With two years of producing short videos under my belt, I’d been itching to create an animated introduction to the On a Brighter Note series. Once I met local animator Todd Ramsay and saw some of his fantastic work, I knew it was just a matter of time.
A big fan of Jim Hunt, Todd said he’d be happy to work with us. I called Jim to ask if he’d ever had any of his cartoons animated during his impressive 30-year career.
“No,” he replied. “But I’ve always wanted to.” It was just the answer I was hoping for.
I know I should have been satisfied with the weekly cartoons he was emailing me, and I easily could have been. Every time I open one of his attachments it feels like I’m opening a wonderful gift that will significantly add to my story in a way that I never could. But the idea of seeing one of his drawings move and start to sing made me want to move and start to sing too. So I did.
“I’ve written a jingle that I’d like to record,” I told my new music producer friend, Bob Gabelhouse, when I went to his studio.
“Can you sing?” he asked.
“Yes,” I said. “Like a banshee.” But that didn’t matter. The animation was intended to jive with the column, and how can I write a column about my life and not use my own voice for the song?
While I tortured BiG Audio Production Studio with my limited vocal abilities, Jim delighted the animator and me with four crisp, clean cartoons. The rest was up to Todd Ramsay to work his magic and breathe life into our vision.
The first time I saw the finished animation I immediately watched it again, and then again and again and again. The sound of my own voice made me cringe, but the visuals on screen were poetic. For someone to take the image in my brain and make it appear before me in a way I could never have done on my own is a wonderful gift that I’m so grateful to receive.
And it’s a gift I’m used to getting each week. Not just with Jim Hunt’s brilliant cartoons, but with Jason Woodford’s editing of my videos. Often we run out of the time and resources to get the videos exactly as I envision, but we get a heck of a lot closer than if I were doing them myself.
On a Brighter Note has required the skills of others since its inception three years ago and I’m proud and full of gratitude to have worked with some amazingly talented artists along the way.
My video this week showcases a few of those people. It also serves as a great example of what could happen should you ever trust me to tell your side of the story. To see that video with it’s new animated introduction, please click below: