A short made for Albino Blacksheep's Tournament of Flash Artists (TOFA 2012).
Round 4 Theme - Character Origins
- Protagonist must have characteristic strengths and weaknesses
- Characters used in the short must be newly designed (no characters made before the date of September 8, 2012)
Opponent this round:Thoughts:
"For the final round of TOFA, I needed to do something really special. I took a huge risk in the previous round, and I got the feeling that the judges thought I was playing it too safe or plateauing. That perhaps they thought I would be relying heavily on the voice talent to carry my cartoons.
I took that as a challenge. I needed to surprise the judges.
I jossed a few ideas around, such as the concept of silly superhero, Salt Lick (has a super tongue, is weakened by deer). Partway through writing the script I realized it wasn't going to work; it was still too dialogue heavy, and predictably silly.
I threw it out, after 5 days of sitting on the idea, leaving me with only 16 days to make a cartoon from scratch.
I decided to do a story with no dialogue, feeling that if I wanted to make it as an animator and really wow the judges, I'd need to convey a story with emphasis on visual storytelling. Something emotional; simple but profound.
This is the result. I hope it surprises some of you.
I'd like to give a shout-out to these guys for sticking with me while I worked on this, and who gave me the support to make one last cartoon:Also, I may have forgotten to mention that this cartoon won me the championship.