I’ve always been very fond of daily creation challenges.
After having done the Inktober challenge (31 themes to inspire creation on every day of October) for several years, I’ve taken up the more recent Motiontober, an initiative by the French motion designers collective qimono.
The goal is to follow (or not) a list of 31 prompts to create 31 animations throughout the month of October.
Of course, 31 animations require more work than 31 drawings, and you have to add that to the commercial work I do.
The main trick was to go for a simpler style than my photo realistic habits, almost 2D, and to reuse as much as possible animation elements from one video to another, and to use third party assets to save time (and not have to model a complete character).
Plus, I had just finished a long series of daily renders over several months so I didn’t want to just make 31 disconnected and useless animations for my portfolio.
I found a way to adapt the 31 themes on a global theme, my newfound passion for running, in order to use these 31 animations to assemble a short film and tell a story.
And I’ve just finished editing it. It’s far from the product commercials I’m used to, which made the exercise even more interesting!