Working on short films has always been a fun but brief experience, and “The Ballad of Nessie” from 2011 was no exception. (For some reason it feels like only yesterday that we made the film.)
Each animator gets just a few scenes to animate, and the project is done. Nessie (under six minutes long) was animated by Ruben Aquino, Dale Baer, Randy Haycock, Mark Henn and myself.
Stevie Wermers-Skelton came up with film’s concept, and Kevin Deters joined her to co-direct.
We enjoyed working on simple, cartoony material again that was inspired by some of the Disney shorts from the 1950s.
The color image above is a still from one of my scenes.
A few of my exploratory sketches based on Stevie’s design.
This is a pre-production test scene I did which shows Nessie during a sad moment, all alone with her only friend MacQuack, a rubber duck.