Yesterday we launched the first of a year’s worth of “Stories”. These will be men and women who I’ve met and chatted to, filmed their journeys while I took mine.
At the last minute, the star of our first story decided he no longer wanted to be included in the film, and I was most upset and left with the dilemma of what to do with his wonderful story.
The interview with “Brad” (not his real name) had taken place years ago in London, and he recently said “I’m no longer that guy” which I can fully appreciate.
Frankly I’d hope he wasn’t. The reason I’d hoped to use him, was to show that men can hurt too, and that pain is universal for all of us in the situation of an emotional split.
I had liked that he’d pointed out that, because he was a guy, he just felt “ashamed” talking about it – which is why he logged onto SYBD to begin with.
Some of his advice, which ended up on the proverbial “cutting room floor”, was for people to avoid “bottling it up”. He suggested people should be sure to let it all out in a healthy manner other wise it gets pent up and comes out a the most inopportune time.
True dat my friends.
So as we’d recently been doing our break up lines in Muvizu animation – I called upon one of my animators to animate Story 1 – which would disguise the voice and face of our Brad. Ultimately I am pleased with the outcome and maybe Brad’s shyness is a true blessing in disguise (as these set backs so often are).
“Chapter One” is you will see is now done and live online (on YouTube, the homepage, down below, etc), I wonder if we should make all of the future stories animated too? Or will animating them make them lose their universal and inspirational message in the lightness of it all?
Watch the 3-minute video if you would…
….And then tell me what you think, if you would be so kind?
I’ve had varying opinions from friends/family/colleagues – but none from anyone actually going through a break up right now (as far as I know), so basically not my target demographic.
Whereas if you’re here on the blog, you might just be. (Of course you may just be a supportive friend who’s clicked one of my social media links – and I’m thankful you’re here too, bless you).
Whoever you are, I hope to hear feedback from you soon.
To animate or not to animate that is the pressing question on my mind? Will animated stories still be taken seriously and will they prove helpful? I want to know.