Even though I haven't really done any animation in quite some time, something I worked on was recently released and I can't say enough how proud I am to be part of the project. A few years ago, America Young asked me to do a tiny bit of animation for a movie she was making. America is one of those people who is so fantastic on every level, I'll jump at the chance to help her out in any way I can, so of course I did just that.
A couple months ago, The Concessionaires Must Die! was finally released into the world. It's currently available pretty much anywhere you might find yourself digitally purchasing a movie. ITunes, Amazon, Xbox... Have a look and you should be able to find it!
It's good, heartfelt, nerdy fun and I'm so happy I got to have even the tiniest hand in bringing it to life. Seek it out, take a look, enjoy, and when you see those dancing snacks, well, you'll know that that was my little contribution.
While things have been slow and difficult on the creative front for a while now, I feel like the tide is beginning to turn in unexpected and potentially exciting ways. Over the past few months, ideas have been beginning to spark. New ideas that range across several different, tones, intended audiences, and types of media. It feels strange that after spending so many years primarily focusing on animated projects, nothing I'm doing right now has anything to do with animation whatsoever. Though strange, the change is nice. I feel like I'm suddenly working with a much broader canvas.
I don't want to prematurely go into too much detail regarding the things I'm working on, but I will say this- while one of the projects is still heavily centered on me creating visual art, the others, so far, have had me focused on writing. I haven't actively written a story since I wrote The Girl and the Ghost. The shift has been a bit bizarre, but honestly, I've been loving it. I don't think I've ever experienced something like this where the story has just been pouring out of me and all I can do is try to keep up with the words. I really feel like something special might be happening right now and I can't wait to share it.
So, yes, that's where things stand right now. It's a short blog post and I don't have much to show at the moment, but after a long drought, I feel like new, hopefully good things should be coming to light in the not too distant future.