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.

         

Unseen Sketches

Some pictures from the sketch book, parts that made it into the film and parts that didn’t. Would have been fun to have her screaming on the sax! See how the Pianoman and the cat could have been friends in the end. There are so many drawings in my sketch book I’d like to post up. Hope to do a few more before the end of the project if there’s time.

Free Flow

We’ve trying to keep the animation style quite fluid. Especially for the woman, so the colours of the woman’s clothes still have movement in them. Originally the dress was going to be moving all the time but that looked too busy and distracting and was also really time consuming. I like the way it looks here with the onionskin in Flash and the coloured parts overlapping! Would be nice to capture this in an animation. Maybe the next one!

Blondes

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I forgot to post this! We had a great time watching this at the beginning of the project. The blonde bombshell character has changed quite a lot from the Mae West impersonator she once was, but nonetheless there is definitely evidence of this performance in our film. Craig Russell actually lived with Mae West hence the accurate portrayal voice and all!

Speaking of Blondes. Steve reminded me of the Jayne Mansfield clip Birgitta showed in here lecture from “Girl Can’t Help It” I loved that lecture, and Mansfields another one who deserves a nod. God bless those Hollywood Blondes, don’t know where I’d be with out them. Walk that walk Jayney!

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And one more Blonde with a sense of humour… Anna Nicole Smith. Well a darn good rendition of her. Now, this was made before the poor girl tragically died, so it’s meant in good humour. Anyway, take a few ounces of each of these three performances shake well and with luck something of that concoction might just appear our character.

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Party of Five

Here they all are! The simplified character designs. I’m hoping the changes to the costumes are more “jazz” and the changes will be make them a lot simpler to animate. Lots of thanks to Vincent Woodcock for his swell advice and tips. They are ready to go and be brought to life by Lynn, Steph, David and me!  (The wolf is hairless for the animation since his hair will be boiling away, we will add it as part of the colouring process)