behind-the-scenes

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    Welcome To The ‘Making Of’ Avatar Secrets

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

    About Avatar Secrets In case you’ve just landed here via a friend or associate,  here is some background information on the project. If you’d like to find out more about the story, format and team, please visit the


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

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

    Julie: Do the storyboards anticipate the depth of the final app? Ramona: Nothing could have anticipated the depth of the final app. This project came to life as we all fell in love with the story, the process and the characters. The storyboards don’t include the incredible motion or the Z-Axis transitions from the real […]


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    How Storyboards Inspired The Creative Style of Avatar Secrets

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

    We were creating a documentary, but footage and


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    Shattering Glass Sequence

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


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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

    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 while other scenes were shot to match the angles in the storyboards. The latter was used especially for sequences where we integrated transitions through […]


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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

    Julie: This is such a beautiful scene and it has so many ‘moving parts’ — from birds to clouds to a flowing fountain. What was the greatest challenge you faced when developing the scene? Ramona: This was the first scene we rendered in full, so the challenge was about establishing what the project was going […]


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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 […]