The story follows a boy whose dreams take him to a strange world, his only possession a flashlight. The land around him has been untouched by light, which escapes from his flashlight and becomes a malevolent force that corrupts everything around it. The boy confronts twisted inhabitants of the world as he seeks to undo the damage done.
For a while now I have been entranced by the beauty of light painting photography, and was especially interested in its use in animation. I have always felt that light painting animation is a medium with a lot of room to grow in, and I hope that what I'm working on is breaking some new ground. This is my attempt to make what are essentially moving photographs.
Unfortunately, I also bit off much more than I could chew with this project, by directing & starring in it -- especially considering the hundreds of animated shots, with each shot taking up to anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to set up (and each shot being composed of several dozen frames, with each frame taking anywhere from 10 to 40 seconds to capture), all while trying to get this done for a two-quarter college class. While the project may never finish (at least not in its original intended form), at least 75% of the footage has been shot and might be made usable by editing it together into a slightly different story.
Whatever direction the film may end up taking, I certainly can say that I learned an enormous amount about filmmaking by taking this on -- without doubt, this has shaped my entire work ethic. If it wasn't for this, I probably couldn't have made Coup de Cinema (http://www.coupdecinemamovie.com). So no regrets! Onward to the next big film!