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Fairly recently I came upon a realization of the sad state of 2D animation as an art form in America right now. I hear about great projects and ideas coming out of Europe, especially France, and it's not even fair to say how 2D animation is doing in Japan. Anime will never die, man. But here in the USA, animation has stagnated and is strangled under corporate executives eager for quick bucks and cheap costs. They don't care about 2D as an art form, or an outlet for creative storytelling. It's more time consuming than 3D animation and has more "limits" than 3D, Flash is cheaper and generally lazier, so therefore 2D is not worth it. No studio is brave enough to take a chance and experiment with creative new ideas, especially in the genre of action shows. All they want is reboots and stale comedies, all animated in Flash or 3D. A good portion of my favorite cartoon shows of the last decade all had their legs cut out from under them because of poor executive decision-making. And fittingly crowning this whole mess is this bit of news: Disney laid off the last of its entire 2D animation department just last week, the department the entire studio as we know it was built upon
I've been hearing a lot that 2D animation is dead. That there's no place for it in America anymore.
I say SCREW THAT.
Some animation professionals who are more learned and wiser than I have said that this state will not last forever simply because it can't. There have been many times in the past that it seemed like 2D animation would never be feasible again, but determined studios like Disney and Warner Bros. and Hannah-Barbera came up with inventive techniques and different methods to keep the art form alive until it bloomed again. And this is what needs to begin now. A new renaissance of traditional animation to not only rival but equal
the quality we see in both anime and the nostalgic cartoon classics of years gone by. And if I can, I would like to be a part of this.
I have an idea. A very, very
ambitious idea. I'm incredibly intimidated by it, but excited at the same time, because I know it can be done. I've seen
I am going to make a short animated film, planned to be about 30-45 minutes long. And I mean that in every sense of the word "make". I am going to write, direct, storyboard, animate, and edit this project myself. The only aspects I won't be doing alone are voice acting and music, because A) I have no musical talent to save my life and B) A female voice from me sounds terrible
I pondered for weeks on what story I would want to tell, juggling potential ideas around and weighing all the pros, cons, and technical difficulties each option would bring. I wanted the story to have interesting and compelling characters, a straightforward plot that would allow for poignant character themes and moments, and a setting and style suited for crazy action. I narrowed it down to three, and then believed I had finally picked one...only for a brand new concept to swoop in literally out of nowhere while talking to my lady love on Skype and captivate all my imagination for days. I have at last found my story.
I want to keep most of the specifics a secret, but I'll tell you the very simplified basics. The story is set in 1942 during the Second World War. It focuses on a pair of Russian women: snipers who patrol and protect a strategically valuable mountain pass from invading German forces. When they learn that an elite team of Nazi special ops assassins will be moving through the region, it is up to them to halt the enemy's plot. It involves quests for justice, questionable science, bizarre weaponry, and beautiful women with guns. Also explosions.
I am nowhere near ready to begin writing the script yet, but I will strive to keep this project at the top priority aside from a job and commissions. This means that it could very likely take over a full year at least
before the final film is complete. incidental work from me, such as Predator's Moon and random drawings, will be fewer and farther between, but I will
try to keep Predator's Moon coming on a somewhat even schedule (which is hard when I'm constantly hit with writer's block, oy vey).
As I mentioned above, I will need assistance with music and voice acting. I have a few freelance musicians in mind for the score. I know I will voice one of the male characters, maybe two (possibly three, depending on how much of a range I can deliver,) but I will need two very talented actresses for the lead roles. I will post updates and notes as well as an open casting call as more details are set in stone during the pre-production phase.
I cannot promise any money at this time to interested voice actors. However
, once more of the project is underway, I'm considering opening a Kickstarter to help fund this film. That money would go towards purchasing better sound effects, helping pay for music, purchasing computer programs to aid in production, paying my voice actors, paying for DVD copies, etc. I don't know how successful
a Kickstarter campaign would be, given that I'm a small artist on DeviantArt with nothing big to my name. But that's a long ways off from now.
When the film is eventually completed, my hope is to take it to conventions and film festivals, sell DVDs, and maybe inspire others to help keep the art of traditional animation going strong.
So, this is my plan. I'd love to know what you all think!