Friday, 15 April 2011

Animation Jam

Here are the fruits of our labor for the last two weeks.  We have been toiling away at this piece of finished film til the very late hours of the night, and wouldn't you know that the result is amazing!

For this project I was in I was joined by

 who were all amazing in their own right, so putting all our skills together we managed an amazing film.

In order to prevent us from doing any prior planning for this film, each group received some random words or phrases as well as a style combination.  Ours were
  1. Adoration
  2. The Beast Within
  3. John Kricfalusi
  4. Mike Judge
It was incredible fun designing, animating, editing this film, and we all shared tasks to the best of our abilities, each having a moment to shine.

Here it is below:

It was incredibly fun yet stressful to work on this, but the end result is nothing short of amazing.

For an extra tidbit, here is the original animatic that I made, drawings and all that was the basis for the short.

Sunday, 3 April 2011


This week we had our first layout assignment.  I have heard the term before in different fields and have always considered it really being planning.  In a sense, it is, but its so much more.  The layout stage is the point where you get to decide the look of a shot in a film, setting up where the characters will be interacting and what the background will look like.

As a layout artist, you will take the drawings from the storyboard team and basically refine them and improve them, while keeping the story clear and using the energy presented in the layout.

For this exercise we were to make layouts for a deleted scene from The Emperor's New Groove.  After being put into groups we split the work between us.  These are the shots I got:

Our key responsibilities now were to make sure each one of our scenes 'hooked up' with one another when need be.  That basically means that if the character Pacha is standing in a field in one shot, and the next shot he hasn't switched locations, you have to make sure that he is still in a field.  Communication amongst the team was key for this.

As a layout artist I am allowed to take liberties with the original storyboards if I feel they can be improved.  In this case, the first three panels are strung together, but the fourth one is separate.  I decided to string them all together and in doing so changing the flow of the scene, like so:

This was a drastic change, but it worked out for the better I think.

The last two panels I had are directly after the previous ones, so they had to hook up.  It was just a close up of Pacha, so it went relatively quickly, and I just made sure the side of the mountain was in the background so the scenes matched.

It was a very difficult week, but quite enlightening.  I'm not sure whether I would enjoy to be a layout artist professionally, but I certainly admire the work and see its importance.

Next week is Animation Jam!  Should be fun.