The birth of Prickly Pachyderm Productions a year ago also began with rainy weather in late January although today included the news of two twisters - one in Santa Barbara and one in our very own Fullerton. We had our pre-semester meeting to tabulate the talent of the group and begin assigning our new company "employees" to their films.
We have three films in the works: "Firefly" will be created in traditional or pencil animation with some CG effects for the cloud of firefly's who come to the rescue of one of their own. This film has several veterans from last year's "Gwyllgi" film about the orphaned children who take on death himself including Crystal Cornejo, Kat Ruzics, Diana Ortiz, Bill Stewart, and Sarah Banning. They will guide the new talent to tackle a much lighter subject in "Firefly" whose concept was co-created with Amy Clark who is working full-time now at Dreamworks.
The second film will be an experiment in a simulated cut-out style of animation with heavy use of After Effects to capture the art and characters created by Sara Amijo. Her story revolves around the challenges of a lonely little boy who adopts a discarded robot that struggles with some serious issues. The working title is "Goovel" and we have assembled a great team of illustrators, animators, and post production artists to bring this story to life including Diana Ortiz and Karen Okstad helping flesh out the story details.
Our third film has been in heavy development even through intersession in the creation of the story premise and the assets. Headed by almost an entirely new crew, today's meeting covered lots of ground and resolved several key story issues. Several key members have been through previous animation classes and you can already see the creative chemistry happening as we dealt with the foundation of their scenes. This one will be coming in as our CG project under the working title "The Guardian".
Keep checking back to see our art, animation and photo journal as we launch these three projects! You can get to know some of the newest talent on the horizon as the projects come to life.
This blog will be center of the storm and a monitoring point for the Prickly Pachyderm Productions, a simulated animation studio created for the creation and production of student films in the Visual Arts Department at California State University, Fullerton. We select three concepts to be produced in 16 weeks from storyboard and completed assets to final film. Each director has a primary crew in place and then utilizes "freelance" talent of class members that each film share based on their specific skills and the results of arm wrestling competitions between directors. Pleasse share in our adventure...