sorry for not having anything up in a while. i had trouble coming up with ideas for NATA and when i finally had one, it was too late. i made an animatic and everything, but lots of things weren't working: the story felt undercooked, the jokes fall flat, and i had too little time to animate it all in four days. basically it had to do with 10 amazing facts about summer music festivals, and it was set up as a parody of buzzfeed-type list videos that you see making the rounds on facebook and such.
the idea was to tell a story through the 10 amazing facts, so the main character leaves home for the festival without saying goodbye to his folks. and i thought it'd be funny if the main character had an existential crisis in the middle of partying. in doing so, he realizes the most important things in life are family blah blAH BLAH. pretty bad, right? i wanted an emotional core, but it felt so underdeveloped and i knew it. once i saw that animatic, it just wasn't playing right. so i shelved it.
i suppose in the past i enjoyed getting things done at the last minute (i.e., the "eleventh hour") but i guess i don't work that way anymore. just like i moved on from making comics up as i went along to scripting them in advance, i guess i'm moving to planning it all in advance. which is good. planning is necessary, and everything i've done that had a significant time to evolve (xmas short, brobot 2) i really loved. maybe i'm taking myself too seriously and i just need to put something out there. or maybe i just need to take some time, reflect, and let the next one come naturally.
anyway, i wanted to have something out for june, and i still hope to. we'll see what happens. it should be my last one before i embark on the brobot series, which is indeed still in the pipeline!
as for me personally, i've been buzzing over the past 48 hours with love for inside out, pixar's newest movie (i've seen it twice already). as someone who has broken down over shit out of my control very recently, i feel very related to the feelings of riley when she just [SPOILER] lets it out toward the end to her parents. her voice acting and animation in that scene just capture it (it's worth noting i heard sobs and gasps throughout this movie, even from a small audience at 10:45). her parents look at each other and move in to hug their daughter, her father admitting that he too misses where they used to live. and then joy touches the memory of riley crying in class and changes everything. and then it very quietly turns to this shot of riley just buried in her parents, and she makes this aching sound - this sound of relief, of catharsis - and it just deeply moves me. it gives me chills just thinking about it.
idk, im rambling, i just really liked the movie (as i've liked all of docter's movies). i want to see it again already, bad. it's so good.
ok. that's enough out of me.