If are a fellow animator and want to see behind-the-scenes tutorials of this animation, I recorded the whole process and I am going to be releasing technical videos on my YouTube Channel and on AnimatorGuild.com (my website). You can also head over there and download the source files for free! Sign up and they will be emailed to you instantly.
The music was made by the awesome band, Still Parade. You can buy their original track on Itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/actors-single/id694015378
Thank you sooo much to Shanic for letting me use his awesome drum and bass remix. I only ever use music that I would listen to myself, and I rock out to his music every day, check him out! https://soundcloud.com/shanic
Thank you so so much to BooneBum (another NATA contestant) Despite having his own entry to finish, he was eager to help me out with the sound design and it was a great help
Thank you to Joe Brennan for being there at 4:00AM to help me with ideas and problems. I truly appreciate it.
Thank you to anyone else I have on Skype who has given me advice or encouragement, there are too many to list!
Hello, I hope you enjoyed this animation! It was for the NATA open round and I know what you're thinking: this doesn't have much to do with the theme... And you're right. As I explored my story, world and characters in the pre-production stage I drifted away from the theme. Although the theme gave me the initial idea, I wanted the story to be a good stand-alone project which was told in my chosen style. I hope that makes sense.
There's lots of scenes I wasn't able to make because of the tight deadline (3.5 weeks) which makes me a bit disappointed (yes, I did not have time to draw the spots on the snow leopard in lots of shots hehe). And I feel like the entire story is rushed to the point where none of the plot points are able to sink in because there are only a few seconds between certain actions being shown. But I hope this is not the case!
It was my first time painting backgrounds in Photoshop, and my first time using After Effects. I'm really happy that I took the leap to using these programs as I feel like they somewhat make up for Flash's limitations. However I have a whole lot to learn about landscape painting!
See you all in the next round (if I get in),