BY HEATH McKINNEY MESA AZ USA - Wow, I really can't believe how much just working on this film has done for me. In so many ways. My first glance at film as a carear was through a class at MCC. It was called Digital Storytelling. Without thinking, I signed up for the class hoping that in some way through that class I would be able to learn how to Storyboard. I'm always drawing and coming up with wild Ideas for cartoons or stories, and I have done a few flash animations in my life but I could never really line them all up in scenes. I knew that I had to learn how to storyboard. The class wasn't anything near what I thought it was going to be, but it ended up being something much much more. My candle of excitement was lit and I started seeing movies and film in a whole different way. I was understanding script, and elements of a story, the story arc and where should it go and why.
But, yet, I wasn't getting that lesson in storyboarding that I had hoped for. Then Jabbes came along. He is a wonderful Director, I can say so because I have seen him in action. Not directing actors, but storyboarders. We patiently wait by his side to hear his insight of how one scene or another should be shot. So we can put our pencils down onto paper and try to give him a physical visualization of what he sees in his head. I love this. It seems like Eric, Jacob, Mario, and I have been working without rest and I still want to do more. I got home after what felt like 2 days rolled up into one, and I started drawing.
I would have thought I'd get tired of drawing after a long day but I couldn't help it; being able to see the movie on paper just gave me an energy I didn't know I had. And I can see a change in my abilities to draw, I'm getting better. I always want to give a hundred and ten percent to this project never wanting anything but experience, and a few memories I'd never leave behind. But this really is giving back to me as much as I put into it. It's giving me so much more to give to the project still. STORYBOARDING ROCKS!!!