I am (we are) doing something.
I’m doing something. With some friends. But also all people I’ve never met. Some colleagues, then. That’s the word I tend to use for all of the animators I know only through Twitter or Vimeo or Facebook or just plain email. That’s about 99.999% of the animators I know. And, in fact, I’ve never met another animator in real life who regularly makes independent, non-commercial work. That’s what I generally mean when I use the term “indie animator”. But the people I chat with online, people like Charles Huettner, Eimhin McNamara and Eamonn O’neill, these people are very important to me. They’re my people, I suppose. And this thing that I do is the thing that they do, and that makes it the thing we do.
Animation in the online sphere is still a young thing. There was a time when it was all about fests and possible distribution and screenings and such. All of those are still important and vital, but right now all of the best animation I’ve seen in recent years has been seen online the day the creator releases it, which is often the day it’s finished. It’s personal, immediate, actually creative and very much of a specific voice. It’s almost redundant to talk about the death of the gatekeeper and the rise of the curator. But for people like me who never had a chance getting past those gates before, it feels really good to run through them. And we do that individually most of the time. But maybe we should do it together more often. Because the things we make mean something. To us, and to others.
So I’m doing something with some colleagues. It’s the earliest of early days, but I think it has the potential to be something special. To be something you’ll want to know about. But you won’t know about it for a bit, at least not much for a couple of months. But when it happens you can say “Oh THAT was what he was talking about”. And hopefully you’ll be saying it with a massive smile on your face.
Was that vague enough?