substance is style son
nobody gets that anymore; they're synonymous. Probably one of the greatest misconceptions in everything these days is that substance is limited to being a story. An animation, or a poster, song, whatever, can be substantial without a story.
Something can be substantial because of its message, its beauty, its story (yes) or its characters... the list goes on.
To limit your definition of substance to a story when watching animations and film could easily be compared to watching them through binoculars. you miss a lot.
I'm not saying my animation WAS 'substantially beautiful,' of course not. I made this animation to get back into the swing of animating and at the same time end up with a tangible, animated piece. If you don't like it, thats fine, but don't go 'indie' bashing because thats just stereotyping.
lastly, human energy really isn't that precious. we waste a lot of it. we waste it playing call of duty all the time, spending hours on unnecessary school assignments, etc. As I see it, the best way to spend your time is by doing what you love and doing it to improve your abilities. that's what I've done with this.
I haven't wasted any time at all.