There are a great many positive things about working in an analogue way, but also a few negatives: one of the greatest being how much stuff you create in the process. The Last Belle now lives in small drive that can fit in the palm of my hand, but the artwork that went into it's creation takes up some 75 boxes, plus several oversize folders.
|A small section of Mount Lastbelle|
And it's not just 35,000 cels and 35,000 drawings clogging up my life. There are endless...
A while back I had a fantasy that I'd like to take all this artwork into a field, pile it up high, and create a huge bonfire out of it, around which friends and family could party into the twilight. Not that I particularly enjoy destroying artwork, but ultimately all that counts is the final film -- what you used to get you there becomes irrelevant.
But then it occurred to me that burning 35,000 sheets of triacetate cel would probably create a noxious toxic cloud large enough to wipe out a small town. And that's not the kind of publicity anyone would want attached to their film. So we're being a bit more environmentally aware and disposing of most of this stuff in a more friendly, but sadly less spectacular, way.
Over the next few weeks/months I'll post any interesting artwork as I stumble across it. We'll keep a couple of boxes of goodies for posterity, but the rest of it can go to the great animation graveyard in the sky.
And while we're on the subject, if your appetite for 'Spring-Cleaning-Artwork-Blogs' has been whetted by reading this, let me alert you to another blog: it turns out that just a few miles up the road from me Terry Gilliam's youngest daughter Holly is also crawling through a pile of her Dad's old artwork and is posting it on her lovely blog 'Discovering Dad'.
Enjoy! It's strangley comforting to know I'm not the only one wading through paper mountains and imbibing litres of dust...