Archive for February, 2007

First milestone complete

Just to bring people up to speed, Ebon is an animation project I’ve been working on for several years now. The first phase of the project, the proof-of-concept scene, is nearing completion, and I’m beginning to lay the groundwork for phase two, the pilot episode. This blog is a part of that effort. I’ll be documenting, in as much detail as I can manage, the process of developing an animated short from concept to completion.

The proof of concept

Most of my time and energy right now is devoted to animating a single scene from the script. Although the scene’s a mere two minutes long, I’m treating it as a full-blown production, progressing from storyboarding to modeling, voice casting, animation, lighting, rendering, sound-mixing and compositing. I picked Episode 2, Scene 4, because it has a little bit of everything: walking, talking, even a little fighting. It’s a good way to teach myself every aspect of production that I’ll be facing when I take on the 13-scene pilot episode.

So, here’s what I have so far: a complete “rough pass” animation of all 17 shots in the scene, with blocking, lighting and celshading. Next pass will be for facial expressions, dialog and lipsync.

Part 2 Scene 4

Download: “Rough Pass” animation


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