Well you guys are doing a great job of cheerleading on this project. I'm really pleased to hear this much enthusiasm at just the proposal level. Hopefully when the Forum starts seeing clips of MvR and Hawker beginning to circle each other it will really become fun. The work is somewhat tedious and detail oriented so the reactions of the audience keep the animator going. Nick Parks (animator of Wallace and Gromet, Chicken Run
) once said, "Six seconds is a really good day."
I would love for my work to be used as an educational tool for schools and WW1 organizations. If this first animation turns out well I'll be happy to make it available to individuals or organizations wanting to promote the study of the Great Air War.
Eight literal minutes might very well get tedious as rainbase suggests. I plan to mix up the p.o.v., jumping back and forth from one pilot to the other as well as being in an invisible 'wing man' plane. I'll try to make the transitions natural, like regular movies do with scenes of conversation. If eight minutes seems draggy I'll edit down before animating. Once I animate something, it's going in!
I'll post flat 3 views of both planes first. Once those are refined by our staff of color experts I'll build the 3D models. Then we can begin scripting the shots for the animation. I hope you folks are patient. I'll do my best to keep it moving forward.
Thanks again for your support.