I always enjoyed the Fighting Fantasy game books when I was a child. Of course now we have computers, consoles, phones and tablets for our gaming needs. However, there are some companies that are bringing back the spirit of those adventure books to our electronical world.
Inkle Studios is one such company. They have been diligently translating the Steve Jackson Sorcery stories to iOS and Android operating systems. Jolly good they are too.
Inkle Studios have also created some online software that allow ordinary people like me to create their own text adventures. It’s called Inklewriter.
So, in a bid to relive my youth, I decided to write my own little adventure. It’s short and silly. Also, it’s likely quite irritating as you get killed often without warning. However, if you don’t get distracted, you’ll probably be fine.
Anyway, here it is.
Whilst rummaging through some stuff, I found this old Christmas card that I made. It must have been from around 1998. I should also have some other designs from that year. However, they are probably on an old floppy disk for my Amiga. Maybe I’ll have to dust off the machine to take a look.
I’m happy to announce that Sun will be shown at the New York International Children’s Film Festival in March.
The film will screen as part of the SHORT FILMS 2 program on the following dates and venues.
Sunday, March 9, 3:30pm SVA
Sunday, March 16, 1:30pm SVA
Saturday, March 22, 6:00pm The Scholastic Theater
Saturday, March 29, 3:00pm The Scholastic Theater
Just a quick update to mention that Sun will be screened at Animated Exeter… er… in Exeter. More precisely you can see it in The Indies programme 14th February, 4pm–5pm
and 15th February, 1pm–2.15pm.
So if you are in the area, why not go see some films.
More details here
This year I directed a short film called Sun. It was actually an idea I came up with about six years ago but never got around to making. Finally at the end of 2012 we had some spare time at A Productions. So I was able to employ the skills of Phil Parker, one of A Productions’ resident animators.
Using my thumbnail storyboard Phil started animating each section of the film. I don’t think we even created an animatic. The timing was just adjusted as we went along. Phil worked in black and white using Flash.Once we were happy with the animation I set about adding colour and various painterly effects in After Effects. Although, I did like the plain black and white version.
I was then put in touch with a young composer called Joe Donohoe who built up the score from my basic instructions. “More bass. I want a cello. Can we have bass drums? Bass!”
Finally I added a few sound effects to the mix. Many of these involved me tapping or dragging my fingers on the carpet. A bit strange.
I’m very pleased with the film and I thank Phil and Joe for their hard work.
My task now is to enter it into some festivals. It’s already been accepted at Encounters Short Film Festival and has even made it into their, 90 seconds or under, Depict competition. Please go and take a look for yourself and if you are very nice why not rate it while you’re at it.
Below you can see the first and only sketchbook notes that I made for the film all those years ago. The idea basically came out of my head fully formed.