Well, ALMOST. Work was sloooow today so I got to spend the grand majority of it working on The Hat. This morning I got the shadows working (and look at that beautiful dark purple against the wall!) and some niggling done on some of the animation. I also got the ending done...which actually took a lot LESS time than I thought.
I was astounded at the end of the day (ahem, like right now, baby) to realize I was done in Maya. I really was afraid I would be burning the midnight oil next Tuesday getting it finalized. Now I've got this bad boy rendering out...and I expect it will take all night and a lot of Saturday to do. Monday night I'll compile it all in Premiere, add some sound effects and a temp track (it looks like "B Minor" by Leahy works fairly well,) and ... assuming I can get a regular score for it... Ah's DONE. (knock knock knock)
It's been exhausting and frustrating and exciting and terrifying and tedious and exhiliarating...but I am just about to have a new short under my belt. Don't get me wrong...I'll always be hugely proud of Tea for Two... but considering I completed it in Feb 2002... it's high time I have another short to show off. I resolve to NEVER let that much time go by between shorts again.
It's strange...no matter what is going on in my life...it has been art...drawing, cartooning, animation that has saved my sanity. I can't think of a single situation where creating something has failed to provide me solace. I think of gigiss and his post today talking about how he alieviates boredom in meetings by doodling and I am the same way. I am grateful for many things. Tonight I am grateful for my creative ability and the opportunities I have had to nurture it. Everybody at work has been most supportive of this project and I think some are just as excited as I am to see it through to completion.
So close. So very, very close.