Two little guys meet in the woods…

I recently made a film, for an art show around all the aspects of home:

(To) Be found a Home

German title: Ein Zuhause gefunden werden;
hand drawn animation, 16:9, stereo, running time: 0:58 Min.

What is it about?

Two little guys meet in the woods.

The bigger imposes a house on the other one. – He really wants the smaller to feel home, forcefully.

I know this feeling well: someone wants to do me something good, and just don’t care what I want. – I’m afraid I did this to others before, too. You?

This animated short is about observing what we do, and the effects of how we behave.

I had the script and the storyboard in the drawer for about four years. So very often I think that I’ll never get things done, and that I’m not able to finish the things that I start.

The film is also exactly about that: Someone once told me these things, and I started to believe them: I got buried under other people’s ideas about me.

I started to believe that I’ll never finish things that I’ve started and this is one of the reason’s why I have such a hard time to move on with Ins Dunkel, my animated short that is set to release on June 2, 2012. (I simply don’t trust myself.)

Even though I tend to believe what other people think about me is true, I worked pretty hard to finish this little piece for the exhibition, and I drew about 200 frames in three days (Ouch! And Ha!)

At work.

I shot all the frames, edited the animation and added some sound effects in time.

My synapses jumped delightfully while they were creating a new path inside my brain: “Hey, I am able to finish things when the time is right, and when I decide to do so. Awesome! Maybe I’m able to finish this major project of mine that I started in 2007 as well?”

Yesterday I sorted all files for “Ins Dunkel” and found out that I already finished three minutes of animation (which is pretty cool!). I cleaned the rigging out of 100 frames, and arranged the finished shots along my storyboards. It already looks like a short film now. Again, awesome!

What do we (read, “I”) learn from this?

Never believe someone who wants to pigeonhole you in any way, no matter how well they mean it.

And always have enough pencils and an electric pencil sharpener.

Pencils used for

This is pretty personal, but important stuff. Life is messy sometimes, and I’m writing this for you to know that you’re not alone. Celebrate with me in the comments, or get a warm internet hug there if you need one!

Have a wonderful weekend though!
Love,
– Jessica ♥

30. March 2012 by Jessica
Categories: Stuff | Tags: , , , | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. Jessica,
    you should make more animations with these two figures! The body language and movements look smooth and natural (maybe due to stick figures being fairly reduced), I like how they express everything else with their eyes only, and the deformation dynamics of the houses fit perfectly. Would love to see these two meet again some time.
    Do you get these sound effects on stock, or did you tape the paper rustling yourself?

    – leo

  2. So fabulous, Jessica! I loved it. Especially your use of the foreground setting and the lovely hand drawn wiggles the animation had, and the birds and paper sounds in the soundtrack!

    Congratulations on making it.

    You make a lot of things!

  3. Leo,
    I love those guys as much as you do. Also, I was surprised how much fun the drawing was!

    I found the background sounds on [freesound.org](http://www.freesound.org/) under a Creative Commons 0 licence, the paper rustling is hand made. Lukas had the idea while I got stuck with the sound effects. He said, “You make everything of paper, why not these sounds, too?” – Clever him!

    Shelley,
    Even though I make a lot of things, I always think it’s not enough. I have so many ideas… But with this animation I learned (again), that the combination of handmade but computer-supported stuff definitely works for me. And that I want to do more! :D

  4. Very beautiful!

    I like the reduced sound setting – the birds and the paper rustling, and no soundtrack screaming over everything. I like how you handle sound and animation in your works. Really!

    And the way the trees/leaves circle and frame the main set of what is happening. Harryhausen made me aware of August Dore and especially how he placed the ‘action’ part of the image in lighter tones, encircled by darker tones. Very nice!

    The ‘promise’ of somebody to do be something good triggers every self-defense mechanism in me and makes me ready to defend my grounds to the last. ‘Doing me something good’ became a death-threat for me. Really. It’s that bad. Because I ended too many times with me ending somewhere really bad, and once I got the reply: ‘I didn’t force you to follow my advice, so it’s your own fault if you got * up!”. Like this.

    ‘trying to do somebody something good’ end(ed) in many, not only my own case – very very bad(ly). Helping people to help themselves is another cup of tea.
    And last but not least: it is one of the lamer excusiosn when somebody got tangled up in deep * because of some other person trying to to her/him ‘something good’.

    This needs very deep insight and to be handled with utmost care.

  5. Dear fan,

    sorry, I can’t find a lot about August Dore, even though I’m inspired by older black and white illustrations, too (one of my favourite: Gustave Doré).

    You’re absolutely right. I was told a lot of times how to handle certain things, and I know how this can hurt. Warm, caring internet hugs to you, you’re safe here!