ALLSON CRAIG / BARKO / 7:39
Many years ago (2008!), Chris and Shannon Prynoski came to me with the opportunity to make a short film through Titmouse. I had the freedom to make whatever idea came to mind. I decided to start with a circus dog doodle I had sketched months before and went from there. I spent a good 6 months just solidifying the story, designing the characters and creating the animatic. We would do occasional meetings to discuss its progress and I’d show a few friends and colleagues to get helpful feedback. After that, I was given a bit of time between projects to work on it (along with nights and weekends) and a lot of crazy talent to help me out with backgrounds, animation, cleanup, compositing, music and more. All in all, the film took 1 and half years to make. In 2010, it made the festival rounds and won a few awards. (Audience Awards from Austin Film Festival, Red Rocks FF, and Los Angeles Animation Festival). Thought you might like to see a few concept sketches of Barko’s beginnings!
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