Micro studio animated feature films are the future
If you have a tiny budget today and a tiny crew and want to make a "big" film how are you going to do it?
Live action tools have gotten cheaper BUT to make a big, epic film you're going to have to do a lot of this ridiculousness
Staring into the future of live action filmmaking for epic films
I don't think any of us can do this in our basements or garages
Ok this could be a basement but whatever its ridiculousHollywood will eventually implode and die- so who then will make epic films?
If you look at the cost and the workflow for creating epic/fantasy/sci fi/etc cg animated films are the ideal solution-
The current vfx heavy Hollywood films rely HEAVILY on green screen compositing/tracking wherein actors become more like data sources than actors- this hurts their performances and you can't blame them- how inspiring can it be to do this?
I know that acting/filmmaking requires the use of imagination BUT once your filmmaking technique becomes counterproductive and begins to negatively effect performance + the technical complexity of the workflows required to mix all this green screen nonsense with real actors and cg sets becomes more and more unwieldy.
When I see these films I say- why didn't they just do it all in cg? I know how the game is rigged so the producers can pay themselves shitloads of money off the top of the budgets etc- I'm coming from a position where I'm ignoring the scam that is Hollywood bookkeeping and focusing on the workflow and the end cost and complexity in making films in such a way- its NOT a sustainable method-
So if you or your microstudio wants to make your own original epic films get into the cg animation game!
Don't you want to develop and own your own properties? Instead of working on other peoples crap WHEN YOU KNOW you could do better?
I've seen it a million times before- the people with the skills actually MAKING the films have a love and appreciation for the art and craft BUT the dummy executives have no love- and their rigged game is now imploding- so why listen to them at all? OH that's right you need their connections so you can sell/market/distribute your work- well thats changing to-
Seems these days its all about GAMES GAMES GAMES- if you go all cg you can easily re-use your film assets for game creation given the appropriate workflow preparation- you can use the films to promote the games and vice versa- this is the future I'm looking at and it seems pretty awesome-
Sites like Netflix/Steam will totally supplant old world movie distributors- these new "silicon valley" based or minded businesses won't be as crony-ish/crooked as Hollywood- they won't care "who you know or who you blow" if you've got appropriate "content" in the correct format/specifications that people want they will buy/sell it-
Indie Cg filmmaking has these benefits over live action
You don't have to follow any story/thematic templates- if you can get it crowd funded its a go
Name actors don't matter like they do in live action- its more about the characters/story
You can build sets as huge as you want- more polygons doesn't mean more money spent
You can "shoot" in any location you want without permits or any other fee's
You can re-use assets- models/sets/animation/fx setups
The hardware and software gets better/faster and cheaper every year
Animation as a medium appeals to an international audience out of the box
Anything you imagine can be created and it doesn't cost any more than a mundane idea
"Re-shoots" are as simple as tweaking a few keyframes
You CUT OUT ALL "creative executives" and other redundant/useless people from the equation
You are bringing your work straight to the audience with no middle man
When you control the product you keep most all of the profits
When selling your "content" yourself you can use affiliate programs to give your cast/crew real residuals so everyone will in effect "own" the film/game etc
You can re-use your assets for game creation
As a final example here's the teaser trailer for my newest cg animation feature film that I've made in LESS THAN A YEAR by myself with a budget under $5000 (voice actors+Software/hardware+power bill)- its not perfect by any means, NO.
I do the best I can given my limitations as thats what filmmakers HAVE TO DO- MAKE THE BEST FILMS WE CAN GIVEN OUR LIMITATIONS not sit around lamenting because we don't have the ideal situation/tools OR sitting around online forums hating on anybody who does anything and trying to tear their work done to make yourself feel better.
Now I'm just ONE PERSON with less than $5000 and less than a years full time work- IMAGINE what lets say 20 people could do in three years time? Even part time?
So why aren't there micro-studio animated feature films with game tie-ins coming out of the woodwork?
Maybe people don't know what is POSSIBLE?
It is possible! I'm waiting for you all out there to do something AMAZING so I can watch it and be inspired! ^_^
So lets go "filmmakers" are you going to make films or just be a poser? Are you going to make the best film you can given your limitations or just keep whining about what you can't do?
Older folk may scoff at what I say BUT I guarantee you that there are some young people out there heeding my words and seeing my examples as to what is possible and THEY are going to make some AMAZING things that we will be seeing/playing in coming years- don't let them have all the glory ^_^
The excuses don't matter- you're either making your films or you're NOT- you can keep making excuses and lying to yourself as to why you are not but come the time of the death of your physical body you'll have to face the excuse music and its not going to be pretty music.
No more excuses- gather up your will power and do the damn thing! NO its not going to be "perfect" as nothing is- thats just an excuse not to start or do it- get over it and start!
Or not- but then you'll just be left behind and forever be a poser- a wannabe- or maybe if you're lucky you'll become a critic so you can try and tear down the people that had more guts than you and actually did it.
Even if you're just one person like me there is still a bright future-
When Variety reviewed my first animated feature "We Are The Strange" at Sundance they said this
it points an arrow toward the future of personal cinema
"Personal Cinema" has a nice sound to it- the ultimate form of expression through filmmaking- no filters- one persons ultimate singular vision= PERSONAL CINEMA
All this is possible NOW so the sooner you start learning your way through the cg world the better!Brought to you by professional weirdo M dot Strange.