Example of how the film’s look comes to life from the animatic stage to final color.
Line test: a little performance and reaction from Rollo.
The film is now fully roughed out, and so begins the clean up and colouring phase. Expect some high quality, refined animation clips soon!
A time lapse of me animating. I explain it more over at the behind the scenes blog!
Very rough line test of a playful Buddy in the snow. So far I have 1 minute 50 seconds worth of animation, and with the animatic being 2:45, that ain’t bad.
It’s just not.
Now I’m talking about the actual process of animating; drawing all them frames. Writing… fun. Character design… fun. Storyboarding… fun. Animating… YUCK.
Who in their right mind likes drawing a picture slightly different a million times? It’s mind numbing. It’s mind numbing for hours, days, weeks on end. It might be the most boring thing in the world. Think about it. It probably is. If you want back pain, wrist ache and bleeding eyes in the most tedious, least active way possible then get animating.
So why the heck do I torture myself with animating? Why do I do the least fun thing in the world, day in and day out? Because it’s rewarding.
Slaving away at a sequence for what seems like an eternity is the worst, but finishing it and it looking great is the best. It makes the all-nighters, crying and double-speed ageing worthwhile.
Animating isn’t satisfying but the results are.
Line test of Rollo rooting through a trash can.
Backgrounds are a hard thing for me, but I feel like I’ve found a style and colour palette that will work for the film. I will undoubtably not like this in a few days, but for now this little mock up pleases me so it’s back to animating for me.
nathanhurstart asked: The things you are posting about your steps and drawings is really inspiring. I love your work.
Thank you very much!
I love seeing pre-production art. When I see it I get a surge of motivation. Looking behind the curtain at the functions and mechanics of what gets animations to the final thing is just so, so interesting. I’m posting up as much as I can while I make my film to raise awareness of it but also to hopefully give people ideas on ways they could approach making an animation. It’s the most fun thing ever!
The development of a background. Nearly honed in the style I wanna use!
Some more beat boards.
Some visual aids for a presentation I have to deliver on Friday.
Line test of Rollo hiding.