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The reason for this area

I made a decision a fortnight ago.  A decision that has been 9 years in the making, but a decision nonetheless.  I am going to finally make the short film I’ve been threatening to do for ages.

I know, we all have that short film idea, it never really makes it beyond the corners of our minds, mental storyboard frames that look amazing, but in actual fact are probably outside of our skills.  But I’ve decided I’m going to make mine come hill or high water.

What made me make this decision now?

I realised I have a lot of work to show what I can achieve with 3D, motion graphics and VFX compositing, but not one that really shows them all.  And this way I can have one thing that has them all.  And as it is going to be all done by me it means I can show it to the world without having and NDAs or people’s feelings to worry about.  Apart from my own, of course.

So I have set myself just over two years from the initial idea to final piece.

At the moment, I am in the throws of doing the storyboards with the most technical of devices: a biro and a note pad.  Why a biro?  Because I can’t rub it out and so every nuance, every line is fixed on the page.  It’s quite liberating to be free of a computer.

Interestingly, for me anyway, is the way the initial concept changed the moment I began to nail down the boards.  The main conceit for the story’s big transition changed as soon as I reached that particular board and I found myself back tracking and adding new shots with new info.  It’s one thing to have an idea, it’s another to make it happen.

Anyway, I’m going to add new bits to this page as I feel it’s interesting enough for anyone to see.

There is one final thing: the name of the project.  It is… staying a secret for now.  But if you know me, you probably know already, I’ve told a lot of people so that they can bug me to get it done.

Come back soon!