This is my submission for the novice round of NATA. The topic for this round was "the elephant in the room".
Where I come from, we have an expression that roughly translates to "an elephant in a glass studio/shop", and it is commonly used when talking about very clumsy people that might be in the wrong place. What I did, was to use this expression as the set for this story.
I focused on using this task to get better at animating. It's my dream to become an animator (and at the same time make my own movies), but so far, the animations that I've been making have been very stiff and lifeless, and the movements pretty unrealistic. I wanted to see if I could overcome myself and combine my original drawing style with more dynamic animations. I studied a lot of movements, and positions, but of course, not everything went as well as I could have wished for. There are a number of scenes that I would really like to redo, but a deadline is a deadline, and time is short. But that might as well be a good thing. Before this competition, my only real projects had been taking up to a year to finish, simply because I wasn't effective enough. This animation may only have taken me 25 days to make, but I find that the quality has risen from my earlier flashes. I hope that I'm not the only one who can see the improvement.
One regret that I do have with this project though, is the planning, which may have gone a little too fast. I had a lot of symbolism thought out for this story, but the delivery could have gone alot better. I guess I'll just have to take things one step at the time.
For now, I feel the rush of victory, having won both against time, as well as against myself. I hope to join this tournament again next year if everything goes well!