“Dragon” Along

I have always wanted to make a video of my artwork slowley producing itself. The reason I decided to do it now after all these years is because the amount of pictures I was sending to friends when they asked…

"Dragon" Along

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I have always wanted to make a video of my artwork slowley producing itself. The reason I decided to do it now after all these years is because the amount of pictures I was sending to friends when they asked me how the progress was going and I would take a quick picture of what I had up to then (which is why most of the photos are slanted and such of the sort)…. needless to say, I had started a lil’ album of progressed work from the beginning. After realizing this, I started taking more photos in between drawing sessions, attempting to frame them, hopefully, straight enough for a decent short film (my last short film was in 2005, so one was long over due). But enough about that, let me talk about the film: The Stripes animation (”Curiosity Comics”) in the beginning took about 15 – 20 minutes to draw and around 1 1/2 hours to line up all the photos of the drawings in Photoshop… lining them up was tedious, due to some angles on a good number of them (81 frames total in animation). The second scene (Spasmodic Crosses), Believe it or not, took awhile… mostly planning where and how close/far they’d appear (not all viewers know, you CAN’T put them anywhere). I also took the liberty of having them react or, “Spazz” to the music…Yeah, I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but I like making all the little things about a film a BIG part regardless. The third scene (”Curiosity Films” scene) was done frame by frame in Photoshop (around 120 frames) with around 8 – 12 layers for each frame. It was first planned to stay color the whole time up to the title screen with the moving images but instead I wanted something to introduce the “Curiosity Films” title scene without psy tracking from the subject… so I added the black and white version (without the animations) with the satined title to appear to be presenting the colored scene. Those 3 scenes took me the longest to put together… And that
was just 12 seconds into the film… I realize a lot of people can read all of this and that production can be a cake walk for them but I’m a still frame animator and a frame by frame cartoon animator… Photoshop is not my expertise so I was excited when it all came together. Last, But not least… Kodaryse (The Dragon!)… This was the whole reason I made this movie and I wasn’t planning to put so much work into the beginning the way I did but just like all things important, they usually take longer than expected. The picture itself took me over 40 hours to complete, just as a drawing. But as far as lining up the Photos of the dragon, I wasn’t going to go crazy with most of them because of the angles they were taken at from the start… and, well… I wasn’t going to re-take them anytime soon, fact being that the drawing was already completed. At first, I was going to give them a fixed frame count along with a fixed transition frame count… but I wanted to make it more interesting… I thought it would be pretty fantastic to have the trasitions changing to the music. I must say, I’m VERY happy with the way it turned out and that is after I’ve watched it over 100 times (mostly due to fine-tuning of rhythmn production)… I always say about writing and/ movie production: “If you can’t watch or read something a hundred times and be entertained every time, it either needs more work or it isn’t worth making”…

I’m hoping you will be entertained enough to at least watch it more than once.

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