Pat Smith’s secret

From the journal of Pat Smith:

“it’s strange to start a new animated film. it seems so far away that i’ll be sitting in a theater watching it. but there’s a big secret about animation: it’s a series of steps, none of which are all that daunting. and sooner or later, there’s no more steps to take, and BANG, your film is done! at least that’s how it works with me.”

I got the same feeling watching the extras on The Return of the King DVDs last week. The task was too enormous for most of the crew to comprehend in it’s entirety.

I guess that’s the way it is with a lot of things. You keep doing it and doing it. Sometimes I catch myself thinking too much — staring at a software interface instead of writing code, or reading art blogs instead of lifting a pencil. Better to just try something, and save the thinking for walks or long drives.