Sunday, 21 June 2009

Beach scene

The beach scene comes after the credits, and it shows the continuation; it shows the cycle of life, as the seasons, and the representation of it with the autumn leaf in the hands of the grown up boy. now he admires the stars with a beloved in his side and suggesting that the cycle would continuous repeating itself through time.
This is the final scene and it has given me a lot of problems when rendering it from after effects. I dont know why, but to render the high quality scene from AE it takes ages... days. while the film it self has more complex scenes and did fine in the render.

Below is the beach animation which was quite difficult... as it has this timing that is difficult to get.:

end credits!

Danny has worked in this part also. We had a limited time to make the credits, because i have given the film to the sound designer already, meaning that i couldn't change the time of any scene !
Before we were fading in and fading out the information, but there was no time to read them properly! so we decided to scroll it and yes, is readable! After all this work... we got to be able to read the names involved on it.

Stars go up scene

This is the last scene before the end credits. After the credits there is one more scene, showing a couple looking to the sky when they see a shooting star.
By this stage I am already rushing with all so that I can acually finish the film in time. I though at one moment that I wouldn't make it in time for the sound designer... that it wouldnt have sound.
Danny also worked here in the animation of the stars going up.

I painted a day light version of this background originally:

Becoming a Star scene

With the time passing by the boy grew into a man and his parents got older; their time in this world had finished and they shall become stars and go back to the sky.
In this scene i had the help of Danny to do the FX of them becoming energy while the light spins around them. His help towards the end of the film in this production timeline was much appreciated and I wish he had been present since the beginning:

run cycle sequence

i though this sequence would be extremely challenging... as I needed to make the little baby morphing into the adult in the same run cycle. I think this solution works fine.
I have to say that I am not happy with the 3d character of the humans.... they don't fit the film and I had a lot of problems with their rig. I will talk more about this subject in the post called "Team Work".
here is the first test of the sequence. Pardon me for some crap animations such as the leave on his hands... lol... i just didn't have time to finish it better by this stage as I was rushing so much to finish the film for sound. I promissed I would give the film for the sound Designer a good 3 to 2 weeks before the hand in. But becose the work was done mainly by me, when animation is a collective art, I just didnt finish by the time i wanted. With a lot of night woth no sleep and s bit of stress here and there I manage to give to him one week before hand in.

Here goes the final version of this sequence:

Time passes by scene

This scene was and still is a little problem. in this first test the pick of the day light and the night light are not correct... even trying many different ways of color correction in After Effects. The solution was to re-draw the the painting of the light in the day light, as the original painting I did was very darkish light... but still it hasn't reached what I expected and wished.
He it goes, the first test:

And now the Time Passing by as final in the film:

humans creation

As you can see in the previous video posted, the light would come down after flying up, and a explosion would occur, something i was thinking of to create the humans from. I though of making it slower, with the fire bubbles slowly growing to fade in to the 3d humans. After speaking with Dan Dalli we though that i could find a nicer way of doing that, as the creation of the human is a crucial moment of the film. Below is the solution I created, as a first test (the video got squashed when i upload it here...):

This is the final version of this scene: