Entry 100: Grasping at Straws
The progress for animatic keeps dragging behind, mainly due to my inability to produce scenes at a steady rate. I would like to blame this on a number of factors, but the real issue is my work ethic, but even that is up for question as well...?
Earlier this week, a friend from college saw my December profile picture that I created, and he wanted a version of himself. I mentioned that I was busy with my current projects (which I was), and that I might not be able to make one for him. Fast-forward a few days, I randomly stop working on my animatic and proceed with creating a profile picture for my friend.
I have mentioned this before, but apparently I lose focus on a project if it drags on for too long with little to no results, which, in a way, is disheartening for a completionist like myself. Usually I can grind through the project, but this animatic has been in development for months and I keep hitting technical blocks every time I make great strides.
I did some math for the completion of my animatic at a deadline of January 1, 2016. According to the numbers, as of this Blog Entry, I would have to create 20 scenes per day to finish by the end of the year. For perspective, I normally complete 3-4 scenes a day...
And to ramp up the difficultly, my greatest hurdle is the "dragon" scenes that take up the second half of the animatic, which was a technical nightmare in early tests. So what's my goal to finish by the year's end?
I'm going to photograph a tree branch, for starters.
What I mean by this is that I feel compelled to complete something, if anything. A while ago I took a photo of this lichen-covered tree branch with my phone's little camera:
This is one of my favorite photographs I have ever taken, of all time. The contrast, the lighting, the macro field, all of these elements make a dying branch appear as a spectacular work of art. So tomorrow, I am attempting to relocate this tree branch and take a higher resolution photo of it, which might draw some creativity and inspiration for me, and thus, make me feel somewhat accomplished.