This summer break / accelerated semester is being spent churning out all the remaining layouts so I can focus on animation and audio in hopes of hitting my primary deadline. The layouts cover a lot of the beginning, third, and final quarters of the film. There will be a number more color cards and simple two color backgrounds, but these are the complicated layouts. ONLY FOUR LEFT! But some of them are going to be quite a bit more difficult.
Marshall Stevens is a BFA student at the school where I teach, who has an interest and acumen for digital painting. He’s particularly good at taking notes and incorporating set styles. Not to mention he’s just an overall hard worker. I tasked him with painting several background plates this last quarter, some I provided layout drawings for, and some we roughed out together based on the rough indications of the animatic. Here’s a sampling of his work.
This is primarily some rough concept art and background studies I did, with and without reference, to flesh out the general feeling of “Zoo” that I can trying to create in Hipposterous. The majority of the references I used were from my own photograph collection from Zoo Atlanta, the Nashville Zoo, and both the Old and current L.A. Zoo’s in Griffith Park. I then used these references to build the rough backgrounds in the animatics, as well as produce the rough color study concept and multiplane layout displayed here.