I love that feeling when I’m starting to animate a film – when I feel like I’ve planned enough that I know what direction I’m going in, but not planned enough that I think it’s going to be boring. Yesterday I spent the whole day hammering out this thumbnail storyboard:
This film will probably veer from this as I go, based on the vagaries of the technique I’m using, or how long things are taking me to animate. But it’s great to have a solid starting point. I also created this short test to try out changing the focus from one plane to another:
Above you can see the blank canvas of my stand before starting, and below you can see the title of the film (Mario) being engulfed by a pool of blood. Yup, this film is gonna be dark!
I had to cut off the stems of two of my brushes to get them to fit under the top layer of glass. It’s something I don’t think brush manufacturers have in mind when making their stems!
Above you can see the top layer is now in use – I’m learning a lot about the quality of paint necessary on the top layer, when you’re bottom layers is covered with a color – the top layer’s colors are influenced by the bottom layer, and it appears invariably darker. I’m excited about how it’s going! I’ve done about 12 seconds so far.