For those of you who don't know--an animatic is a storyboard of an animated sequence. It offers a visual demonstration of the layout, shots, dialogue, and pacing for a scene. It's not actually animated, but you get a great sense of what a final animation would look and feel like!
As you may recall, this beautiful piece of art was the secondary prize for the Goldstone Wood Music contest. Brittney Kenady's lovely song "Prince of Dreams" was selected for the honor, and the other winner, Camryn Lockhart, pitched in by providing a lively musical accompaniment.
This is a special work for many reasons . . . not least of which is the little sneak-peek glimpses Melanie has tucked into the animation. Watch those statues in the garden. Do you recognize them? There are characters in there from books that haven't even come out yet, including Draven (holding his candle aloft) from the upcoming Draven's Light. Also depicted are the hero and heroine of my current manuscript-in-progress, Untitled Book 8, and even two characters from the Super Secret Project (making a little crossover appearance). Can you name the rest of the statues around whom Princess Una dances and sings?
So, ladies, gentlemen, imps, and Faeriefolk . . . it is my great pleasure to introduce "Prince of Dreams."
I don't think I can possibly express how much I love this. I hope all of you have thoroughly enjoy it! Do take time to give Camryn, Brittney, and most especially Melanie a virtual round of applause. Melanie put in many, many hours of work to make this little gem happen.
I feel completely honored and blessed to see Princess Una's simple little story used to inspire other artists' creativity!
EDIT: If you can't get the video to work here, here's the link to the Youtube video!