EASY PIECES THE COMIC
I've been writing and drawing my whole life. Something happened in late 2010 while reading the wonderful comic Love & Rockets. I began kicking myself for never before playing with the amazing medium that is comics, and I kept kicking myself until I developed my own comic Easy Pieces, which can be seen here: easypiecescomic.com
EASY PIECES THE ANIMATION
It's been a great ride and I've seen a lot of success with the comic, one of the most notable being my acceptance into Act-I-Vate Comix, the best webcomics hub out there. There's still a long road ahead of me, as the comic itself is still in act 1. Last year while working on the comic, I was Director of Animation for a short film called Ouverture. The short has been well received, premiering at The NY Museum of Modern Art's Film Festival and moving across the country in the some of the best film festivals out there. I want the same for Easy Pieces. I want to create an animated short that will move people, will get them interested in the comic, and hopefully explode a few brains. Fans of the comic will see some familiar faces and concepts in the animation (as well as things they've never seen before), and future fans will have a unique opportunity to enter the world of Easy Pieces! There is a magic to animation that this work begs to embrace.
"It’s like reading Walt Whitman in haiku form presented with powerhouse design and detail." -The Comics Beat
Easy Pieces is about duality. It explores why humans can love and hate something simultaneously, and how our gut and brain can dispense radically different advice. Dealing with that human condition is the main character of the comic, Neil. He eventually meets some folks from the mysterious Jupiter Organization, and perhaps his problems have all been solved. Or, perhaps not.
I have my MFA in Drawing from SUNY Purchase and am very lucky to be working in the design, art, film and animation fields. You can see my work here: www.neildvorak.com
BUDGETING...HEY WAIT, DIDN'T I SEE THIS PROJECT LAST WEEK ASKING FOR $18,000!? HOW COME IT'S ONLY $11,000 NOW. THAT'S 61% LESS MONEY...DOES THAT MEAN THIS ANIMATION IS GOING TO BE 61% AS GOOD AS TH-
Okay, okay, yes. Yes. I have relaunched the project for less money. In this section I will show you exactly how you get the same quality of animation for less. (The very short answer: it will take slightly more time.) The longer answer:
The original budget was as follows:
In short, I am removing the animation budget altogether. How is an animation produced with no animation budget, you ask? The $7,000 that would have gone to pay an animator to work full time 60+ hours a week for 2 to 3 months to get the lionshare of the drawings done is now gone. I will now draw every single frame myself, in addition to overseeing and keyframing. I will draw 20 frames everyday, 6 days a week for one year. This is only 9 months slower than the original timeline, and for a 5 to 6 minute animation with nearly 6 to 8 thousand drawings it's a pretty fast turnaround. I hope you agree!
-NOTE: Any amount over 11,000 collected will go to enhance the post-production facilities. This means more special effects, better sound and compositing, and more live musicians on the score!-
Risks and challenges
There are unknowns and fears involved in anything worth doing. The best ways to equip one's self to handle unknowns are to be experienced and open-minded: experienced enough to deal with trials that crop up again and again, and open-minded enough to adapt to the brand-spankin' new ones.
That said, I have been making art since I could pick up a pencil. I've been keeping a sketchbook religiously for 10 years (1000+pages) and my webcomic Easy Pieces is going strong after 2 years. I've spent years doing award-winning rotoscope projects so I know the hiccups that come along with that particular style of animation. I can accurately gauge time-tables for the completion of the work. As Director of Animation on a tiny tiny project, I wore every hat, so I'm well-equipped for all the stages of labor. Happily the "hard part" is out of the way: the animation's story has been conceived, written, re-written 10 times or more, and storyboarded at least three times.
If people drop out, I've got back-ups. I've even got my own camera if for some reason all the Directors of Photography out there are swamped. I'm shooting in my house with most of my own equipment. Things can always go awry but it's a controlled, focused and comfortable environment to work in. Beyond that I'll be drawing up 7,000 images for a couple months, and I've got plenty of podcasts to keep my ears busy while my hands are crankin'.
And if this happens: www.neildvorak.com/this.jpg
...I don't know what to tell you.
- (30 days)