Wow, I can't believe it's taken me so long to post this! It's been almost two years since I graduated. For shame!! ^w^;
Anyways, this is my Senior Thesis animation "Into the Light." I spent one whole semester working on this project, from storyboards to finished product. I was the only animator in the class (it was a mix of film majors) and my professor was a filmmaker, not an animator, so it was a bit of a rocky road right from the start. owO;
Thankfully, I had the awesome musical talent of Devin Polaski to help bring this project to life! I appreciate his talents so very much, because if there's one thing I'm not, it's musically oriented. He really saved my butt! 8D
Looking back at it, I have mixed feelings. One the one hand, I wish I could have done more with it and get a little frustrated with its limitations. The two characters in it have evolved so much in their designs that it's sometimes difficult to look at their older versions. But that's just the perfectionist in me. It's never satisfied, no matter what I do.
On the other hand, this little animation is a triumph of sorts, because it was completed during a very, very difficult time in my life, and considering the challenges I was facing, the possibility of failure was absolutely real. In fact, there were many times I thought of giving up altogether.
Halfway through this project, my bad relationship at the time went from awful to abysmal. I left and ended up moving in with relatives and living in their basement temporarily. This was not a good situation, but I was out of options with only one semester left of school. I was jobless, homeless, and emotionally distraught. Insomnia plagued me to the point of needing medication. My sense of self had been pummeled beyond belief, and anxiety and fear of failure were constantly battering at me. There was no rest, no chance to recuperate and heal. My family, and those I wanted to be near, lived over 160 miles away. My friends were an hour away in opposite directions. I was a busy student with little to zero free time. I cried a lot.
Taking these things into consideration, it's really a miracle this project survived to completion, and to those who never gave up on me and encouraged me to keep going, I thank you with all my heart.
Despite its many shortcomings, this film won best animation at the 2010 GVSU Student Showcase. It was a bittersweet victory, since the person it was dedicated to was not able to attend, but it helped me to feel that my efforts had not been wasted and I could be proud of what I had done, so it was a happy ending. ^w^
Animation is © myself (Akagitsune/Oj Flohe 2012. Please do not copy, edit, alter, use, or distribute without my explicit permission. Thanks!