/ by Lee
Day 100! The studio is alive with clicking and sliding of mice near the end of this Week 15 (and the goodbye to Sinterklaas here in Holland). Apart from picking up our skills in the latest test render passtime; Indoor Putting, the team has also been finding the ‘actor within’ as we look for solutions in our characters animation consistency and their style in general. We will have five of the team animating at any given time on any given shot over the production period, how can we all have a similar idea past the concept sketches and animatic on the fine tuned animation?
Making use of the documentary video camera, a spare DV tape and our reference dummy (and entertainingly amateur) actors ‘Emo: Lee(yours truly) ‘ , ‘Proog: Matt’ and a special appearance by Toni, we can play with how a shot will fold out, make sure Bassam is happy and then start keyframing in the ’spirit’ of the recording, very loosely though: Style is much more important then realism in this film. Today this method was put to the test with wonderful results, and animation being very similar to acting in some ways we were more then happy to play around with the possibilities while save time on wasted animation, and some wonderful unique moments in the shots were created even just before detailed animation began!
Having seen this done lately in a lot of Hollywood films among many other companies, we wern’t sure exactly how it could help us in our situation, but this reference just like any kind really let us keep efficient with exactly how much we needed to do, how to flow form shot to shot and some little tips on timing and weight. The footage I’m sure will make its way somehow into the DVD Documentary ;)
Toni with his mastery in Capoeira (An Afro-Brazilian fance form that incorperates self-defense maneuvers) and VJ’ing lit up the studio and was more then happy to help us out with some very handy reference.
We will keep you up to date on all our findings over the next 78 day stretch of Production and really hope you are enjoying going on this ride with us and the whole team thanks you for your support. Keep your eyes open for some more Blender Feature blogs and goodies in the next days! =)