December is flying by and before the Christmas rush starts, I thought I would try to remember all the interesting projects that came through my studio in 2011.
The year started off with a snowstorm and my little white sand Christmas animation was posted on Cartoon Brew and Motionographer! The attention encouraged me to submit the film to several festivals this year. Including the Aspen Shortsfest. Being a neighbor to this wonderful festival, I not only was able to attend, but I also make their festival trailer, featuring a very Smart Bear!
Getting back into sand animation inspired me to start working on my own work as well this year. I pulled an underwater love-story off the back burner and began animating in earnest. After a successful kickstarter campaign this fall, A Tangled Tale is under full production and will hopefully be swimming around the festival circuit by late summer!
I had the joy of being in the wedding of a dear friend this fall. We've shared many adventures in the snow and sun together, during our time at Tahoe. I wanted to give her and her new husband a special gift, so I animated a wedding invitation to one of their favorite songs. It was fun trying to capture the story of their adventurous courtship in a simple narrative!
And finally, what would the Christmas season be like without another animated Christmas card? This year I offered to donate my services to Women of Vision - an organization that advocates for women and girls internationally. I liked how the final piece turned out so much, I decided to send it as my own Christmas card. If you are looking for a worthy charity to give to during the holidays, I highly recommend you see what these women are doing to create a brighter and healthier future for impoverished women around the globe.
And so, as the New Year springs upon us, please take a moment to give thanks, call someone you love, and eat a Christmas cookie for me!
Corrie Francis Parks