Monday, June 7, 2010

Chuggin along

It's been about a month, and I admit to taking a few weeks off. Things are getting back into the groove as I begin animating a shot a day. At this speed I should have everything animated by August. Tyler Scarlet has picked up the pencil once more after a showing at Comic-Con and our very own Tubman Center. We'll be talking every Tuesday and Thursday over the phone, and should be getting back on track right quick! Below are some examples of what both Tyler and Myself are working on, I've spared you the perspective templates as I doubt they would make much sense to anyone looking in on the project.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yet another Lyka Reel

I understand that many may have been confused by my previous Lyka Reels if they have not been keeping track of my progress. In an effort to help against this issue, I've put together a more coherent Lyka Reel, complete with backgrounds, the correct aspect ratio, more detailed keys, and so on. With classes officially over until the summer(june 14th), I hope to put full effort into finishing the animation of this film. By June and July I hope to be moving into final lines and color, August will be primarily set for color.

For anyone following this blog, stay tuned these next months as it will be mainly polish and tweaking.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Lyka Reel

It's put to an Enrico Carusso soundtrack, so we're still working on the sound effects. I'm currently tieing down most of my emotional shots and x-sheeting the crying sound from the very talented Ariel Priebe. ;) seeing this together has been very helpful in allowing me to spot timing flaws and continuity errors. These will be fixed for the final project.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Backgrounds, final Lines

I hope to upload some animations soon. I've been working hard tieing down my main scenes and roughing out the final 4-5. One of the hardest scenes coming up is the one of Emilio crying as I have to x-sheet it in order to get my timing right. In the meantime my background artist Tyler Scarlet has been bringing the backgrounds of my film to final lines, to which I am very happy to see. I've already overlaid some of my animations with his backgrounds, and so far they are looking great!

Shot 56
Shot 32
Shot 27
Shot 23
Shot 13
Shot 6

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lyka Reel

I apologize for not updating as often as I had hoped, things have been pretty busy with the film. Scheduled for completion in late August of 2010, here is the latest Lyka reel as of Feb 24th. It's almost a month since then so I plan on making another soon.

Tyler has moved onto doing line drawings of the layouts, and Jay and I will be field recording more sound for my film this weekend. My goal for the end of this semester is to have the major scenes of my film finished and the rest at least to full animation.

Over the summer I plan to finish the rest of the animated scenes, add shadows, color, and prepare the film for film festivals.

Thanks for staying tuned, here is the latest Lyka Reel.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tyler's Backgrounds and Jay's Sounds

Another friend, Justin Norman, has joined the My Dad the Giant production team. Even in the first week he was able to produce many 'one hit' sounds that will be used in my Lyka Reel as well as the final film. I plan to gather up some props for him to use in creating more great sounds for the production.

Tyler Scarlet has been hard at work as always and has produced many great backgrounds and layouts. Here are some examples of what he has been working on.

These first two(Above) are perspective layouts. This will allow me to animate on the correct floor plane so that my characters don't go floating off into space when I make the final edit. Again, he has been producing these with great speed, something I am very thankful for.
Another final line layout. Layouts like this really help my animation along by giving them a solid space to work in.

Every week Tyler comes to me with new thumbnails of backgrounds, we critique and adjust. So far all adjustments have been minor and the project is chugging along nicely.

Some finished thumbnails of the Atrium in which the father works, and a value study of the candle pile(shot 02). Tyler has been able to take my vision and really bring it to life, adding his own touch and expertise. I can't wait to see what the finished backgrounds will look like!

Keep an eye out for my Lyka reel which will be uploaded either late Sunday or early Monday.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Update 01/23/2010

A quick update on some tests. Many of the tests haven't been exported to quicktimes yet, but here are a few to let everyone know that the project is still chugging along. :)