|2009 Studio Kinate Concept Art|
Near the end of the film much had been revealed to Ray but uncertainty still hung over his head. He was on the verge of losing his farm, the bank was ready to foreclose. The choices before him seemed to be keep the field and be evicted or sell the farm. He looks at the field of players, his family and the sales contract. How will HE decide?
I know only too well the emotions and the strain that Ray must have experienced. I've pushed our finances (with the support of my husband) to the utter edge. However, I know this is the thing I am supposed to to. I have seen the future and it is bright and wonderful. I have talked to those industry professionals who tell me the vision is good and the approach is right. Despite how it may look, I choose to "Go the Distance." Studio Kinate IS the first woman owned animation studio! This studio IS about developing strong CHARACTERS and STORY! This studio IS about the ANIMATORS and ARTISTS! This studio IS making history! And I WILL move forward and not look back.
And so, I pass this on to you. You cannot copy what someone else has done to achieve your dream; however, you CAN learn from them. You will have successes AND failures. Study the failures of others and learn from yours. Set your goals and work to achieve them. Attend critiques and workshops. If you want to be a writer, write and read. If you want to be an artist, take classes from the best teachers (even if you have to travel!). If you want to be an animator, study the masters and (in the words of Larry Lauria) DRAW, DRAW, DRAW!
Well, ladies and gentleman, next week I will be making a very important announcement. I am VERY excited about the new year so during the coming holiday season I am going to be reflecting on this past year and what lies ahead for Studio Kinate. So until next time, keep your vision alive and let your IMAGINATION be UNLIMITED!