behind-the-scenes

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    Welcome To The ‘Making Of’ Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:26pm | by Julie Giles

    Welcome to the ‘making-of’ Avatar Secrets, an exclusive look behind-the-scenes for subscribers to our e-newsletter. For the next six months, we’ll follow the creative team through the final production stages to the launch of this ground-breaking interactive documentary. By sharing the animatic renders, character sketches, illustrations and storyboards that provide the artistic foundation of the […]

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    From Storyboard To Animation: A Q&A With Ramona Pringle

    Mar 17, 2014 1:24pm | by Julie Giles

    In this second instalment of Avatar Secrets ‘Making Of’, we’re looking at how Chapter 3, Scene 6 progresses from storyboard to animation. As anyone who has worked in animation or film production knows, the storyboard is an essential tool. Not only does it allow the director to get a sense of the way the movie […]

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    How Storyboards Inspired The Creative Style of Avatar Secrets

    Mar 17, 2014 1:20pm | by Ramona Pringle

    During the pre-production phase of Avatar Secrets, our first creative challenge was to create a virtual world, and Ramona’s avatar character, Tristanova. While inspired by the fantasy worlds of online games, we decided to create something fresh — a world that referenced the scope and terrain of sprawling video games, and spoke to the blurred […]

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    Shattering Glass Sequence

    Mar 17, 2014 1:15pm | by Ramona Pringle

    If you’ve seen the trailer for Avatar Secrets, you might just remember the sequence where the illustrated version of Ramona reaches out to touch her reflection and the glass shatters. This follows a transition from footage to illustration and provides an introduction to the idea of parallel realities and identities. Ramona’s life from before shatters. […]

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    From Storyboard To Animation: Developing A Hybrid Style

    Mar 17, 2014 1:10pm | by Ramona Pringle

    Once we decided that the line between what was illustrated and what was photorealistic would be blurred, the next step was executing it in a way that was subtle enough to trick the eye. That way when the viewer noticed it, it would give them a sense of awe — the same sensory experience that […]

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    From Storyboard To Finished Product: Rotoscoping Effect

    Mar 17, 2014 1:05pm | by Ramona Pringle

    While many of the real world scenes in Avatar Secrets are illustrated, others are photographic. To transition between the two styles, we incorporated a rotoscoping effect, where the footage is “traced over, ” creating an illustration that matches the frame for a smooth transition between media. Some scenes were drawn to match existing documentary footage […]

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    The Fountain Scene: Q&A With The Creative Team – Ramona Pringle, Michaele Jordana & Olney Atwell

    Feb 5, 2014 9:00am | by Julie Giles

    In this instalment of Avatar Secrets ‘Making Of’, we’re examining one of the first scenes to be rendered in full — The Fountain Scene. The scene begins with a live action sequence of Ramona in her room and quickly morphs into an elaborate animated landscape as the viewer transitions from the real into the virtual […]

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    In Conversation With Illustrator Michael Derrah

    Feb 5, 2014 8:55am | by Julie Giles

    Director Ramona Pringle chatted with Avatar Secrets illustrator Michael Derrah about developing the project’s hand-drawn style and a “2.5D” feeling of depth, created out of flat assets. They talk about how the Fountain Scene —  the first scene that was rendered for the project’s prototype came to life, and how Mike worked with the rest […]

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    The Fountain Scene: An Early Animatic Rendering

    Feb 1, 2014 8:13pm | by Julie Giles

    The decision about how this scene would look, and move, was a collaborative one, taking into account visual style and composition, animation, and narrative. We knew that we wanted photorealistic elements in the scene, and that those elements should be chosen and placed purposefully. The fountain is the focal piece of the scene both visually […]

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    The Fountain Scene: Water Fountain Test

    Jan 29, 2014 11:48am | by Julie Giles

    Since the water fountain is the focal point of the scene, and the key photo-realistic element in the sequence, we really wanted to bring it to life — and to bring in magic! One way we decided to do this was to bring motion into the scene, and life. Here you’ve got a scene that […]