How to make an 11 Minute Animated Pilot for TV in 22 Days by Yourself. Lessons Learned.
The Story of Sky Glyderz Part 1
This is a story about a Pilot that no one saw which could have been good but when you have to write,direct,draw,animate,lip sync,do sound FX, mix music,edit and everything else that goes with making an animated pilot things can get difficult especially with a 22 day deadline.
The 22 day deadline came about after having a terrible pitch to a producer which I will tell you about later. After the pitch went awry, Comedy Central told me that I could submit a pilot to them but I had to have it done in 22 days and that I would be competing with multiple other pitched shows. I jumped at the chance naturally and decided I was going to do it and nothing can stop me. Except maybe a really short deadline. Now at this point I had done a thumbnail storyboard for the pitch so I had drawn the characters and done some animation with them but not an entire 11 minute show by myself.
In order for me to tell you about my experience I guess you should probably know a little about The SKY GLYDERZ. First of all it’s a parody of a parody which is Sea Lab 2021. The Pitch Line was A team of five misfit hangliders attempt to save the world from predator crime and the bizarre. Meanwhile, thwarting the never ending attacks from the evil wizard dude Vybron. Wow! Looking at this now, it’s just two terrible sentences. Uhhhgg! Anyway, I loved the old school Hanna-Barbera works and I thought it was a funny concept. maybe it was maybe it wasn’t. Never the less I am still proud of everything I accomplished in 22 days and it only made me better today.
Basically, these five idiots work from a secret base inside their favorite fast food restaurant Bürger Burger solving low level crimes that the police don’t even bother with.. They have all kinds of high tech equipment yet the reasons for it are not apparent. Most of the villains are creepy versions of what I thought Hanna-Barbara might do if they were involved with this project .They never would be…ha ha, but if they were then I tried to draw like they would have if that makes any sense. It might not. I haven’t slept well in the past couple days, so that will be my disclaimer. Vybron is the main villain and he has a sidekick who has a sidekick which talks using the Japanese Google Translate girl voice. For some reason Vybron thinks if he defeats the SKY GLYDERZ he will rule the galaxy. Obviously we all know that is not the case. One thing I always thought was funny is that once they get to their destination on their gliders they really didn’t have any way back and that’s a little insight on how this so called team works.
Now that You know a little about the SKY GLYDERZ, Part Two will discuss my trial and tribulations on trying to finish what seemed like an impossible project. I’ll discuss animation problems I ran into as well as everything else that goes into trying to make a quality animation in 22 days by yourself. Tune in next time. Hopefully this will help out someone interested in or does animation and they want to have their own show.