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calendar_today Dec 28th 2020
Rex is the jock of Sprite Fright’s gang. Here, Rex expresses himself thanks to a new facial rig. Also, Rex’s dental work is given attention, and a vital detail: a sprite gets a nicer hat.
I tested the latest Rex facial rig setup by posing and transitioning to different emotions. Simply to check if we can hit the desired poses, addressing appearing issues to the rigging department and explore personality of Rex in these poses.
Recreated the alternate 'square' teeth shape key on Rex's retopologized teeth following the sculpt. Recreated 'mouth_uu' shape key as test on Rex's retopologized head mesh following the sculpt. Started on Ellie and ...completed retopology on head, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Show more
Minor tweaks to the eye rig, improvements and documentation for CloudRig's Troubleshooting module and bug reporting, update the Sprite mesh to the lat...est one and improve the behaviour of the hat, and a happy Christmas! Show more
calendar_today Dec 14th 2020
The sprites explore expressive ways of walking. Rex’s eyebrows are prepared to perform, and the forest is further refined tree by tree, and bug by bug.
I got involved a lot in software feedback and design as well as personal matters so I couldn't work a lot on the film. I did make some progress on wrapping up the Victoria, Ellie & Rex sculpts and prepare them for handover to retopology but mostly I also spent some time tweaking the Sprites design a bit.
Last week I dived into the world of the sprites, little creatures that happily live together while maintaining the order and beauty of the forest. In order to get to explore their behavior, mood and characteristics ...for the movie, I made a bunch of walkcycles to start this conversation with Matthew (director). How would you imagine the sprites if you spotted them in the forest? Show more
Addressed requests from animation on Rex's facial and eyebrows performance. Rex is now ready for the next steps; rigging and surfacing. Assessed El...lie sculpt file for retopology readiness. Developed a sculpt-to-retopology handover checklist to be implemented as standard for upcoming characters. Show more
The work on the environment continues. Paired with some lookdev using the popular Phil scene I also worked on a composite of the Rex forest run animation test.
I painted over the mushroom grove layout and tried to establish the light and mood for that moment in the movie. Also some final tweaks on our animal ...cast! Show more
This week I mostly worked on more Rex lip controls! And more importantly, moved back to the office to watch Hjalti's cat while he is away ;)
calendar_today Dec 7th 2020
Busy times. Projects include the intricate puzzle that is retopology in general, and the retopology of Rex’s shorts in particular. Also, an experiment in lighting-as-storytelling, and the dramatic “forest run” test shot is rendered multiple times.
Now that the Expression tests are being wrapped up & the sculpts are signed off for Retopology my work was focused on the last expression sheets to compare the main lineup of characters in expression style & range. ...Additionally I was also cleaning up any approved sculpting files so that I can share them here on the Cloud. More files will follow soon! Show more
This week my time was spent alternating between lighting a testing scenario and doing more work on bushes. I also ended starting another oak tree model.
This week I spent time to compare the walk and runcycles together. Simply to check if these characters can fit in the same world in terms of motion. Next to that I updated the walk of Jay to give him some attitude.
Finalized retopology of Rex. Retopology is very much like solving a puzzle, relying entirely on topology alone to achieve an end result that follows the sculpt. Each piece needs to deform properly with all connectin...g pieces so that the entire character can withstand the demands of a very cartoony styled production. Show more
This week I finalized the lighting of the forest run test shot and rendered out multiple version that we wanted to try, to figure out the exact animation style we want to go for.
During this week I added the sprites' rigs and I fixed some of the trajectories. Also I added some grease pencil strokes on Ellie to simulate some motion blur
I mostly spend the week finalizing some of the animal characters and providing paintovers and drawovers. There were minor adjustments made to the sho...rt so the Colorscript needed to be updated also. Show more