Compositing…big cat, little cat

We’ve been compositing the animation. Phew! so many layers and many more to go! nice to see it coming together. Plenty of resizing issues to overcome and fine tuning left to do.

Working on the last shots

Trying to finish all the animation this weekend has been a task, but necessary so we can be final cutting tomorrow! Can’t wait to see the bits that haven’t been put together yet, and all the elements that Steph has worked on that are just great! David and Lynn are working on the lines part when the characters jump in the cab and the bus. They’ve worked really hard this weekend. Thanks everyone…last little bit!

I did some drawing in pencil for what seemed like the first time in ages. Such a beautiful feeling. Not that I don’t like drawing straight into flash but theres no comparison, for the sensation paper and pencil gives. These were just to get the position for the final shot.

         

LIVE JAZZ

Yesterday evening was the live recording of the soundtrack. Richard Ford had composed a theme for Parties which was the starting point for the music then he led the other musicians through to make the music a free jazz experiment all the way to the end with a great finish! I was so pleased to be able to watch them record it. I really enjoyed soaking up the music, and it gave me confidence about the finished product. i think with this soundtrack the whole animation will come together and be more entertaining! I’m really excited about the finished product now.

They were a really talented bunch of musicians and really nice guys. So great to meet some musicians I’m so grateful that Richard could get them all together. I just listened to it with the animation, it sounds so cool!

Chema Banuls  –  Tenor sax

Enzo Bellomo – piano

Mateus Alves – Bass

Matt Thurtell –  drums

 

(live at the Royal College of Music. Thanks guys!)

Music

This week swell as cracking on with the animation we had a meeting with Richard Ford from the Royal College of Music. He’s going to be collaborating with us on this film, which is really exciting! He immediately picked up the sort of mood we want to capture for in the film. I think with him on board the film will really take shape!

(visual development for the jazz meltdown when the cats go out on the town!)

Ragtime, Jazz and Cats on Pianos

 Ginning guy tinkling the ivories, we’ve got one of those…

 and pussycat who can play trad-jazz? We’ve got one of those too!

 Jean Cocteau playing and puffing, followed by and a drawing of his!

Miles and Juliette. For the love of jazz on the Left Bank. Alors! Vous me manquez.