Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Commission for Shelly

A mate of mine asked if I could draw him a title card. I love doing this sort of work on people's films so I gladly accepted. Stephen Shelly's film 'OFF THE RAILS' as far as I know is about a man who is late for a business meeting and is sprinting to get there on time when things go awol. Here's the title card I managed to do for him. He wanted me to draw his character. I had a lot of fun drawing it. The title is meant to suggest a tube train. Cool concept. His idea.

Here's his blog where you can find lots of great stuff. The guy's a stopmo wizard.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Riding that freight train

Hand in was today. Didn't get my film finished in the end, but there are a couple of shots that I finished that I'm proud of.. so i'm not too glum.. I'm planning to continue working and complete my film over summer, even though the film has already been handed in, I think it's more important that I finish it now. Grades have never meant as much to me as becoming a better artist, and I feel like completing this film will be somewhat a milestone for me as an artist. It should also give me something prominent that I can sell myself as an artist with. A title to my name.

This post I'm gonna be talking about the shot from my film SC7S2 (or BG 7 I believe) and my process.
The final shot.
Bob points outside the box car.
I sketched tree underlays and scanned them into photoshop, where I coloured them in and layered them together. Importing them into flash (as I often do), I animated them as symbols, moving across the screen like a back projection in an old movie.

These trees look ochre-ish colour here - 

but here they could almost be green.

Pencil sketch layout for BG7 - SC7S2, forming the foundations of the whole shot.

Final background (excluding the tree aspect.

unused colour variation.

pencils for Jeb.

Little bit of a LAV / reference photo. Shout out to Chij and Shelly

The animation layer. Drawn in photoshop, constructed in Flash, exported into After effects.

rough map.
Tidy map.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Over the hills and far away.

Yeah I should be updating this blog more than I have been...
This shot was sort of fun to do. I enjoyed animating the grass, even though it didn't turn out very good. The cyclical animation was too obvious. I also had the Jeb character walking into shot from the bottom of the screen. For that I just made a symbol out of s static image and rocked it back and forth to give the illusion of shifting weight between strides.. This also looked rather cheap and lazy, oh well. It'd be great to animate something in full just to prove to myself that I can do it. I like the vibrancy of the blue tones. This shot looks quite different from the earlier shots, and I think that works well as a progression, as the story is approaching present day, which isn't monochromatic at all.  Besides the grass blowing in the wind, which was animated in flash, all other elements were drawn up in photoshop and exported into flash as transparent background pngs.

Railroad sign.

moody weather.

Just some OT beginning sequence props.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

C A M P F I R E - S H O T shot

In this scene (SC4S1) the main character, Jeb, still having the dog attached to his arm, comes to terms with it and instead cooks it's carcass over a fire barrel. Simple enough solution to hunger when you don't have much else. In this shot I animated the fire straight into flash. I had a number of low opacity png layers of light that i imported into flash and raised the alpha up and down to give a sense of light flicker. I found it tricky trying to understand where the light would hit in the environment and how intense it would be.

check out that peeved expression.

check out that peeved pencil line work.
Not sure whether the perspective is correct or not in this picture. Don't look at it anymore don't question it there's nothing wrong look over here.

Made another small colour key to help figure out the lighting.

The pretty much finished BG.