Over on the 30 Second Film Challenge Blog, for any who are interested, I’ve posted the animatic for what may be the most ambitious film of the bunch. “A Gritty Western” is just that, a gritty western, in 30 seconds. The challenge, with this film, is to use the language of the western, the conventions of which most of us are more familiar with than we probably realize, to tell a story in shorthand, and avoid becoming a simple string of cliches. The film has to feel genuine.
We’ve boarded and reboarded this thing, and I think we’re almost there.