So…, why Don Q Media?
Don Q Media, as you may have deduced from the artwork in the Q, is short for Don Quixote Media. My fondness for Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s book The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha and sympathetic feelings for the protagonist Alonso Quijano aside, the book has had a staying power that cannot be denied. Part of the novel’s appeal comes from the fact that Don Quixote represents different ideas to different people, both today and throughout its 400 year history.
Through a re-casting of his glorious acts of heroism (or his comic misadventures), such as battling enchanted giants and entire armies (or windmills and flocks of sheep), he has been employed both as a Romantic hero and as a foolish, anachronistic madman, for the purposes of representing either high idealism or utter insanity, and sometimes both. He has battled both Spanish fascism and American imperialism; he has defended and shaped national identities and cultures on both sides of the Atlantic. Indeed, the paradox of Don Quixote at four hundred years old is that despite his supposedly anachronistic nature (a seventeenth-century character who aims to revive medieval institutions of chivalry), he has proven to be truly protean and adaptable to modern and postmodern circumstances.1
To me, Don Quixote represents the pursuit of dreams or ideals no matter the obstacles. Admittedly, my journey into the world of animation and cartooning isn’t as perilous or grand as Alonso’s crusade for chivalry, but the goal of independently producing short animated films is no easy task.
Although I have had training in filmmaking, photography, and animation (when 16mm film was the primary medium of independent filmmakers) I haven’t pursued serious work in animation in over thirty years. However, after 25 years as an educator, I feel I have something to offer by sharing what I’ve learned through the tutorials provided on this website. However, even after working with production software for almost a year, I don’t claim to be an expert in all things animation or the software I use. The journey of discovering new ways to create is continuous, and constructive comments or suggestions are always welcomed.
My Quixotic adventure may be mild by the standards of great literature, but for me it is following a dream I have long deferred.