We've set aside the animatic for now and we're focusing on the practical aspects of production. I've mentioned before that we've selected a very small part of the short to work on first. In the end, this segment will only be about 10 seconds long.
Mike has been working hard to design the leading man and lady.
And, he's been putting together some of the major pieces of the set. (Okay, this is really cool, so I just have to tell you what he's doing here. First, he took a bunch of Styrofoam blocks and wood to create the general shape of the set piece. He filled in the gaps between the blocks and covered the piece with expanding insulation foam. Now, he's shaving off the extra bits and is sculpting it in to the shape he wants. Once it's covered in sand and topped with palm trees, this is going to be an island oasis.)
And, we've had field trips to the fabric district to start costume making.
So, why are we spending 6 months to make something that's only 10 seconds long? First, we want to to iron out the process now to make production on the other segments go faster. And second, we're putting together a Kickstarter campaign and we want to have something to show the world what we're capable of.
There's still a lot to do, but just looking at all the progress we've made so far is encouraging.
Next week: an update from our effects team!