There were several bits of conversation above and from others. To summarize:
(a) I have a bit of formal training in graphic design and some fine art. I pursued oil painting seriously for about a decade. I have the ability to cartoon. For the past ten years I have primarily been writing. My best work, I believe, has been as a poet (and I include my children’s stories in this). Many of the children’s stories definitely lend themselves to a picture book form. Thelodius, I think, has potential beyond this.
(b) I have a text for the narrated story, of course, though not posted anywhere. I do not have a story board, though the plot is simple: there are four main scenes (no more than 3 or 4 minutes each), and each separated by a song…scene 1, song 1, scene 2, song 2, scene 3, song 3, scene 4, song 4. In all there are a minimal number of characters, one central protagonist and 5 or 6 other secondary characters (sheep, and beast, a strange creture, and bandit, a couple of children and a some shadowy figures). (Yes, it is very much like a traditional fairy-tale, though its structure is quite fable-like…fable…fairy-tale…both and…call it whatever you like).
© I have downloaded the Blender program, but have absolutely no experience with animation. Zero. I am starting from scratch, and am familiarizing myself with basic mouse functions, and navigating through windows and panels. Having said this, I obviously have mind to play and learn the application. It looks daunting!
(d) Placing that “daunting” feeling aside, I am certainly interested in learning the program, though do not want to wander aimlessly. I also have some genuine presuppositions about learning and collaboration. While I appreciate the encouragement to do the work myself, I also aware that work done in isolation (i.e. not shared) runs the risk of turning out flat. It was the best thing for me to turn the work over the a musician and let him work his magic with it. While I can piddle on drums, It’d have been foolish for me to set myself up as a musical expert…the work would have suffered and lacked the layered dimension of a shared work. Animation is much the same. I can experiment and appreciate something about this creative avenue, but would the story be better served by involving others? I tend to think that it might…and don’t take this as self-deprication. My concern is giving the story depth and quality.
(e) I am not a techno-guru. I have some free-space on my personal site, though seemingly not enough to post the enitre 215 MB sound file. Even after zipping the file, it looks to large to upload. What’s the best way to get such a large narration sound file uploaded? I think this may help the conversation and help evaluate if any re-writing/re-narration really needs to be done prior to pursuing animation.
(g) Question: Were I to, what are the first steps I should take in using Blender to do static character mock-ups? What sequence of tuorials would you suggest?
(f) I can’t disagree with the statement that I should work on being a better human being. This is always a good thing to work on.