The rise in popularity in using technology for animation has brought about a subsequent explosion in creative output. For decades, animation was the preserve of a few who had the right resources and location to do it. That’s all changed though, and while today anyone can create, produce, and distribute animated content, many offer only excuses as to why they’re efforts do not produce results.
Yesterday, I was treated to a screening of an independent animated feature film called The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead. Written, directed and animated almost single-handedly by Australian Elliot Cowan, it’s a film that I’m still mulling over in my head the next day; a good sign if ever there was one. I’m not going to comment on the film itself just jet, however, the entire project has prompted some questions of my own on independent animated films in general and especially those done by one man bands or very small studios.
- If Elliot can make a feature, why do so many others either fail or never try?
- Is perseverance the key to finishing an animated feature?
- What’s the general gameplan for what happens after the film is made if there even is one?
- What’s the ‘secret sauce’ to making related merchandise that sells?
- Why is financing so ridiculously complicated, and costly for even small budget films?
- Have characters in general become too complex in animated features?
- Should independent films even worry about targeting an audience?
- Are traditional promotional/marketing channels already dead or merely dying?
- Why are international sales such a formidable barrier in the age of the internet?
- Are 35mm prints dead for technological or cost reasons?
All-round nice chap Elliot Cowan, known to his legions of fans around the world as the creator of Boxhead and Roundhead, has embarked on the formidable task of creating a feature film featuring the quirk duo.
Below is the video he recently posted detailing how exactly he manages to squeeze making a film into his already hectic day. Besides making us all appear instantly lazy, it’s all done in Elliot’s very affable Australian way.
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