I’ve been working on a documentary for a few months, and thought it was time to share some photos with you! Wild Reverence is a doc about Steelhead, a type of salmon that used to be abundant in the Pacific Northwest, but whose numbers are dwindling. Now it is a rare fish sought after by anglers, and one must go to great lengths to find one in the United States. Director Shane Anderson goes on such a journey, while learning about why the fish is endangered and what can be done about it.
The animated segments are made in a frame by frame marker on glass technique, and then here is some compositing happening in After Effects. Below you can see some shots of my animation stand as I’m animating in marker, some sketches and stills.
Here you can see how I’m able to rotoscope a video of a fish swimming using my marker on glass technique and Dragon frame grabbing software. This is the first time we see the animation in the movie.
At one point a man falls and spins in midair. He morphs into a fish that splashes in the water below.
Check out those lovely marker smudges! You can see how this scene is composited together with a background in the final stills below.
This may not look exciting, but it’s the basis of the underwater background I used in a lot of scenes.
In one scene a steelhead is shown traveling in the ocean (they spend a long time out there before returning to their river!). The ocean sequence is kind of an homage to the original Super Mario. See final stills below. Here I’m animating some of the creatures at the bottom of the ocean.
Gotta get the maps right! More rotoscoping for the map sequences. I’ve been drawing a lot of Washington state recently!
This is one of the preliminary sketches I created when thinking about the last animated sequence. Stay tuned for pictures from that!
And here are some of the final stills: