Here is the final cut of Shot 50, my initial test shot, so it’s not really a making of, so much as a conclusion. Many things about the pipeline were worked out on this quick shot.
Primary personal notes: Let’s animate bigger if we’re going to start closer to the action, so we can avoid pixelization on final render.
Be careful and thorough with the ScanCleaner function in TVPaint, so that painting in Photoshop is quick and easy for myself and future assistants.
Do more animation, less camera work! (This is really the only real big multiplane shot, so I am happy to have knocked it out.)
Tom Bancroft‘s feedback was:
… I have to say you’ve done an EXCELLENT job on your thesis project so far John! I’m really impressed. I didn’t think you’d finish the pan shot all in color and fully animated, when I saw a first pass of the camera move, just a few weeks ago. You did a lot of work in that short amount of time and it really is at a high level. The woman who’s skirt flies up really came a long way and you took my notes and ran with them well. The camera move concerns I had initially (that it would be too fast) have been tweaked and refined and work really well now…
…Just keep going. There is A LOT to get done still, so I hope you don’t rush anything too quickly, but stay at it at in even clip. Don’t be afraid to redo things as you continue forward, much like you did segments of the pan animation. It will pay off. I look forward to seeing the final product!
So, that’s pretty intense, huh?