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Agent Bird Archives- Animation Update August 17 2018


As of today, we have 23 shots with some level of animation started/completed for the film. It may not seem like a lot, but it's almost double what we had in the month of July, so as of now it seems we are upping the tempo and keeping on schedule. 

I've been fortunate to be able to work more on the film, keeping pace with what I wanted and adding a little extra. It's been hard on my arm, but spacing the work out through the week has been manageable. 


*Above is a more mechanical shot with flat colors and no backgroud painting. 

As I dive further into the second act of the film, sounds fancier than it actually is, I've had to begin studying the mechanics of guns to get the animation down. It's been something new new in a freaking dumpster fire of new stuff, but we are bumping right along. I'm sure some of my gun knowledgeable friends and family will find something wrong with it, but animation isn't easy! 



I find my eyes needing lots of screen breaks from the computer. To try and help my body out I try to get some work done with watercolor or just in my sketchbook between shots of animation. While much of the work is normal messy sketchbook brain farts, I find myself drawing and painting Agent Bird outside of the film. Bird is a character I've worked with off and on through the past couple years, and it's nice to take him out of the film a bit and let him explore. 


I'm not sure if I'm projecting some of my wishes to be away from the hustle of life and making this film, or what, but these little snapshots seem like something I'd like to do when this is all said and done. 

It's weird to talk about, but this is a big mental strain. I'm betting the time of not only myself, but of three close friends on Agent Bird. This film isn't going to be a game changer or any monumental accomplishment of the medium, but damn it is a lot of work. I find myself doubting it the more hours I put in. 



December is coming fast, and I don't doubt it will get done, but there's this feeling I can only describe as buyer's remorse. We are coming on 9 months of production all on our own and I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm wondering if people are going to see a train or a hand cart. 


As time opens up for me, I'll be streaming more. Even this past week I think I streamed with Paisley 3 or 4 times? Hoping to run on that momentum, friends popping in and hanging out while we develop this thing is super encouraging.  

September is almost here, but December hasn't caught me yet. Thanks again for your patronage, it means a lot.