Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Void

Here is a still from a recent shot.  Things start to get scary and the world around Tip begins to change a disappear.  Again a pop of color brings the story together.  The Crib prop was made by Chris Pounds and the teddy bear by Amy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Adjusting to Ones

Shooting on ones is definitely and adjustment to twos.  Ones or twos the animators eternal debate.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, well its easy enough to find out.  It's kinda boring unless your an animator but it basically has do to with how many frames are displayed per second of footage.  Having worked mainly in television (they like two's cus they think its faster, but that's another topic) I had little to no experience with timing on ones.  I shot on ones a little in school but was shocked to realize what a big change it would be.  In fact its taken me several weeks of shooting non stop to feel like I'm getting a hang of it.  It's kinda like learning a new tool.  You may be an expert at painting with water colors but as soon as your try to learn acrylic everything you know about color theory goes out the window, temporarily.  It just takes time to adjust.  Above are just some still of key poses from a shot I animated this week.  As you can see my amazing lighting team has outdone themselves again and with limited resources too.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


So when it came down to deciding the look of my short I felt really strongly about letting the colors tell the story as well as the design.  The gray palette is designed to really punch out the colors when then show up.  Each lighting change directly correlates with a twist in the story as well as just looking pretty.  A red light, meant to look like emergency vehicle lights, passes across the screen repeatedly in this shot.  We achieved this look by moving a red gel from screen right to left in front of a directional light.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Story Boards

Here is a taste of my storyboards.  I played it hard and fast with my boards, sometimes going really rough.  I knew that I would be the main person referencing them aside from my Producer and DOP and kept them very simple.  Most of these frames have changed, once the puppet and camera were in place, but they are a good way to see where I'm going.