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That's probably my least favourite film. Mostly because I never really wanted to make it. It shows in lack of key frames and absolutely no development in the story, which would have been easy to produce with a couple of extra little scenes to show the passage of time.
Why did I make it? Well, last year I attended a film event called RoughCut that was being run by Tropfest and Sony. RoughCut's a pretty good event for networking. At the end of the event they announced that any filmmaker who had attended RoughCut could win a $10,000 High-Definition digital film camera and all they had to do was put a film into Tropfest. It didn't matter how good or, in my case, bad the film. From what I could tell there was about 30 or 40 filmmakers there planning to put films into Tropfest. I liked the odds. I didn't win the camera but at least I made a crappy film. I should have just had sock puppets dancing on the screen for 10 seconds, would have been easier.
As usual though, I did learn a lot from the process of making the film and the way I made it is going to come in very handy for this next project. I did like some of the modelling on the ship, the smoke and the lion. At least, this time, I have a story I believe in. To give you an idea of how I made the characters in 'Beast Adrift' here's a photo of the original Lion 'puppet' taking a ride on the back of my mouse.