This is a journey through time to the very first animation I did back in 2005. I was doing an A/V course at my uni when the instructor said, "… and this is how you make animations." I got hooked. I wanted to try this immediately, but I hadn't had any equipment or much technical know-how. All I knew was I have to move things frame per frame.
I scanned an illustration that I had made earlier that year, and moved the layer frame per frame in Gimp, an open source image editing software. After every move I saved and numbered the images to import them in the right order into my video editing software afterwards. Pretty simple setup. I still like the idea of keeping things simple and showing little stories or episodes at the same time. The drawing was perfect because it already had this inherent story of a fish with a ball who wants to play with a sad girl.
When I had a closer look at the image I found a few things that I still see in my current work: a love for absurd situations, and using stamps and watercolors to achieve a layered look.
Back in 2005 I chose a copyrighted track to the music since the animation has been a digital christmas present for a good friend. Since I wanted to share it with you now, I decided to use another track by the awesome Ergo Phizmiz who gently allowed me to use his music. I also edited the titles, but the animation remained mainly the same. I made a few timing adjustments here and there to fit it to the music, but I think you'll get the idea. Ergos music adds a nice dose of strange to the sweet, weird atmosphere of the tiny story.
Find more of his music here: freemusicarchive.org/music/Ergo_Phizmiz/