July 28, 2011 : David Wolter’s “Eyrie”

I came across David Wolter’s short film, Eyrie, and I think it’s pretty impressive. Check it out below.

The animation and overall design isn’t all that refined, but the short still works… and quite well I must say. I think the obvious lesson here is the importance of story and how it should be the driving force for any project. You don’t need a sexy look and perfect animation to resonate with an audience – the first thing should always be the actual content (I always go back to South Park as a perfect example of this).

A secondary lesson here is the importance of music, particularly in animation. There isn’t a word of dialogue in the film; and while the emotions are well conveyed visually, the score does a great job of solidifying the tone throughout. I don’t think the film would have come off as well without it. It not only complements the short but enhances it, and that should be the goal when considering music in a project.

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July 1, 2008 : Princess

Being a huge Southpark (not to mention Trey Parker and Matt Stone) fan, it was surprising to hear that Matt and Trey created a Flash animated series in 2001 entitled Princess.

Would you like some tea?

Originally, Princess was supposed to be somewhere between 39 and 64 episodes (each 3-5 minutes in length); and it was to air on www.shockwave.com – a sister-site of Macromedia (which was the previous producer of Flash before Adobe took over the rights of the software package).

The agreement stated Trey and Matt would be able to create their series without constraints or censorship.  After the release of South Park, the people at Macromedia really should have known better.  Apparently after seeing the first two episodes, Macromedia nullified the contract; and no new episodes have been made since.

The links to these two episodes are below.  While it isn’t as good as South Park, Matt and Trey’s presence is obvious.  Plus, it is pretty good for a Flash cartoon that dates back to seven years ago.

Episode 1

Episode 2

It should go without saying that ‘Viewer Discretion Is Required’ – in fact, this is far worse then anything that can be showed on Comedy Central.  Enjoy.

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