The camera is packed up. The last set has been dismantled and the animation table is empty. It took just over 13 months to complete the animation on FROM HELL HE RIDES. There’s a sense of disorientation that comes with doing something for that long and then going cold turkey. Stop motion is not something that can be done in little bits, especially when you’re trying to shoot a 15 minute film. Blocks of consecutive hours need to be allocated and now that it’s over, the days feel very different.
I’ve completed animation on FROM HELL HE RIDES. You might think a moment like this would be met with celebration but truthfully it’s with a sense of relief and mental exhaustion that I power down the lights for the last time on this production. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of the last 2+ years it’s this … westerns are hard. This film was a massive undertaking but I have to say I’m extremely pleased with the results. I will take the next few days to relax and let this all sink in before starting work on the score and sound edit. In 2 months I hope to have a finished film.