I know there are some people out there who are huge fans of traditional animation pencil tests, and the funny thing is, me too. They show so much more character and life than the clean up. It's like the character is actually breathing.
Here is the complete compilation of my pencil tests for my film. Hard to believe 9 months of work can be summed up in a 15 minute reel! That was a lot of pencil milage!
Well this was a pleasant surprise! Camel Country was chosen to be part of my Alma Mater's Moving Pictures show last night! Besides Camel Country, there were only 3 other animated films that were shown, and there were still a few more from my graduating class that I wished would have had another chance of being viewed in front of a brand new audience.
No one came up and talked to me about my film after the event however, but it was still a enjoyable night to be back at school and reunite with old friends and instructors.
Here are the little nods, inside jokes, homages, and hidden gags within my film. See if you can find them when you watch it next time!
Egg #2 - WB 301 shipping number on the crate stands for the room number of senior studio Walter B Ford 301
Egg #3 - The totem pole features the main cast from my comic/fantasy series Snordo Dragon
#4 - The initials chipped into the bark stand for College for Creative Studies sweethearts, Matt Downs and Rachael Milobar.
#5- The star constellation shapes the letters CCS, my Alma Mater.
At long last, the animatic for Camel Country. This was the blueprint for the entire film in means of gag timing and animation timing.
The late and great Joe Ranft, a gifted storyteller that once worked at Pixar refereed to it as story-RE-boarding. It can be a very tedious step in the pre production, but this step is important because the storyboard pitching process can make or break the entire story.
I loved pitching this story when I was first given the chance to. I would love to do storyboarding for a living.