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The Importance of Beginnings

The Importance of Beginnings

April 7, 2014, Creative Process

There is something to be said for the head-first, worry-about-it-when-you-get-to-it approach to beginning. Starting something new is hard. And it doesn’t seem to get easier with age or experience. Every new endeavor comes with a whole new set of obstacles. Obstacles that you cannot possibly anticipate because you’ve never encountered them before. The unknown will paralyze you if you think too much about it. You almost have to leap before you look, or you’re liable to talk yourself out of ever doing anything new at all.

We’re steeped in new beginnings here at Tinted Lantern right now. Producing the kind of stories we want to tell on film, online, and on the page is no small undertaking. No matter how solid our foundations may be, we still don’t know what we don’t know. The only thing we are certain of is where we want to land. How we get there recalculates on a daily basis, but the destination itself doesn’t change.

It’s easy to feel lost and untethered when you’re smack in the middle of the unknown. This title sequence is our grappling hook. A thing we can throw forward into the abyss and use to pull ourselves through the dark and scary parts. It isn’t important or essential to always know how you are going to get somewhere, but you do have to know where you want to go. This is where we want to go, and when we sit in a theater with a full audience and watch this title sequence, we will know we have arrived.

Tinted Lantern Title Sequence Credits

Conceived, Directed, and Edited by: Paul and Amy Thomas
Animation and Post-Production Visual Effects: Paul Thomas
Music: Amy Thomas
Copyright: Tinted Lantern Title Sequence © 2014 Tinted Lantern, Inc. All rights reserved.

Production Software and Equipment

Animation Production Software: Animate Pro 2
Post-Production Transitions, Effects, and Conversion: Final Cut Pro X
Filming Equipment: Canon EOS 7D; Zeiss ZE 50mm F1.4
Music Production Software: Ableton Live 9 with Max for Live