Monday, May 14, 2012

Giantbomb Interviews Dean Dodrill (Elysian Tail)

 Was happy to see that Giantbomb finally posted their interview with Dean Dodrill about his work on Dust: An Elysian Tail for Xbox Live.  I first became aware of Dean's work through a book on Flash animation that I must have picked up over 10 years ago.  At the time, he was working on his own animated film and showed a production quality that rivaled any professionally produced movie being released in theaters.  I remember being blown away that not only was he creating the entire thing by himself, but that creating your own animated film was possible using "off the shelf" software and a home computer.  It really was a milestone in my life and showed that the tools are no longer exclusive to the studios and the "common man" is limited only by their drive.

I was a frequent visitor to Dean's blog and found a nice community of artists all submitting to the site and sharing ideas.  Its been a long time since any footage has been released on the film, but he still has some screen shots up on his site.  I think he's put his film on hold during the creation of his first game, but I'd love to see a glimpse of it.

Good luck to Dean Dodrill on his Dust.  I'm sure we'll all be playing it when it comes out.

Elysian Tail
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