So, this is my first post here and it’ll probably be a long one, so please bear with me.
I’m new to both Blender and the community - and like many others, I’ve been blown away by the possibilities now at my fingertips.
I have a question that I hope some of you’ll be able to help me with. But before I go into too much detail about my questions, let me just give you some backstory.
I’m a 33-year-old aspiring freelance writer/director from Denmark. I was raised by American TV and movies, so it was only natural that I wanted to build worlds, environments, characters and stories growing up. When I was a kid I initially wanted to become a concept artist, later a storyboard artist, then a 2D animator until I took a huge left turn wanting to become a filmmaker.
Now fast forward a decade or so and I began my studies in physiotherapy – Yes, you read that right, a complete derailing from my initial hopes, dreams and ambitions. I didn’t have the courage or confidence to pursue a career in filmmaking. So instead I found something stable. There were good job opportunities thus more financial security and a couple of my friends were also well into taking their degree in physiotherapy. So I thought; ”Why the hell not?”
3½ years later in 2014 I finished up my bachelor’s degree and became an authorized physio and everything was all fine and dandy. I started working, was happy and wanted to better myself as a therapist. I thought I had found myself a satisfying career. But that only lasted until stress and depression came on knocking and ultimately kicked my door in. I’d strayed so far from my creative passions that it was ripping me apart. I was following someone else’s journey, not my own and I was devastated.
So, in September 2019, I decided to turn everything around and focus all my time and energy on building a career within the film industry.
I reached out like I’m reaching out now within a Facebook group mainly for finding local film crews and with an open and honest approach I wrote my backstory and about my ambitions. I knew it was a long shot, but fast forward a month and I had been both a 2nd Ass. Director, and Production Manager on a few short films. I later ended up being headhunted as 2nd Ass. Director for a feature film and spent the lasts months of 2019 working on a professional film set with well known danish actors. About a month ago I got contacted by the same production company with them asking if I wanted to help them with a danish TV-show which starts shooting in June and premieres next year. I’ve been networking ever since.
As I’m slowly (but finally) building myself a career within the entertainment industry I’m also working on my own projects.
I’m currently writing a script/screenplay that I want to make into an animated series targeting an adult audience. Here’s the logline:
“When a young and drug-addicted girl persuades an older and reserved businessman into helping her free a friend from a human trafficking ring deep within the criminal underbelly of a decaying New York City in the late '70s, they form a controversial relationship with a very dark dilemma.”
I was inspired when I learned the ”I Lost My Body” was made in Blender.
I found this article here:
It showed me that it’s possible but with my minimal knowledge and technical prowess in Blender I have no clue how to achieve this (even though it is stated/shown how in the article)
I’m also inspired by this animated documentary for its dark and beautiful style. Though I’m not too keen on the animation.
Artistically they differ in both style and animation, but in what ways from an “inside Blender Point of View”?
“I Lost My Body” is too simplistic with its strokes and facial animations for what I’m after but other than that I dig the animation style.
“Nowhere Line” has the gritty yet beautiful style I’m looking for, but again, the animation seems off.
Is there any way to make a middle ground between the two?
Could any of you either direct me to a tutorial or help me get a better understanding of what I need to learn within Blender to be able to make a 2D/3D hybrids like above?
Can anyone point me to an artist/animator working with this style?
If you find my idea interesting I would love to hear from you!
It would be cool with more potential collaborators and mentors.
All the best and thanks!