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!
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.
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.