adventure and absurdity in making an animated short

Saturday, April 07, 2007


animation set up with rough layout

Here is where that old fellow is now. I have been very busy at Pixar on an upcoming project that has consumed a lot of my time. But even with the demands of the day job I have been trying to get Leo to the finish line. Animation is done - done. Meaning all the scenes have been animated although some are missing inbetweens, some need to be tied down. I have reassembled the film putting all the animated scenes into the reel taking out all the storyboards. This has given me a good sense of how everything is playing and what is left to do. The next step has been to take a sequence of about 10 shots (about 30 seconds of the film) and take them to completion to work out the final look for the film. To this end I have been scanning all the drawings into my computer. Then using real media and photoshop we have been experimenting to find the final look. This is being led by Robert Kondo, a truly gifted young artist, who's work you will see in Pixar's next film Ratatouille http://www.pixar.com/theater/trailers/rat/index.html. Robert has taken on the Production Design of Leonardo. I'll post some images soon when we get something we like. Our hope is that we have that sequence done by mid June. Once all that is figured out we'll apply what we've learned to all the other sequences, inbetweening and cleaning up as we go. Then it will be done. One driving idea I have always had for the film is that the viewer is aware they are watching drawings move. So to that end we are keeping a lot of the rough animation as is, even leaving on the charts and numbers. These are the animators notes, their doodles. Evoking the sense you are watching a notebook move. It should be very cool.


Blogger Dan said...

Glad to see thing are progressing Jim. Been looking forward to seeing where it's at, and can't wait to see it finished.

Great work!

7:34 PM  
Blogger JmC said...

thanks for checking in Dan.

i'll try to keep the site more up to date.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Ryan Anderson said...

Hey Jim,

I've been silently following progress on Leo for a long while now and find your posts inspiring. Can't wait to see where the "final look" ends up.

4:38 AM  
Blogger J said...

Hey Jim, This is great!
With Rob doing prod design, this thing is going to be awesome. I can't wait to see it finished. Congrats on getting the animation done,done.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous ken k said...

Holy crap! I can't wait to see some animation. I'm glad I found your blog heir director. Well... back to work.

Ken Kim

3:17 AM  

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