Monday, January 26, 2009
So what ended up destroying me the hardest was the least expected step of all. Compositing. I spent a whole night at Titmouse just trying to get the damn thing right and still needed a little extra help the next day by my director, Juno Lee and compositing master, Keith Yan. I also gotta give a shout out to my friend Brian Kim for helping me color more than half of this micro-film. Anyhow, after many excruciating hours of sitting in front of the computer waiting for that awesome render, at 1am Thursday night I was ready to throw some sound in there. However, I had another dilemma. I needed music and our lady-in charge, Shannon Prynoski, rightfully wasn't at the company at 1am to let me skim through her public domain music library. So I went online and found a decent public domain music page called Purpleplanetmusic.com. I gave the website name out to three more of my friends that were in the same boat. I finished my sound design around 2am Friday morning and was more than happy to go home and sleep in my bed. Finally, Friday 6pm rolls around and everyone was going nuts in anticipation for 5 Second Day. The show got on the road and everyone had an awesome time laughing profusely and blowing their minds. It was a good day, hehe.
So this what is basically the same animation as what you see in the final version. I just changed the hair color and cat color and slapped in some lasers and explosions shortly after this was done. It took me a total of 13 hours to animate what you see here. I still don't know if that's fast or not, but I was generally pleased with how quickly I was able to produce this footage. (Please forgive any lag if you experience any while watching this clip).
Next... Make backgrounds. I already had a method in mind since a week or two ago my friend, Snakebite (i'm not kiddn'), showed me how to make halftone illustrations in Photoshop. I always wanted to do that so I thought it be wise to use the halftone technique in the most gratuitous of ways with my BG's. I did these last Sunday and was saddened and surprised with how long they took. Oh well, I was at least relatively content with them so again, I stuck with it and couldn't wait for the next day when I would have the chance to finish animating my short.
SOOoooo... I tried drawing her in some fun poses and then just ended up key framing the whole thing within a couple hours without much direction in mind. I was pretty happy with what I did so I stuck with it and knew what I had to do next.
Last year at Titmouse, we were given the opportunity to make a 5 second animation short just for the fun of it. Matt Taylor Junpei and I made a short called "Field Trip Day" and were super pleased and excited by it. Anyhow, this year all of us felt like doing our own things and I knew that I wanted to do some sort of crazy action shot. Seeing that this year, we actually had a full day plus after hours to work on our films I figured my idea would be possible.
So I do have to admit, that I did cheat a little and got started on my designs and storyboarding the week before, but I knew this was the only way it was going to happen. But I only put in 3 hours worth of work.
Anyhow, so here's the original concept sketches I made for it. I liked the lean female character a lot and got curious as to whether or not I could actually animate her quickly.