Monday, 10 August 2009
After many blank pages of sketchbook and still not much of an idea for the look of Wolf, I've been considering this kind of thing. What if Wolf was from one of these lurid 70's cartoons? The retired superhero is a bit of a cliche so I'm not 100% on that (although it IS worth considering. Short films have a different pace for character development on screen, so the quicker you can get who they are out of the way, the quicker you can get on with taking them somewhere. Basically using cliches can be helpful in shortfilm, think of some PIXAR shorts; Presto, Lifted, blah blah there's probably more)
There's a lot more to this style than simply limited animation.
Things that move on the character are slightly off colour compared to the things that are dead still. This guys head and arms are off colour here because they are the only bits that are animated.
Moving parts can often jump around a bit as well, like someone is moving the camera by accident.
There is a lot of cycling animation, with even the frames being cycled being poorly executed.
Horrendous poses. This screen grab here is not a frame that was skipped over in motion. This is a key frame that was held on screen for some time.
I'm not sure about the age thing though. Obviously these guys are quite a bit older than our old character, but we could just use these kind of designs just on a teenager instead.
What do you all think? I can see this guy sitting alone with only a bouncy dog for company...