Friday, June 17, 2011

Character Building

This past week, we've continued work on our current long-term projects. We’ve been developing our characters, building environments for them to live in, and creating the overarching story of their world. We’ve really enjoyed imagining how our characters might interact, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. Since our characters are hip to the latest trends, they’re naturally all on facebook. Look them up if you’re interested-- Billy Circus, Sheeva Circus, Maestra Circus, Marty Circus, Emile Circus, and Baby Circus. Maybe you’ll even see them on twitter soon! Or maybe not…

In order to ensure that everyone got a chance to do some animating, we decided to take a break from our long-term projects and create a short together. After an intense morning of brainstorming, we came up with a project that has proven to be a real NIGHTMARE—literally! We spent the day animating, and all gathered in the attic at nightfall to film a terrifyingly bad dream. We’re still working on editing and sound production (including toy instrument arrangements!) and finding new ways to spook things up a bit.

Other than that, we’ve been enjoying each others company, cooking and eating some delicious meals, continuing our weekly community movie night, and loving the Iowa summer weather. The gardens are yielding a bountiful harvest, the ducks have really grown (and they’re just as adorable as ever), and our feet are sneaking in a dance party whenever they can.

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