip-top, good voice recordings – with good acting, good original soundtrack, and the actual images too, I want it to look great. It’s a labor of love. I always hear horror stories of studios butting-in, getting final cut, and altering the filmmaker’s vision, I really don’t want that happening to me.
7. Self Fund
I’ve already mentioned about the cheapness of creating animation primarily by myself, or maybe a small dedicated team. The self funding is really something that I’m shooting for at this given time, I’d like to feel comforted that I will own 100% of the rights of the film from beginning to end. If I own it 100% that gives me alot of options for how and what I choose to do with the film, I can say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to things at will, without the influence I might have with an investor who takes a chunk of the film in exchange for fully or partially funding it when at the moment it seems unnecessary. Also it’s going to be fun to think of creative ways around problems without the freedom of just throwing money at it.
8. Animation is more international.
Animation is produced all over the world, and no matter what continent it comes from, it rarely feels alien or separate from our cultures. I can watch a Miyazaki film and it feels universal to me, but of course it has the Japanese influence so it feels like a unique experience without being completely alien. I believe this has a lot to do with the caricature nature of animation, figures and designs are simple, idealised and it’s a lot easier to relate with that base. Plus with dubbing voices in other languages. Animation rarely comes across like the old Kung-Fu film imports the mouths seem to line up with the many languages much easier, as it’s not real, it’s an impression of real. In the hypothetical situation that I have the ability to get an international distributor in the future. For a studio it must be re-assuring that they can re-dub very easily in whatever language they wish, and it stand up the same as the original English version.
So there you have it, that’s my reasoning for the choice. It certainly wasn’t an easy one to make but I’m sure in a year or two I’ll still be confident that it was the right one. The next few upcoming posts will likely be very much geared towards the writing aspect as it’s the stage that I’m currently exiting and is most fresh to me at the moment and have a lot to say about.
I hope you enjoy the site and following my journey of actually putting the theory into practice and making this film a reality.
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Stay tuned for next week’s post entitled, ‘1, Pre Production Update’.