With a western, there's a lot of cinematic language to work with. We've all seen them, we have a common language we can take advantage of. It's using that common language, playing with the cliches, without falling into just that, cliche, that's really tricky.
|villain design by Tabitha Lambert|
|stanger, design by Brittany Whittington|
Here's what Christina had to say about working on this film: After spending a year on a comedic film “Beam” which had energetic and exaggerated character animation, one day I thought “ I want to do a revenge story”. I decided a western is a good set up for a new experience. And it is. Suddenly we’re taking a more serious, dramatic and cinematic approach that is demanded for the film. Because this story has much much more subtle character acting, it requires more attention to storyboarding; triggering SO many feelings! Ultimately I’m glad I took this opportunity to forward my progress in creating stories. “A Gritty Western” is challenging and CERTAINLY a learning experience!
Brittany, Christina, and Tabitha are really busting their asses to make this film and to make it work. The board's been worked and reworked a few times over, but we're finally getting somewhere that I think everyone is happy and confident about it. I'll try to get the animatic posted for you soon.