You're always learning

I wanted to share a project I've been working on lately. It started back when I had just finished college and some friends of mine wanted to produce an animated short to pitch to the networks in Burbank. It's amazing how long the team has been at it, even though life's obstacles tricked us and we stoppe running. Somehow this project keeps getting picked up thanks to the passionate man who started it all- Xavier. I think the only think that sets anyone apart in the entertainment industry (and probably in life!) is endurance.

A title card I've been working on for the short.

A title card I've been working on for the short.

It's beena great project for me in many ways. I can't say I'm contributing my best work because it's been a huge learning process, and you can't always feel great about what you produce when you're tripping half the time.

Lessons I'll take with me:

  1. Don't forget the sketch! It saves you time.
  2. Don't fret over it being perfect. What matters in the end is that you finish.
  3. Do be as communicative as possible. Keep the project at a top priority and schedule chats so you stay emotionally involved. Note: there is a reason why you started the project in the first place, and when you talk to the creator you'll remember why.
  4. Do your research.
  5. Have fun always. Make it your biggest goal and the rest will become a LOT easier to accomplish.
  6. Eat your Wheaties.
Opening title card.  Will eventually have the title of the short above.  I've going for a graphic approach with the warm Disney style of the 50's.

Opening title card.  Will eventually have the title of the short above.  I've going for a graphic approach with the warm Disney style of the 50's.

I look at these slides and I see good things and things I'd want to change. In fact- feedback is welcome!

Regardless, I'm happy I am to be a part of a project that's depended on the passion and love for animation, executed by a team of some of my dearest college pals. In the end that's the best part- I get to share it with people whom I admire and love to death.

A friend is a gift you give yourself.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Thanks Marilyn Scott-Waters for reminding me of that awesome quote.

Here's to creating amazing things and being the best you can be!

Love,

Annie