Finally! We’ve finished and released our short film! Woohooo!!
It has been a great one year working with everyone, going through ups and downs, facing challenges and growing up together. Although we took more time than allowed and continued working on it even though everyone has started working, but at last we made it!
And this is how we roll! After 4 long and hectic months of pre-production, we’re ready to proceed to production, which is to create all our 3D characters and props, and get them ready for rigging, lighting and animation. That screams ‘no social life for the next 4 months’.
Before we start doing a proper storyboard, we did some very rough thumbnails just to get the idea of the overall idea of the camera angles. And when I say rough, I mean really really rough and sketchy. It is okay if it’s not the best drawing in the world. You don’t want to waste too much time refining a drawing that you will most probably scrap out later on. You just want to get the rough idea first.
We did several colour tests for our characters and set. We played around with matching the colours, making sure that our characters stand out in the set. In the end we decided to use cool against warm so that the characters wouldn’t blend in too much with the background.
Before we head into animating the characters, we created expression sheets for our characters in order to know what kind of facial expressions we want for them. We had a lot of fun exploring the different shapes of the faces and brows, pulling them as much as we can and giving each character a unique facial expression. This sheet then became a guide for the riggers and modelers when we went into 3D production so that they know how to create the blendshapes.
Because our film happens around a kitchen, we didn’t have to do any large-scale fantasy-themed environment designs. However it was equally challenging because we needed to make sure that the positions of our props make sense to the audience, as these props play a major role in our story.
Don’t you just love kids in films! Although this little guy is a side character, we gave him equal amount of attention as the father. We wanted to make our kid as adorable as the pink flying ponies sailing through the rainbows(well not literally) but obnoxiously noisy, to help build up the plot.
During the first few weeks of pre-production after our idea is approved by our mentor, Mike, we immediately started designing our father. We wanted to make sure that our Papa looked big and clumsy but favourable. The character itself is inspired by Jack Black the famous comedian because we felt that our father would and should have his traits of being silly and innocently funny.
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We’re really excited to announce the birth of our blog to share what we’ve done for our film so far, and also as a journal to keep track of all our progress and growth. Ten years from now we will look back to this blog and say “Ah this is our film.”
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