Clay heads

I made these clay heads at the beginning of the animation to help show the characters faces from multiple angles, because my original designs were quite flat.


Bar Rats

These two are the jazz aficionados in the bar who can’t stop staring! I’m quite pleased with the design of these two background characters and Lynn has done a great job animating them!

50’s Transport

Since we updated the period of the film from a 1930’s to the 1950’s we have to put time into researching a different era of transport. Taxi cabs of the 50’s looked quite different from the 1930’s model. In contrast, the buses were much the same and they remained that way for years.


Kind of reminded me of the Weasels’ Toon Patrol car in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.



Looking at a toy bus to help simplify the final look.



Yesterday we had the rough cut crit. We included some experiments for the second half that we are still working out in TVPaint. This is what we showed:

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The bar scene appears to be working now it’s cut together. It’s really good to see our characters on screen, because we’ve mostly been animating them separately it’s hard to tell if it all communicates when they are together. There are some necessary changes to make before the music is recorded new Friday. I’m glad we will have the sound track before all the animation is complete, it will allow us to make certain changes according to the music. Especially for the outside scene that is quite fluid, will take form with the soundtrack. So far so good, nice to show all the hard work from the rest of the group!

The Jazz Bar

Some more background drawings I meant to post earlier. They are tiny, but I like how the colour is added in large sweeps! We want to keep it simple for the backgrounds because so much will be going on with the characters it’s important that it doesn’t get too fussy and busy.


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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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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!)