Friday, March 13, 2009

The End of an Era...

The quarter is finally over and the team has survived! What started as a small film that was to be completed in a quarter has ballooned into a school wide animation tour-de-force!

With open arms we are welcoming on board new members to our humble squad. More animators, lighters, and sound engineers are joining the ranks next quarter to help 'Jaguar' reach it's full potential.

To celebrate this milestone, we have two new videos today! The first is a glimpse of our visual direction, in the form of a concept render of the opening shot:

It's interesting to see the CG and 2d elements integrating and affecting each other in the same space. Through the use of shaders and photoshop linework, our intention is to make the divide between the two elements imperceptible.

The second daily is a bit more of the familiar sequence we have been following on the blog. This time, you can see the beginnings of the effects animation (water, fire, etc.) that has made its way into the reel.

You may notice the audio scratch track that is present in both of the clips. At the moment these are just place holders. The final soundtrack will be produced in a full foley studio.

I'd also like to take another moment to say "Thank you" to everyone who has helped the team get as far as it did this quarter. Through the support of the faculty, students, and our friends, we have been able to create something special out of nothing. We have all learned so much, and at the same time reaffirmed that we are doing what we love to do.

Last, but definitely not least, I would like to thank everyone who has taken time out of their day to visit our little space on the internet. Your interest and support has been a constant source of motivation for the team!

With only a week off (no rest for the weary), production is going to resume full force on March 23rd. As usual, keep an eye on this blog for new dailies and updates. We're not done yet!

-Clint Donaldson, Director


  1. haha, amazing integration of the two mediums so far. can't wait to see the final.

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  3. Wow - I want to work on that Jaguar film! Wait. I am. Clint - thank you for posting this up. It is so easy to go along and forget to look up from one's desk/shot/task/"problem to solve" to see the bigger picture and notice how great things are moving along! Now as we issue shots and let others share in the production experience, this blog is more important than ever since we do not meet in a room twice a week. Great Job. Damn Skippy.
    Prof. O