Toka, thanks for your feedback. Yes that’s one of my goals for my series, to be for the most part, contemplative and meditative. I want my series to have a sense of peace and stillness, which is the practice of Orthodox Christian Monks. Regarding storyboarding, that’s an excellent idea. It’s funny because with my first episode, I really didn’t plan anything, I just came up with the scenes as I went along and as I was learning. With the second episode I actually did very rough and loose storyboards on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, not much else. But for my third episode I am definitely going to be doing a lot more planning and storyboarding, and also definitely the animatic. I have the basic idea for my third episode right now in my head: My character is going on a short journey to a monastery, and along the way he meets a number of people that he affects in a positive way by preaching, showing generosity, compassion and humility.
Another thing I want to do is bring an element of fantasy into my series. For example, the monastery that the character is journeying to is located on top of a giant ancient tree stump. Here is a quick sketch I did of the monastery on the tree stump:
I thought it would be fun to bring my sketch to life in the third episode!
I also really like what you said, “Try and make the animation fit the story rather than try to fit the story around the animation”. I agree completely. I think that’s what I was doing before, as I was learning I tried to fit a story around it rather than the other way around. This is very helpful! I also like what you said with the long walk scene. Yes I definitely should’ve been more creative with the shots rather than just following him from the back. I’m thinking maybe I could’ve also had a low angle shot with a cricket hopping in the foreground as the character was walking in the background
I agree that the storyboarding and animatic will be a lot of help for me. I’m getting so much great feedback here that I will post the storyboards/animatics here for everyone’s feedback.
And lastly regarding the comments, my wife is also telling me that I should leave the comments on for my third episode. I think I will try doing that and see how it goes.
Thanks all for your feedback!