This is a really small part of everything that I have done till I got my Graduation short film done, “We are Glad”. In here, you can see some of the steps that I…
This is my first sketch for “We are Glad”.
At that time, I had no idea what I was starting. “We are Glad” has been, for sure, the most challenging project of my life. It has been the biggest thing that I have ever done, but the bigger it seemed at first, the more rewarding is being at the end.
From my first sketch to the last finished version of the film, it is easy to see how much I have evolved from the beginning, not only regarding to the artistic part, but also to the story and conception of the project. Actually, what I have learnt this year is priceless. I have learned that the most important thing in any creation is the idea, the concept, the essence. There isn’t enough with beautiful drawings or a lovely technique: it is the idea who makes a great work of art. And as well as the conception of the idea, it is equally important to decide the right way to tell it, and it is very difficult! In my case, I had to think and rethink how could I tell the story to be understood. And even after hundred of hours thinking, writing, drawing and testing, I still feel that maybe I could have done it better. The amount of sketches, notes, and digital files that I have created for the production of this film is so big that I don’t think I could embrace it all.
Some moments have been specially difficult. Sometimes I seriously considered to end it all, as I saw that I had chosen a challenge too big for someone who has just turned up in the animation world. But luckily I found an incredible environment in the Animation studio, that has been my day-by-day place for this last year at uni. I have found beautiful people that have helped me out with my work and with my experiences here in London, and that is something really important that, regardless of what I achieve or not with the film, has meant much for me.
"We are Glad" may not be the greatest animated short film ever, but for me it meant the beginning, the discovering of a new world of infinite possibilities. Now, I know the process, I know the technique, I know the way. And I am sure that this is going to be the start of something great that will be improved over the years and the experience. Whatever I do next will continue exploring my possibilities and my strengths in the Animation world, and that’s something beautiful. I really have enjoyed the experience of bringing my own idea to life, so I am sure I am gonna continue doing my best and creating my own projects, so that, someday, I will hopefully be part of an animation studio and will contribute with my best works to build great stories.