Firstly, a happy new year to everyone, and 2009 is going to be a great year (because Archon Defender will be finally done... sometime...)
Now that Archon Defender is pretty much 'in the bag', which is to say all I have to do is animate and render the final hundred or so shots, do all the sound effects and remaining music, get voice actors to dub the computer voices, master, comp, encode and release it.
Which means I'm already thinking of the next film. Originally, I hadn't planned any sequels , however once you start working on a film eventually you finish it. Then you have a bunch of computers sitting around, and nothing to do. You show your friends the film, they tell you how cool it is, then the next day it's either drink beer and go back to your job with a bunch of computers sitting idle at home. Or. Make another film.
It's not the finished film that matters, as much as the process of making the film. It's the same with any creative art: It is the act of creating which supersedes the finished product. True, the artist is acting in a creative capacity with a goal in mind: a finished product of their intellect and vision which represents some aspect of their identity. However, the finished work is only a shadow or a remnant of the active, living process of creation flows through and from the artist during the creative process. I have always considered the greatest works of art to be the unfinished masterpieces of those respective artists who have passed away before completing their works, because it contains the essence of the raw creative ability of that artist at their peak of creativity, unblemished in the art of creation. (of course, the most recent thing that you ever do is always the best....)
Now, with all that in mind, I have been busy doing concept art for the next film, which will follow after Archon Defender:
Enjoy, and happy new year ;D