An Educational Blog
Wow, 48 hours in and we're already at 65% of the base goal! That is so awesome. Thank you all so much for your generosity.
Here's one aspect of this project I'd like to elaborate on a bit. In the past, I have been asked many times if I'd be interested in teaching animation and special effects at various schools. The idea of sharing my knowledge with students has always remained appealing, however my love of constantly working in production and creating new projects always kept me away. There's only so many hours in a day.
When I started work on my videogame," Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet", with my friend, Joe Olson, I knew virtually nothing of putting a game together. Yet, I found the idea of bringing one of my alien world to life, in the form of an interactive medium, extremely attractive. I dove head first in the project, not really knowing how I would get to the finish line. "Build it and they will come", they say. It took five years to finish the project and during that time I had to learn the various processes involved in creating a game. It was like going to videogame college at the speed of light.
I want to do "The Saga of Rex Animated Film" a little bit the same way as I did for the game—dive head first without questioning how it will all get done. Because deep down, I know that if I put in the effort, good things will happen. This time, however, as I learn to use new tools, face the challenges of production, and figure out how to put this thing together, I want to share that process.
My goal is to make a film on a shoestring budget that will look like it cost many times its production cost. While I do this, I will use the Secret Production Blog to share what I learn, divulge my tricks and give a real insight into my process. I want to make this a great tool for animation students to see how I do things—sort of "a crash course in making a classically animated film". Hopefully, potential creators will be inspired to put that knowledge to use in their own future productions... and by the same token, help keep the art of 2D animation alive. I'm going to be learning a lot myself and sharing will make it all the more worthwhile.
If you know of any animation/art schools, students, or enthusiasts that would be interested in getting a real behind the scene look at this endeavor, please let them know and pass the link around. Once again, thank you all for your support!