Emily’s shot looks great with the background and colors. Having two figures walk towards the camera with no tracking for the feet can be a bit intimidating, but she handled it really well. Emily really matched the style of my keys and breakdowns, this is one of my favorite short acting sequences. Thanks Emily Brown!

Emily’s shot looks great with the background and colors. Having two figures walk towards the camera with no tracking for the feet can be a bit intimidating, but she handled it really well. Emily really matched the style of my keys and breakdowns, this is one of my favorite short acting sequences. Thanks Emily Brown!

Internship work: Opal Baines

Opal helped with ink and paint on shot 12, and took a pretty challenging task of animating three characters in a slightly complicated perspective for Shot 3. Here you see the rough, with the charts and my keys / breakdowns and her first round of inbetweens, and then one of her cleaner passes (not the final one). I prefer looking at the roughs myself, but I’m a luddite like that. With only a little bit of notes she was able to control all of these elements. She later did the ink and paint on this shot as well. Check out Opal’s tumblr here! Thanks Ms. Baines!

This is the pencil test for Shot 31, inbetweened and later colored by Ashley Marie Cameron. She did a really good job holding Lovely’s likeness and following my charts and directions.

This is the pencil test for Shot 31, inbetweened and later colored by Ashley Marie Cameron. She did a really good job holding Lovely’s likeness and following my charts and directions.

Internship work: Stevi Dunn
Stevi was originally going to paint background plates and layouts for me, but she expressed an interest in CGI character modeling and rigging and I didn’t want to ask her to leave the internship course, or force her to do something that wouldn’t help her intended portfolio. Having the main characters modeled and rigged so I could 3D print them was an ancillary goal I had in the back of my mind anyway, so this was a happy accident for the both of us. She’s still finishing up this work, but here is some of the progress.

The other 7 layouts I’ve finished over the past week and a half.

This summer break / accelerated semester is being spent churning out all the remaining layouts so I can focus on animation and audio in hopes of hitting my primary deadline. The layouts cover a lot of the beginning, third, and final quarters of the film. There will be a number more color cards and simple two color backgrounds, but these are the complicated layouts. ONLY FOUR LEFT! But some of them are going to be quite a bit more difficult.

Shot 23 as the Hippo swallows and reacts to the pepper that will eventually give him his explosive propulsion. Pass it around to your friends!

Shot 23 as the Hippo swallows and reacts to the pepper that will eventually give him his explosive propulsion. Pass it around to your friends!

A little shot 16 pencil test .gif Pass it amongst your friends. Use it as response gifs, or whatever. 

A little shot 16 pencil test .gif
Pass it amongst your friends. Use it as response gifs, or whatever. 

No more finished scenes true believers, this is a sneak at a scene that I am really proud of. Animation by John Hill, but clean up by Opal Baines, Ashley Cameron, and Emily Brown. They will also be handling the color pass.

Marshall Stevens is a BFA student at the school where I teach, who has an interest and acumen for digital painting. He’s particularly good at taking notes and incorporating set styles. Not to mention he’s just an overall hard worker. I tasked him with painting several background plates this last quarter, some I provided layout drawings for, and some we roughed out together based on the rough indications of the animatic. Here’s a sampling of his work.

2+ minute animated thesis film by John Hill with multiple assistants.

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