Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Back with a Vengeance...

Hello all! Apologies for the lack of updates for the last few weeks, the team has been busy handling the quarterly transition, finishing up animations, and familiarizing new members with the production pipeline. The posts will begin to pick up now that production is in full swing again.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the logistics of making this film, and also some of the thought process going into the look and pacing of the film.

Over the break between quarters, the JM team fell into (and fought it's way out of) the logistical nightmare of managing the shot list. This list contains the status of 104 shots needing blocking, cleanup, background animation, lighting, sound and various other things.

Another aspect of the film we have been making progress on is the visual look and feel. Below, you can see some test renders and initial lighting passes.

You may notice a big difference between the 2nd and 3rd shots, this is a result of a post production effect we are using that squashes the color range into a specific area. The effect results in a more cohesive and readable image.

By altering the color range of the image, we can completely change the mood and feel of the image. Our goal is to really push the colors in a way that it emits an almost retro feel; a "golden age" if you will.

Finally, to improve the pacing of the film, it has been decided to add another "character". Although, this new character may not be what you expect:

To accent some of the comedic actions taking place, we've decided to alter Jaguar's world a bit by including a radio broadcast. While Jaguar is struggling with his feline troubles, the radio will be belting out anecdotes from a seemingly unrelated sporting event. This addition is small and adds relatively little to the work load, but at the same time adds tremendously to the amount of laughs we can squeeze out of 3 and 1/2 minutes.

That's it for todays post! Be sure to check back soon for more dailies and other goodies that will be posted in the coming weeks. See Ya!

-Clint Donaldson, Director

1 comment:

  1. i like the colors. they add a very warm and nostalgic feel to the short.