ILL MET IN NEW LANKHMAR
Half a century ago, my great-grandfather Fritz wrote fantasy fiction’s first anti-heroes: one tall and brawny (based on himself), the other (based on his best friend, but who I see as much more like me) small and brainy. Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser retains the admiration of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and the multiverse of fantasy writers between them, but the influential travels of the original sword and sorcery duo now seem to retain a mold and mustiness too stale for a 21st century audience.
With over 9 years animation experience in After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere--and a script to reinvigorate the crestfallen heroes--I am finally ready to take the reigns of my great-grandfather’s seminal works. But it won’t come easy.
To upend Lankhmar’s hyper-masculine, chauvinistic roots and uncover a kaleidoscopic underbelly of new religions, resistance, morals, and mysticism--I need a year. A year of research, character design, background design, storyboarding, rigging, voice recording, motion tracking, compositing, post-production & promotion. To create a modern sword’n’sorcery pilot that discovers the value of unity over discord, explores the many facets of gender and race within the fantasy realm while remaining chock full of action-packed animated sequences. To inspire the next generation of animators, and show them the process of pilot creation from start to finish--just as my great-grandfather inspired so many authors with his craft so long ago--I need to be an Adobe Creative Resident.