The Crossing

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THE CROSSING

A group of wildebeests are on the side of the river. A boat is there. The leader of the group hands TAR a bag of coins, as the wildebeests all climb into the boat.

TAR wades across the river, pulling the boat with one hand. The wildebeests look nervously about. There is an “aquarium” style shot, so that we can see above the surface of the river and below it at the same time.

Crocodile warriors rise up out of the water around TAR. One of them plucks a momma wildebeest out of the boat, while TAR is fighting with two others on the other side. The wildebeest passengers are in a panic.

TAR kills the two crocs that he is fighting. All the Splashing and thrashing about ends and the water becomes murky with blood. The passengers are still looking about, agitated and afraid.

TAR hauls the boat onto the shore of the opposite bank of the river,and the wildebeests scramble out.

The wildebeest leader is angry. Waving his hands around, points at the water, the boat, and the orphaned child (who is crying for his momma). TAR looks back at the water and realizes that one of the passengers is missing.

He reaches into his pouch and takes out one coin. He shrugs his shoulders and give the refund to the wildebeest. TAR returns to the boat, collecting his gear, while the wildebeest travelers walk off, continuing on their way.

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Working on designs and storyboards for the next episode… I’m looking for animators and potential collaborators on the Hash Forum , so let me know if you want to participate!

The Pitch…

Here is the Pitch Bible for TAR of Zandoria.

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It’s got the slug-line, introduction, characters, and episode spring boards–all the required things for the pitch (based on everything I’ve read)… But WHO do I pitch it to?

That’s the thing that all the books and tutorials about pitching your ideas seem to skip… Unless you happen to know the right contact, it isn’t easy to figure out where to go next.

Have you found yourself in this same spot? Where did you go next? Let me know in the comments!

 

Channel accidentally deleted

My Zandoria YouTube Channel got accidentally deleted! So I will have to rebuild…All of the subscribers, statistics, etc. lost. I will have to recreate the playlists for the Siggraph Animation:Master tutorials, which may take me a few days. But I have re-uploaded the First Episode of TAR of Zandoria. Share it!

Plans for 2015

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I have been working full-time on this and freelancing for the past year–Resigning my day job at the end of 2013. It has been scary, humbling, exhilarating, depressing, gratifying… all over the map emotionally.

While I was able to create the first short by myself, I also realized that it would have gone faster working with other artists, and it probably would have been even better…

I realized that I have a lot to learn when it comes to distribution, or pitching, or fund raising–or just getting people to watch it for FREE on YouTube! Yet I look at my poster of TAR on the wall, and I know that I can’t give up…I’ve wrestled with the idea of trying to do it as a graphic novel, or something easier for a solo artist to pull off, but I think that is just that familiar fear of failing….

True, I’ve proven that I can create an animation! It isn’t as polished as it could be, and I had to cut some corners, but, I did it. I have been in a kind of creative drift since uploading “Marked for Death“… I guess that I just thought that if I finished it, that people would see it and then somehow I would be successful/validated/loved? I dont know..It’s kind of crazy. The after-birthing of a huge project seems to take as long as the delivery!

Now I’m ready to continue, to take it up a notch, to bring my (our) dreams to life. I want to create an Open Studio where other aspiring artists an animators can join this project.

I believe that an open project like TAR of Zandoria is the hope and future for the Animation:Master community of artists and animators. It isn’t about just software.. an Open Studio creates the ecosystem for the artists to collaborate, for newbies to aspire to learn, for mentors to coach, for the software to gain subscriptions, There is something in it for YOU, whether you are a modeler, rigger, animator, programmer, or fan!

Since I have no funding up front, I have to figure out how to divide royalties among what are essentially co-creators of the final product. Whether YouTube royalties or DVD sales every participant has a stake in what we will create.

TAR of Zandoria, Episode 1

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I’ve been working on this for so many months, it feels great to finally have something to share with you! Thanks to all of my friends and family who have encouraged me to keep going, especially to my wife Sharissa for her faith and support!

I hope you will share the video with your friends and followers, so that TAR of Zandoria finds some fans 🙂

Composer Alan Williams Creates an EPIC score for TAR!

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Alan Williams is an award-winning composer and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits. Alan’s scores include the Academy Award nominated IMAX film, Amazon, Sony Pictures Classics’ Mark Twain’s America in 3D and some of the highest rated movies made for television. Alan composed the award-winning score to the animated film, “The Princess and the Pea” and also co-wrote the original songs with Grammy Award winning Lyricist David Pomeranz as well as the Student Academy Award winning short “Pajama Gladiator”.  His score to “Estefan” received an Annie nomination for best original score. He has been awarded the Insight Award for Excellence for his score to “Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa”, 13 Accolade Awards for Best Original Score, 8 Park City Film Music Festival Gold Medal for Excellence awards as well as his score to “Crab Orchard” being named as one of the Top 20 Film Scores of 2005.  Alan has received 3 Global Music Awards for his albums “The Cinema Collection”, “The Documentary Collection” and “Patriots of Freedom” and a Prestige Film Gold Award for his score to “Cowgirls n’ Angels.”

When Alan contacted me during last years Kickstarter campaign about creating music for TAR, I didn’t really understand just how amazing and generous his offer was. I had an idea that the score needed drums, but otherwise I was pretty clueless about music…

Today he blew my mind with the the most awesome, visceral, pounding, epic musical score for the first episode! My heart was racing as I listened to it! It was just intensely powerful–it totally takes the animation to a higher level. It is EPIC!

You will hear it soon, and I know you will love it too. Until then, check out his work at http://alanwilliams.com