Tuesday, August 21, 2012

45000...


...is the approximate number of drawings it will take to make our film.
We are, of course, not making a stop motion film but a classically animated, hand-drawn cartoon.
The animation and all the artwork relating to creating the imagery will be done by hand, on paper, and later inked onto frosted cel. We will use digital compositing tools to put everything together.
Below is a photo of all the drawings it took for the shot of the girl hopping off the bed and walking off screen from our test animation (third shot). There are just over 100. 
Look - real drawings!
Each one is drawn with pen and ink onto a special cel that has a frosted coating on one side.  Here you can see me drawing over the top of Boris Hiestand’s animation drawings.

45000 drawings, all of which will be inked onto frosted cels. This means we will need quite a large, talented crew and the whole process will be very time consuming. But if we want it to look right, this is the only way, there are no short cuts. Can’t wait to get started…

13 comments:

Maƫl Gourmelen said...

I hope that you will get all the support, the time and so money, you deserve on this. This St Trinian's scene is simply beautiful.

David Bernal said...

So beautiful!! & I love seeing the process and film come to life!! Its so inspiring!

Matthew Koh said...

So, how can you get a talented crew who are interested in doing this?

Uli Meyer said...

There's no shortage of talented people who want to work on this. The Kickstarter campaign will play a big part in hopefully enabling us to assemble that crew. Please help spread the news, the campaign will be up in November.

Sean said...

im very excited about this project. and man do i wish i was in london to help on this!!! i wish you all the best with this very worthy project.

Matt W. said...

This looks incredible. Just out of curiosity, what type of pens/nibs are you using?

Richard said...

*raises hand to be part of the crew*

Uli Meyer said...

@Matt W - There will be a post about pens/nibs very soon.
@Richard - Not hiring just yet, I'm afraid...

Sami said...

Whoa! What a meditative process. I can smell outstanding masterpiece in the making :) If only I could come close to any of those drawings (sigh!)

K.B. said...

Brilliant ! I will support this wondeul endeavor any way i can !

Matt J said...

BIG drawings -nice!

Sean Wickett said...

hi uli,

i've been an admirer for this project for some time.

i have a business model for my own film that i want to put in action.

here it is: sell the original art to fund the production. each of the beautiful ink drawings are worth several hundred dollars, easily. part of the kickstarter campaign rewards could be original art.

anyway, i hope this sparks some ideas! best of luck, we need fine work like this to keep the legacy of 2D alive and well!

David VanTuyle said...

Hey Uli,
I have been loving these posts and will totally be there to back you in November when the Kickstarter starts up!

Best of luck and keep up the good work!