Steph thought it might be a good idea to do these progress journals as I kind of learn more about the whole process of starting an animation project from the ground up.
So?! Let’s start from the beginning….
Around 2009, I started Aut Animus Caput with a friend as an open collaborative project… and uh. I guess that’s really it. That’s how AAC began, not really with big plans of animation or long term storylines and ideas. It was just kind of a world that I built for people to put their characters in and kind of adapt them to the setting. Even Capulet didn’t really begin as anything more than a caricature of a spoiled prince. He, like the rest of the story, just developed and got more refined as it went on. ( Image 1: 2009 Capulet vs 2014 Capulet. )
It stuck like that for a while! Though I really liked my idea, there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for it and it teetered off after the first few months. I didn’t think anyone really got into it. I kind of developed more of the story on my own for a long while, along with some friends in highschool here and there. Just something we poked at between classes.
Mid-2011 I decided to start it up again with Kiwi and Steph, throwing the entire series into a veritable renaissance. We’ve scrapped so many things and remade so many characters, and even the story has been polished with symbolism and subtleties and just plain TLC. AAC was a lot like a neglected puppy.
Come 2014, we started real production on an actual project?!
AND NOW WE’RE ACTUALLY STARTING THE ANIMATION?
But yeah you can see up there some of my different early sketches.
That’s all! Hopefully I can do more of these in the future.