A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the talented Elle and Carolyn of Pozible. They came over, we chatted about crowdfunding Good Grief, Gomez stuck his nose in everything and we all ate cupcakes. Good times.
As an Ambassador to the Pozible network I’m very happy to pass on my experience and advice about how the campaign for Good Grief went, and what was involved. You can grab some of my hot tips over at GiveMeABreak, an arts blog run by my good friend Christie W of Animo studios.
Good Grief has been rolling along very nicely and we’re getting accepted into festivals the world over. What’s even better is some of these are our A-list preferences and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an amazing collection of film screenings. From St Kilda and MIAF to Hamburg and Brooklyn, we’re going places! Head over to the screenings page for detailed info on where and when to catch the film on the big screen.
Shooting officially wrapped up last Wednesday as I frantically snapped our last few shots for the Good Grief credits and title plates. It was an epic end to an epic journey, and I’m a little bit sad not to be spending all my time with my little plasticine buddies any more. Still, it’s been an enormously rewarding experience for me as an animator. I really felt that I hit my stride as far as animating went in the latter few weeks of shooting – isn’t that always the way? My next film will surely benefit from the practice. And I think I’m going to benefit from spending some time in this sunshine that suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
We had some of the nice folk from Aunty in the studio a few weeks ago to film a piece about Good Grief for the ABC TV evening news. Here’s the clip!
Shooting has hit the half way mark and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all turning out. I have two sets left to construct and shoot, and although I may have to drop one due to time contraints (in an emergency) I’m going to give getting them both done a red hot go. Eight weeks sounds like a lot of time but in animation land it’s really just a blip – wish me luck!
On Tuesday night we reached the all-important 100% goal for our Pozible campaign. This is how we feel about it all…
Well I spent most of last week constructing a fake vegetable garden in the studio, then spent my weekend planting out a real one at home… there was a wise thing someone once said about art imitating life but I seem to be getting it a bit mixed up.
Shooting for Spangle the Boston Terrier wrapped up and I couldn’t be happier with what we’ve got. The daily rushes (or slows as they should be called when you’re dealing with animation) look fantastic, and Spangle really comes to life. He has such a sorrowful story to share but there’s so much to gain from it. I have to thank my good mate Dan for being so honest and open with us about the loss of both of his parents.
Well we’re just eight days into the fundraising for Good Grief and so far have amassed an eye-popping $3080 in pledges. I wanted to find a way to thank everyone who has contributed so far, but I am sitting on my pennies for boring things like food and rent – but what I DO have to give is what you’re here for – animation!