Ok so for this the background you see is actually originally a real picture of an office, but after applying a filter to it in photoshop it makes it look similar to the background style I’d want for my final film. I doubt I’d use this filter for the final thing but i’d definitely want to play around with it more
For convenience i decided to work with lines for this image, I just wanted to test out the colours and composition to see how well they’d work together. I felt like this worked but also that it was missing something, so I decided to play around with the light & colour levels, and as you can see it looks SO much better. This made me realise that if this film DOES get made then not only will I need a strong animation team but I will also need a strong compositing & editing team who will be able to give this film the perfect colours & lighting to really bring it to life
I really like my design for the dog and hopefully I wont have to change it when it comes to next year but if there’s a better alternative i’m willing to consider it.
Here’s my design for the owner of the dog. Originally I had considered her to be a guy but after talking to a lecturer he questioned why did it have to be a woman, so I changed it. But then after another talk he said people might get the wrong idea of a woman in the workplace having to chose between her dog and her job, but it’s too late, she’s a woman now and deadlines are soon.
Just a little promotional poster I made for Business Dog. I feel like I’ve really nailed the style I want to work in and I really like how this has turned out, it feels like a real movie poster. I might just have to print this one out and stick it on my wall haha
Just a lil bit of colour concept art to try and set the tone for the time of day. Think this was a pretty successful test and I really like the outcome
Welp, since it looks like I’ll probably be making this film next year I decided to start doing some animation tests. This film will be in an art style I’ve never really worked with before so I felt that the most important thing to focus on at the moment would be how to accomplish this with TVPaint and how to make this a quick streamlined process.
Below is the first animation test I made. Was just playing around with the style, the shading and the framerate (because I want a relatively low framerate for the final film, working with 3s, 4s, 5s & even 6s but rarely 2s). This was just a test to see how the pooch would move when trotting happily, I like how it came up but I feel more tests should be done first.
To get the style I first animated it normally, then I coloured underneath & deleted the lineart layer. They I redrew the lineart over the top but more minimalistic, and then I shaded with a hard light layer & soft light layer for the brights.
Below is another animation test I did to familiarise myself with this method of working. Things like panting & tail wagging I want to only have 2 frames of animation, any more and I feel like it would be too much.
And the last test I did of the night below shows how the character will behave with shadows & shading. So when in normal light the character will have normal shading & lighting but when interacting with a shadow the character will be completely dark, no light or further shading necessary.
I will be doing more tests throughout the week to familiarise myself with this new style of animating