This was a collaboration between artist Sheldon Harvey and writer Rhiana Yazzie and myself in an attempt to bring Sheldon's amazing characters to life in stylized cartoon form. Sheldon is an amazing artist you can see some of his stuff HERE (http://www.andrewspp.com/index.cfm?Area=ArtistDetails&ArtistUUID=9376618E-2F57-4538-BB97-2B11C297B312). His paintings are the inspiration for the coyote and the world comes from a collaboration with Chris Kintz and Rhiana Yazzie. It takes place in the yellow world when creatures are still in their spirit forms. This was a fun project, if I ever had time or the resources I would love to work on this stuff some more. This is more of a proof of concept short that is still quite rough.
The whole thing came together very fast and from start to finish was done in one month with zero budget. Other fun information includes the fact that I had never spoken to Rhiana or Sheldon until the short was done, all communication went through Chris. I am not sure why that happened.
What do you guys think? I was going for a very stylized yet not cel-shaded CG look and spent a long time trying to get an interesting looking shader on the Coyote. It's all Lightwave 8.5, FCP, a Chris narrates, and I did the sound stuff with some apple program. It's meant to be light and fun but any story or animation crits are greatly accepted.
Check out the website for more info and a larger version (WMV coming soon)
DOWNLOAD SMALL VERSION HERE (11MB QT7 required) (http://www.moltenpictures.com/coyote/Coyote-small-h264.mov)