SO much went into making RR, I thought I’d do a little behind-the-scenes treatment.There’s easily enough content to fill up several posts, but I’m stuffing it all
into one big fat one.Now you can binge
through a year of my work in one fell swoop.Yeh.
any further, please watch the actual final film. This is SPOILER territory and you don’t
want your first impressions besmirched by all the raw source material.
You can see the full animatic in my latest story reel. It’s patched together pretty roughly but it served as a very helpful roadmap.
Never ended up making trees... telephone poles work just as well
The first rendered model profiles
I knew I REALLY wanted to make a hybrid for my thesis
film.I designed the story to lend itself to multiple animation mediums.The mix of 2D and 3D metaphysically separates the characters and
displaces their existential realities.The mortal realm is grounded in CG- while the raccoon ghost defies the
constraints of this dimension and flows ever-freely in his own 2D ghosty world.He is a pure-energy embodiment, the soul of a no-longer-living-thing, and shouldn’t be confined to a “rig” in any sense anyway.
So that’s basically my rationale for the whole 2D/3D
thing.It was very difficult to
pull off but also a lot more fun.
Anyhow, here’s all the embarrassing video reference I could find (the rarely seen but all-too necessary part of every animated film- lovingly recorded on my cruddy macbook cam... with catchy music thrown in...)
I like animating things that perpetuate between normality
and going stylistically off model.Too much of this can be poison, but just enough of it is the REASON I love
the animation medium.In real
life, you can’t break the face of a live actor to get that panicked,
open-mouthed expression that pulls the jaw a foot out of it’s hinges.I wanted Leah to be as expressive as my
actual drawings.This meant extra
blendshapes and the utilization of those sweet, sweet nonlinear deformers.(God bless em’)
Here are some expressions that go by really fast in the film- nonlinear
deformers and excessive blend shaping all up in here:
And a bunch of random screen grabs for scrapbook filler:
my dorm in the heat of crunchtime (not too bad actually)
unused spoof movie poster idea: Rosemary's Baby (ROADmary's baby?)
Things got a little crazy
last semester and A LOT has happened since.For one, my thesis film is DONE.I can’t say when it’ll go public, but
when it does, y’all should totally watch it.
my spoof movie poster (a Ringling tradition)
...and a still from the film
In other news, I’ve graduated Ringling, moved to
California, and started a freelance gig at Blur, storyboarding for The
Goon.So life is pretty neat right
now.I’ve got a few small projects
in the works and now that I’m not tied down to thesis, this blog will get the
partial love it so deserves. So stick around maybe because more stuff will come. Oh yes it will.
Yes, Merry Christmas indeed... or Hanukkah or Kwanza or National Bouillabaisse Day (google taught me that last one)- Whatever your thing is :)
FYI, this is my thesis character, Leah.
Look for her in my senior film, millions of years from now when I actually finish and release the darned thing. (Probably sometime later this summer).
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!