Technically, it's been almost a year since I started work on the first episode of Enthalpy. However, I didn't start any REAL work until May 5th, and never actually used what I made on February 25th last year, so I'm counting May 5th as the actual start date. I'm really concerned about the time it's taking me to finish this, as I don't want any of the future episodes to take nearly this long to animate.
Of course I haven't been working on the episode this whole time. I'd say more than half of the days of the year I haven't worked on it at all. I've spent a lot of time making other things, such as YTPs and computer games. Today is the first time I've made any real progress on the episode in weeks, but I animated a whole four seconds today. I'm going to try to stick to the Harvey Birdman routine of animating an average of four seconds a day... I meant to do that from the beginning, and indeed did stick to that schedule for a while, but then didn't.
I MUST finish this episode by the beginning of May. I'm still sticking to my plan of not releasing the first episode until I've nearly finished the second one, and BOY do I hope the second doesn't take nearly as long to finish as the first. It's certainly not as elaborate in terms of what I'll have to animate, but the fact is I'm not just making two episodes. I have scenarios written down for over THIRTY episodes that I intend to make, so I'm going to be occupied with Enthalpy for the next several years at least. I hope to eventually be able to afford to have an actual animation studio animate the series, with me animating the parts that I need to have done a certain way, but I don't see myself being able to afford something that expensive in the near future.