Monday, 28 March 2011

Barista Work: Carol (Animatic)

I should be packing to go home, but I've spent the morning doing this:

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Barista Work: Carol

Taking Alex's original rough mannequin base for Alice, I've started to draw Carol up in Animate Toon Boom:

I haven't done as much work as I'd've liked to this weekend, I fear I've got the beginning of R.S.I. (the irony being my wrist/arm started to hurt the evening after Georg encouraged us all to go out and buy ergonomic keyboards and mice in a lecture on thursday), so I've been trying to avoid using the computer as much as possible, but in the meantime I've been reading towards my literary reviews

Thursday, 17 March 2011

[100th post!] Pre-Production Complete

Celebrating my 100th Blog post AND the completion of my Pre-Production project. It's been a mission, but it's got done :)

The Final Design Bible:
Theatre of The People Design Bible
My Production Report:
My Visual Research File:
Visual Research File
All my Sketchbook work for the Project:
Alice Pre Pro Sketch Book

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Cinematography Shoot

The team: Charlie, Emily, Loz, Nigel, Ryan, Miguel and Sasha


And here's a rough cut Miggy put together, it's missing a few bits:

Barista Coffee Roadtrip

So, last Monday (it seems so long ago now), thanks to Alex's girlfriend, we road tripped to Origin Coffee's Roastery warehouse armed with a P2 camera and all the filming paraphernalia that goes with it.
Phil, the guy who works in the Roastery (who is also a great barista and Alex's new hero), made us so many Latte's (I later had a meeting with Andy and some other second years, I ended up uncontrollable twitching and gibbering rubbish from having about 6 cups!). We now have some excellent reference footage to work with, we shot Phil's hands making some pretty Latte's and Sarah making a poor one (watch the Animatic to understand).
Heart shaped Latte, created by Phil:

L-R: Phil, Alex and Me:

One happy-coffee-loving-chappy:

Phil also gave us some free Coffee and some hesian sacks that the beans come in (which I was really excited about in my caffiene crazed state and kept showing it off to everyone in the studio, much to their annoyance).

So, Me and Alex have since sat down and worked out exactly how many shots we have to do to get Barista sorted, and it turns out it's rather scary:
Barista Planning

Another development, following Derek's advice, has been to change Tim's stick figure Boss Carol into an Ex-Girlfriend of Tim's, since we're not going to have time to complete the scene where Tim comes face to face with all of his exes on a bus (you can see the designs I did for all the ex girlfriends here). I'm designing Carol who is going to be based upon this ex:

So, after my Pre-Production hand in on wednesday, it's full steam ahead on Barista!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Barista Work: Animatic

It's been a while blog, I've been busy neglecting you and half starting and not finishing everything else...

So, here's an updated version of the Barista Animatic, the first minute and a half is by Alex and the rest is by me...

Due to techincal problems and compatability issues, only me and Alex are going to be working on the final film, we're definitley animating up to the end of the animatic and anything after that will be a bonus! No more animatic we're heading straight into animating next!

Tomorrow, with the aide of Alex's girlfriend and armed with P2 cameras, we're roadtripping to some fancy coffee place Alex has got in contact with to shoot some refererence footage for the opening coffee-making sequence, so I'll be uploading some pictures of that soon :)

I'm currently working on pre-production like a boss, after my fairly successful pitch (I feel it went well... considering I didn't have a practice and Derek & Kathy hadn't heard anything about my change of idea...) things are coming together fairly quickly and easily.

Also going to be doing our second shoot for Cinematography tonight (our first was fairly successful, but there are a couple we need to reshoot). I'm also going to take my "monkey" camera and take pictures and do some interviews for our "behind the scenes" kind-of-thing we have to do to accompany it, as well as perform my role as shot keeper (or as Frankie says, 'shop keeper'), so that'll be up on here soon too.