In January 2010 I finished my script for The Wendigo Effect, my full length science fiction horror movie.
I realized that it would be very difficult for an unknown filmmaker to raise the money I needed to build all the sets I wanted. So I thought about making it as an animation film.
In the past, I had done a lot of 2D animations and rotoscoping and I knew that creating a frame to frame cellanimation is always a huge amount of work. As in working half a year for a 19 second clip. One of these projects were the animations I did for the music video for my friends from the band Dark Signz. Although I love doing things like that, it´s not a workflow to make a whole movie out of.
So I had to teach my computer to draw and animate the way I do.
I did some tests early in 2010 and they went well. Next thing I needed was a project to test my workflow.
Voilá, Echoes was born.
Echoes is the story of a female navigator stranded on a dead planet. With all her crewmates having dies and food and water running out her only chance to survive is to go out, into the desert…
Here are some concept tests I did very early. They also show the kind of textures I am going to use in the film.