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OH : 8 Years On by caat OH : 8 Years On by caat
Once upon a time, I believed the only way I would ever get a movie made was if a studio accepted my proposal and got their hundreds of employees to do it for me. Then I watched Minushi.

Minushi was a 90 minute animated feature created by one guy. It was the project that flashed a massive neon light at me with the words “Yes! YOU can do this too!” In July 2006, I made the decision to begin “Outcast Hero

I’m not saying the process has been easy. Far from it. You have got to really want to see that work of yours come to life. You have got to believe it has something to offer, that it is worth any challenges, pain and frustration you encounter along the way. Because those forces are going to be what will push you through the negative stuff.

While it is a long way from finished, Outcast Hero has grown so much from what I had when I first began, back in 2006. This year I have been updating the movie’s animatic with the results of some major script adjustments which really benefit the story, following which, I hope to test screen it for a second time.

I’d like to present Outcast Hero as an example to all those in their teens and 20s who may struggle with thoughts that they can’t make their projects because big companies aren’t backing them, or they haven’t got wads of money in their bank accounts. What you see of OH so far has been created without crowdfunding, and turned into an animatic by one person. However, I have not been without the support of many skilled and treasured friends who have also believed in my vision, and wanted to see it become a reality as much as me. People who have spent time discussing script tweaks, character development, contributed hours of voice acting, and so much more.

Sure, making it on a micro budget does take longer, but something is getting done. Far better than sitting and wishing, right? And maybe in time, your efforts will also inspire those around you.

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verna-c Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is exactly why you're one of my inspirations. I remember joining dA years ago and stumbling upon your projects and comics. At the time,  you were working on Rebirth, but seeing you start these wonderful original stories always gave me the courage to try them out myself, and your unwavering confidence in your ideas and stories was always a boost of inspiration for me and I'm sure so many of us! So gosh darnit, Gemma thank you for being awesome and keep doing what you're doing! I'm no good with words and I coming off so cheesy right now haha, but I'm seriously happy I came across your art the day I did or I really don't think I would be the same person or at least have the confidence I do now. :) And of course, I look forward to seeing more OH, WATSON Your Mind, and your future projects! ^^
caat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm really glad that my work gave you the confidence to start original projects! Over the years I've been following your accounts, your exploration and depth of imagination has been a real joy to see, and I can't wait to see where all this takes you. ^-^
BlazingCoral Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Maaan it's so cool seeing this little timeline here! It's amazing how far your project has come, and how much your drawing and animation skills have improved!

Hahaha, Muxlowe's hair-floof gradually shrunk over the years... the opposite of what happened to Mako for me. :P (Well, fancharacter!Mako, not the original critter version I use for him now.)

Wait, what the--is Vira blue in that first one?! That's so weird to see!
caat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha, yep! In the VERY early versions, all chimerites were blue. It is odd to look back on, I agree. XD
Alistu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh this is going to be awesome when it all comes together!
Happy animating and keep up the great work!
caat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That's what I'm hoping for!
Thank you :D
neilak20 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Anniversary!! :D
caat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank yooou 8D *hugs*
Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This made me smile so much. It's so amazing seeing all the years that have poured into this project and how you've stayed devoted to it, pouring so much time and passion into OH. You've definitely inspired me to return to Mechanima someday when I can somehow afford the time, and when I'm feeling like crap about not being able to touch it, I always think of your work and how far it's come over the years. Congrats on 8 years and on all your accomplishments in that time! Thanks for always sharing your inspiring words too.
caat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I do feel saddened that you're not able to get time to yourself at the moment, but if me working on my stuff is helping in some way, then I'm glad I am able to offer that. Thank you for your support!
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