May 8, 2017
Fish Pot study
Animation for the reveal shot of the baby. As the baby was referenced, I wasn’t able to parent it to the wrists, so the turn took a bit of work in keeping the hands and baby in the right positions. Though it’s not seen, I mapped out the walk cycles and timing for them as they turn and approach the window, since this helped in figuring out how many steps were needed to reach the key positions, and convincingly show their bobbing etc as they walked. Ended up redoing several parts of this shot to get it right, and it looks a bit different from the previs and animatic, since i never overcame how a character with such a tall neck would lift the baby over its head. Also have him holding the baby up in the air only momentarily, to allow time for him to transition into a cradling position, which flows better into the next shot. The blanket is just a cube with a bend deformer, the layout of this shot is intended to hide the baby until the last moment, and also remove the need to show the whole blanket being wrapped around her. Had a lot of fun with the expressions, especially on the baby.