IN 2011 I CREATED TWO WORDS - A YOUTUBE PILOT WEB SERIES THAT RECEIVED 11,000 VIEWS.
IN 2016, I'M CONTINUING THIS SIMPLE SERIES TO TRY IT FOR REAL.
Sitting in a small room in my second year of university, I was at a brick wall animating my personal stop-motion project, Missing Dad, an animation that would take me another three years to complete.
I needed a break.
I needed a way to test out different animation techniques and an outlet for seeing an end-result quickly. Enter Two Words: a short, snappy online series where films, TV shows and books would be reviewed in just two little words. Simplicity was literally built into its ethos: Simplify Everything.
In 2016, I'm in a full time video editing job with limited time. Two Words provides a great snappy platform for me to try out new techniques following the release of Missing Dad.
In this case I'm looking to learn and develop 2D animation using Adobe Illustrator and After Effects. I've been using stop-motion since 2006, so this is a whole new direction for me - but fundamentally the rules of animation stay the same. It's the new tools that are to be mastered.
I'm already blown away by what I've learnt, and the speed of 2D animating vs stop-motion. Scenes that would take weeks to build and shoot in stop-motion can be realised on the day of the original idea in 2D computer animation - perfect for a fast-moving web audience.
Two Words is launching in its 2D form on YouTube on the 1st November 2016 with two opening episodes and one every week. I'm a month ahead, so while I work on future episodes the focus will be on building an audience.
I'm really excited to see where this can go.
THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, SO GO TO THE TWO WORDS YOUTUBE PAGE TO GET INVOLVED.