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Published on Jun 21, 2014
In late 2003 I began production on a experimental short film in hopes of proving that technology had progressed to the point that a small team of dedicated artists could produce an animated film that could stand on its own in terms of visual quality when compared with other animated films of the day.
I had access to two home computers, one artist (myself), and a $5,000 advance from my book publisher that I could eek out to survive on for six months.
(Chronicaled in "CGI Filmmaking: The Creation of Ghost Warrior" Wordware Publishing, 2004, ISBN: 9781556222276)
Through this experiment, I had hoped to bring power to the artists, to the storytellers; by showing that even if animation was limited, that a moving story could still be told even on a shoestring budget.
I wanted to see artists telling _their_ stories; the stories that they, themselves, had always wished to see but that hadn't yet been made.
I can't say whether any real difference in terms of artist-driven productions was made as a result of this experiment. But I can tell you that I still believe in the beauty and power of the stories it seems nearly every artist harbors deep in their hearts.