My work on the fourth D&D 4th Edition short “The Red Dragon’s Interview” is finished and it has been well received by various RPG communities. As it wasn’t officially uploaded to YouTube by Wizards, someone else got around to doing it. Here it is (below) but if you want to see the nicer Flash quality version, you can do so here.
Remarkably, 99% of their comments are about the characters and the writing, rather than the animation itself. I guess I can see this as a small victory, partly because while admittedly I’m a bit of a feedback addict, I’m a believer that the animation and the medium must never outshine the characters and story. An audience must never be distracted by the puppet’s strings.
Going OTT on animation & FX can be as distracting as bad animation, particularly if the characterisation is weak. The D&D characterisation is strong and the writing is good so the animation itself faded into the background. Well.. that’s what I tell myself as I cry myself to sleep each night.