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!
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.
It’s been an incredible week. On Monday we launched our Pozible fundraising campaign in order to shore up a post-production budget for the film. We thought we’d be struggling to make it over the line given how tight money is at the moment – but how wrong we were. So many of our generous friends, loved ones and philanthropic strangers have put their hands in their pockets and chosen to help us out – as of this morning we’re sitting on 77% of our target and we’re only four days in. We are so grateful and cannot believe how much goodwill there is out there for this project. What an amazing gift, thank you.
We’ve popped a few photos of our first set up on FB – pop on over and watch the first set shape up before we start shooting next week.
The full set is available here.
After many months spent thinking, brainstorming, mooching, gathering, interviewing, editing, writing, editing, writing, cutting, editing, track reading and eating chocolate, I’ve finally started to build the little world that is going to house Good Grief. I love this bit!
Here’s a snapshot of our first character puppet, Dan a.k.a ‘Spangle’ the Boston Terrier. He’s naked right now, but soon to be a flesh and blood clay character.