This series of posts about our title sequence for "What Are The Odds" has turned out to be a little more complicated than I expected.
Makes sense since it was a complicated little peice.
After boarding and cutting a leica reel, the next step in a narrative film like this is to create a shot list.
43 shots. 3456 frames at 24 fps.
I had thought to post Ed Smith's original artwork as ink drawings. I forgot that we used the originals in art production.
Inspired by the production process on Eggs we used the original animation drawings and colored directly onto them. It was a little more complicated, as we wanted a colored line -so we scanned the ink drawings, colored them by hand, scanned them again, then combined the layers in Photoshop.
Somehow I figured this would be the easiest process.
Here's a businessman walking, making a deal on a cel phone, drinking coffee.
He's in lockstep with two other guys.
For the art production we wanted to look like a watercolor. To mimic this we colored the paper with pencil and smudged it. This got rid of the pencil line and gave a smooth variation similar to watercolor. It's also about 50 times faster and more controlled than paint.
Signe Baumane helped out a lot with the art production.
One of the things that Ed Smith is best at is economy. He can do a lot with a few drawings and not make it look like "limited animation". I'm working on putting an example from this sequence together.
The downside of this skill is that you need a cameraman and co-ordinator that know what they're doing and when you go back into it a couple years later you need to spend some time trying to remember what you were thinking.