One of my team-2HC cohorts brought up the fact that it has been a year since we launched this blog, and that maybe this was a good opportunity to get off my duff and post something, anything dammit! (That’s only partially true; he did notify me of the occasion, but there was no pleading or cursing.)
That’s right, it’s been a year since we launched the Two-Headed Cop site. And, sure, it’s been a while since I’ve posted - if you consider four months a “while” - so you may be thinking to yourself, “why the slacking off, Derek? What’s been happening at 2HC headquarters since the end of the year? Is the project still moving forward? Are you able to do so without the Kickstarter money? What’s the current status of the film? Are you still designing and building characters? Derek? Hello?”
To which the obvious response is, “Hey, man. Back off.”
But that’s not my response. You deserve better than that.
On any anniversary the inclination is to look back over the year and reflect upon what’s transpired, to compare our present with what we had hoped for a year past.
Honestly, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. By this time I was hoping to be knee-deep in animation, which we’re not. I was hoping to have the storyboarding done, and a watchable cut of the entire film not only roughed in, but polished; we’re still working on the final two story sequences.
I was hoping to have a successful Kickstarter campaign so that I could afford to pay animators for their work, on top of the other costs of making the film; no soap.
I was hoping that we’d be wrapping up production on the film sometime at the end of this year or the beginning of the next; not a chance.
Yes, a lot of hopes were squashed, but the way I see it, they’re still alive, just slightly postponed. All these things I hoped for will still happen (well, except for the Kickstarter thing), just on a different timetable.
Plus, we’ve accomplished a lot: multiple characters designed, built and rigged; a minute and a half of finished animation; and the creation of an effective online pipeline, amongst other things.
And the greatest thing is that, so far, I’m really, really happy with how it all looks! I don’t feel like I’ve had to settle for anything, and I’m incredibly psyched about the contributions I’ve gotten from everyone else involved. Kudos to all!
And speaking of which, over the past year we’ve made great connections with tons of talented people who are excited to add their efforts to Two-Headed Cop. In the upcoming weeks I hope to post more regarding that specifically; there are some awesome people that are looking to come on board or already have.
So, yes, we’re still moving forward, and I’m as excited as ever about it.
Thanks to everyone on team-2HC for making it possible,
By the way, the image above is of Joan Bennett in “Scarlet Street”, a pretty sweet film noir by badass director Fritz Lang. Watch it when you get a chance, it’s got friggin’ Edward G. Robinson in it!
Were you at the Burbank Marriott this weekend? Well if not, I’m afraid you made a bad decision. What happened at the Burbank Marriott, you ask? A great time was had by all, THAT’S what happened.
The Marriott hosted the CTN Anim Expo, a weekend of all-things-animation for fans, enthusiasts and industry folks alike. Talented artists sampled their wares, panels of pros bestowed wisdom, and business cards were exchanged by the thousands. Also, some pretty good parties sprouted up each night. Also plus: Glen Keane was mobbed like a Beatle and handled it with real class.
The Two-Headed Cop booth got a lot of traffic, and I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by for their enthusiasm for our project and kind words. We heard repeatedly that people loved the concept and the look of the film and were looking forward to seeing it all finished. It was a fantastic overall response, and I couldn’t have asked for more. We also made a lot of new contacts with some talented folks I’m hoping will soon become part of the 2HC team. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to chat us up and find out more about our project. I’m dedicated to making this film, but you somehow made me even more excited to see it through to the finish. Kudos to all!
And now, a little time off to devour a turkey with friends and family. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!