I'm so excited to share this with y'all. I'm a bit late to the game, but I'm hoping to compete in this month's 11secondclub competition. It took me a bit, but I realized that I could do a lot of things with this month's audio clip. Most importantly I can animate characters that I can understand and relate to. I also get to work with some rigs from a friend of mine, the fantastic animator, Scott McWhinnie. And because of his fantastic designs, I get to work in a world that is even more cartoony/stylized than before, which then brings in more potential to get stylized, which to me gets closer at making something that's 'Art'.
Everything fell into place when I took some suggestions I've been getting lately and I asked myself 'who do I want to animate?'. I've been reading Cervantes' Don Quixote and am absolutely in love with the characters and world that it all exists in. I happened to be checking out the rigs I have the other night and fell upon some rigs that Scott gave me some time ago but I haven't had anything to use them in yet, but now all of a sudden they were both perfect for this one test. I jumped into the files and re-purposed the rigs a bit to be more specifically The Knight of Rueful Continence and his squire.
I did some sketching, shot some reference, got some suggestions from some friends, did MORE sketching and reference, and felt like I've hit upon something sweet. What was more serendipitous about it all, was after discussion coverage and acting with Aurora, it ended up in the realm of a lot of mid shot, facial animation performance that one of my main mentors was suggesting I do with my next piece.
After playing with the edit a bit, I realized I needed to cut to the second shot sooner and really be in there on Sancho to see/feel that emotional beat. It's tricky though because I also think I need that establishing wide shot just long enough to sell who they are and the spacial relationships going on.