Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reflecting on my experience

Looking back on all of the work I have done for this Self Directed project since January, I am astonished!

I am so proud of all of my time and work. I have put endless amounts of hours into this entire project (an estimated 150 hours) - far more than I could have ever anticipated. Although I have not been able to reach some of my milestones, I realize the work and experience have more than made up for those milestones.

I've learned that I am dedicated and can complete large (dare I say daunting) tasks on my own. I also learned the value of feedback and that although I do need a lot of work to be a professional creative director, I can do it if I put my mind to it!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


After finishing my storyboards I was fortunate enough (and extremely grateful) to get the feedback of two storyboard professionals. Local animation director and storyboard artist extraordinaire Ron Doucet looked over my work and provided expert feedback for both the script and the boards. The feedback was thorough, thoughtful and just what I needed to hear!
Also Sequential Art instructor here at the NSCC, Crystal Marshall provided feedback on the boards and script as well, again very useful and a great perspective!

Both professionals suggested some changes in the story, particularly at the end. So my partners and I plan to get together to rework the script so that I may complete the boards to their fullest potential, at a later time. As such I will not be able to complete an animatic of my boards for this Self Directed class as expected. Although disappointed I cannot meet my deadlines, I want everything to be perfect before an animatic is completed. Perfection is important to me.

Despite the fact I will not complete the animatic, I couldn't be happier with the work I did this semester. The project storyboards alone would have taken me 120+ hours from conception to completion, not including the research, storyboard tests and character designs.

This class has been busy, crazy and somewhat harmful to my health and sanity, but I wouldn't change a thing!