Heart of the tree – Pre-visual

Every 2nd year on the animation course gets crew assign to a 3rd year project of their chosen. There are only a few films I actually liked and unfortunately there are only two 3d animation short films; the rest are 2d animation short films. I wanted to work on the heart of the tree because of my skills I can apply to this film. Not only that I really like the style they’re going for. The story is about respect and greed between a hare, hyena and a tree.
My role on this project is to create a pre-visual for scene 3 and scene 6, both scene are internal of the tree.
In scene 3 the hire is allow to explore into the tree secret place and is offer a gift to say thank you. My job was to use a low ploy version of the hire and block out animate quick movements and poses within the scene matching the animatic.  In addition to this, I had to set up the cameras, yet again matching the animatic but I was aloud to have some freedom of setting up different camera angles to allow the director and producer to have an option between the shots. This was the same method for scene 6 with the hyena being greedy and eating the berries that hang from vines.
Once the rough block down animation and camera setup is done, I started to import model asset, which have been finish into the scene. Also I stared to model the vines by using a ep curve tool and extrude a cylinder (low ploy) to fill the environment as close to the concept art work.
 
Internal concept by Freddie Horton
 

Currently I’m still modeling extra assets for the environment, which I will post a final version of the pre-visual, in my next post.

The Sea Group Project

Finally some group work!
In the group and roles are….
Matteo Veglia – Producer
Ben Wardle – Director
Rhys Harvey – Production Designer
Amy Jenkins – Visual Development Artist
and yours truly, Me – Technical Director
As Technical Director I will be posting the progress of the project and my own progress within the project. If you wish to view other area’s of the project then click on the one of their names, this will take you to the person blog 🙂
Anyways where were we….
We’ve been given a audio sound clip of a true story about a rescuer saving some fisherman’s. It’s our job to create a short animation film based from the audio sound clip given to us. From our crazy brainstorming sessions, we had a load of ideas from three joined-beard fisherman to this crazy battle with the sea. We decided to create a pirate battle against the fisherman but with a twist and a pinch of being sarcastic.
This is the first animatic, which was created by Ben Wardle
From the feedback we got from our animatic, I felt that we were being serious and funny in two different approaches, which didn’t work. As a group, we decided to go back to the drawing board and look at what approach did we wanted to take this film down. During that session we came across a short film by some students at The Animation Workshop, called The Backwater Gospel.
The Backwater Gospel is a great short film that captured our imagination from the style to the rigid lines of the characters. It had everything we wanted to be dark. This was our inspiration. If you haven’t seen this amazing short film, you can by clicking here.
We change our animatic from our feedback and inspiration into a new animatic, yet again this was put together by Ben.