The Fountain Scene

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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 […]


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    The Fountain Scene: Final Render

    Jan 29, 2014 11:47am | by Julie Giles

    This is how it all came together. When we rendered out this scene, I think collectively we all let out a big sigh of relief, because we just knew that it was right. It felt right.   You get what the story is all about, even without words, you get the transition between worlds, the […]


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    The Town Square And The Fountain: A Gathering Point For Community

    Jan 29, 2014 11:01am | by Ramona Pringle

    There’s a line in the script, when I first enter the town and see the fountain: “I wondered what other digital nomads were awake at 2 am, and what silence they were escaping from.” My mom was in the hospital. I was in my childhood home, alone. And I recognized immediately, that everyone else online […]