Nuns and Cowboys

The following is a guest post by CWILL BC member Mary Jane Muir. To learn more about Mary Jane and her work, please visit her blog.

After much deliberation I posted my new video on YouTube. I have no idea what to do with it but I am so glad I made the piece. I guess an artist just has to keep on making art. So I may as well share this with my dear friends who also blog and who occasionally come by maplepancakes. Thanks for being there!

The video is six minutes long. The story is about a kid living in the 1950’s and her discovery of cowboy movies. So far I have shared it with my friends and I posted it on my portfolio blog.

My project was an experiment in animation.

I created the animation using an online drawing program created by Zefrank and Mario Klingemann, edited in Painter 12, and animated clips created using my drawings in sequences with Animationish (A wonderful animation program designed for kids).

I used my iPad to record the sound track with Garage Band. I had to make a few runs through it to get it without helicopters flying past or ambulances or even crazy drivers spinning wheels on the streets below. I recorded in the bathroom but then it sounded as if I’d recorded in the bathroom. I recorded in the bedroom with the story taped to my closet door so that I could stand up and read the whole thing without stopping because I haven’t figured out how to split tracks without them sounding disconnected. I also added voice tracks running under the dialogue. I became singing nuns and then later for the video, the voices of kids playing cowboys.

If anyone had been looking in at me sitting with my iPad laying tracks into Garage Band they might have thought I’d lost my mind.

But it is now finished and I had so much fun with it I am so glad I put the time into it.

If anyone wants to comment I will be so happy to know you looked at it.

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6 Responses to Nuns and Cowboys

  1. Mary Jane says:

    Many thanks for posting this Tanya!

  2. I really enjoyed the video, Mary Jane! Very entertaining, and I liked the illustration technique.

  3. Mary Jane says:

    Thank you for your kind comments Jacqueline. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed making it all come together and to know others enjoy it makes it all worthwhile.

  4. Lindsay says:

    Love this story and it’s format. This is very inspirational for me as I attempt to write and create my first children’s book. Thanks for posting this!

  5. I loved this! Such beautiful, quirky and unique illustrations. Beautiful line work. And a lovely story, to boot. Only one suggestion: more, please!

  6. Mary Jane says:

    Lindsay I’d like to thank you for your comment. I can’t ask for more than to inspire others. Good luck with your first children’s book!
    Carol Anne Shaw – You made me very happy by saying such nice things. Your website is beautiful by the way. And your art work is beautiful too.

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