Third Time's A Charm : Backgrounds

Here is a selection of the backgrounds that were produced for Third Time's A Charm short. I had so much fun creating the backgrounds, more fun than animating, shhhhhh. That is probably because the still image is a familiar place for me. I did this short so I could experience the whole process of creating an animated short and MAN did I love doing these backgrounds. Don't get my wrong, I LOVE animating; breathing life and "hopefully" personality into a drawing but the big surprise came from the joy I got from creating a mood and a setting in these backgrounds. After going through the production of this short, I now pay more attention to the backgrounds in cartoons and movies and how they strengthen the goals for a scene.

…and now you can see the backgrounds in context.

DIY SoundBooth

This is how I roll! Actually this is rather fancy for what I thought I was going to have at my disposal. It is amazing what you can make with some C-Stands and moving blankets. Many thanks for the idea, Mr. Caleb.

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A quilt from my Uncle Steve, added a level of home-ness to the sound recording sessions  .

A quilt from my Uncle Steve, added a level of home-ness to the sound recording sessions.

We have Picture Lock!

Holy Moly, we have Picture Lock on this little short that just won't quit!!! Pete is so excited about this that he left his crotch over there.

He left his crotch in El Segundo.

He left his crotch in El Segundo.

Now it is on to music and sound design. Two parts of the process I have never done before. Hopefully it won't take another 2 years to finish that.

Sweet lordy these side-projects take a long time to finish.

I salute you, Miles Worthington.

Loaded had an intern this summer. That intern was Miles Worthington and can that guy animate. He single handedly took my lonely-flailing-side-project-of-a-short by the tail and shook out the many, many unanimated scenes and breathed life into to them. Offhand I don't know how many scenes he cranked out other than a shit-ton. My little short went from being about 50% animated to just over 97% animated in the span of a few months. He is a guy that loves to animate and it shows. I salute you, Miles and thank you so much for all your work. Hopefully the end result will merit the hard work you put into it.

Many thanks Miles!


Mayhem in the back alley

Don't you just hate being chased by transparent red Goombas, I know I do. Don't worry; it will all be fixed in post. I do like the look of this Layer/Effects mixup, maybe for another project…

Animation by Miles Worthington. Background & Compositing by me.

Inking the mayhem in TVPaint.

Progress is being made!

We had a big job in house that ate up Miles' and my time for the past 3 weeks but Miles is back on the case and kicking butt. …and I am just trying to keep up with him… The end is in sight, even if it's still a little ways off.

Scene 350 : WIP

Scene 350 : WIP

And then there was two.

Things have been moving along on Lucky Charms. I have been experimenting with the visual look of Luck Charms along with flushing out the background renderings. About two-thirds of the animation is in-the-can with only about 15 scenes left to animate. This is where Loaded Pictures' new intern, Miles, steps in to help push this project to the finish line. Miles has recently graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializing in cel animation. He will be handing the rest of the character animation, giving me the ability to concentrate on the backgrounds and the holistic look-and-feel of the piece. I am super stoked to have Miles on this project. In the first few days he has already animated about 3 scenes. Yeah for help!

three charms in his sweaty palms.

Happy third day of Spring!

Check out this fun little Vine for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I got to animate on concrete with some sidewalk chalk. It was fun to get away from the computer to do some large scale animating.

Pete is involved in some  unwanted  yoga.

Pete is involved in some unwanted yoga.

Things have slowed dowwwwnnnnnn…

I started realizing that I was burning the wick at both ends; which never leads to good results. I have since slowed down on the production of this short, in favor of more sleep–aiming for 8 hrs a night, since I am no longer the young pup–and putting some more attention to work-work since Loaded has a few jobs in production that have character animation in them.

One thing that I have changed is my approach to the animating process. Previously I was starting a scene and finishing the scene before moving onto the next one. I was original thinking that was a good approach to keep me with the feeling that SOLID progress was being made. I have changed that thinking to do the rough animation for the remainder of the scenes before going back to ink/fill and composite the scenes. I feel this will keep my animation-flow flowing which will (hopefully) lead to better animation and quicker production. At least that is my hope.

In the meantime check out Loaded's Winter 2014 Reel. There is a couple of unreleased Lucky Charm scenes in the middle of the montage.

Week.of.February.3rd's animation goal.

  1. Finish up SC_175 : This one is a doozy! : DONE
  2. SC_230 : rough animation
  3. SC_240 : rough animation : DONE

So those 3 scenes have been pushed to this week. Curse you Time for not expanding to my needs.

Fat Cow will have his 4 seconds of fame.

Fat Cow will have his 4 seconds of fame.

This week's animation goal:

Met last week's goal and now it is onto this week's goal:

  1. SC_175
  2. SC_190
  3. SC_200

2014/01/28 : Goal not met…a crap…the 2 easy scenes turned out to be doozeys. Time to double down!

Mid-coloring process of Scene 190 (TVP Animation)