Inspiration: 'Pining was the direct result of my first ever encounter with a real live porcupine in Taylor Park, Colorado. The summer before I started grad school, I spotted a porcupine lumbering around. He climbed a tree, then sneezed and almost fell out of the tree. I loved him immediately. I wanted nothing more in the world than to hug him, thus the idea for my first short film.
Process: 'Pining was hand-drawn on paper and cleaned up and painted in ToonBoom Animate. Backgrounds were watercolor paintings collaged together in Photoshop. The film was composited in After Effects. The film took about six months to create in total, from preproduction to animation to post. I am responsible for everything you see in the film, the sound design and mixing. Music was composed by Well-Versed Productions.