It takes about 3 weeks to create a character in clay. I found it fascinating to learn how much time each part of the process takes.
In the Rigging Department, we met Sabine Heller, Senior Character Technical Director. It is the Rigging Deptartment’s job to make the anatomy of the characters. She makes the joints and strings to connect it all.
Difficult controls are hidden so that animator can create expressions. Main characters take about 6 months, but nim Galuu took 8 months.
Story artist Warren Leonhardt discussed the story board process and how he comes up with his ideas. He spends time visualizing and “making a movie in his mind” to help the creativity flow.
Senior animator David Sloss discussed the computer animation process behind Blue Sky Studio’s “Epic” movie. He showed us how the characters are animated. The animator act outs and videos their characters to understand the feeling and mood of the character. It takes about 40-50 hours a week for 3 1/2 seconds of animation. Wow! Below is a glimpse at what he showed us.
- Avg leafman is 2 inches tall and weighs 2 grams
- Nature inspired everything
- Queen Tara dress white iris train of daisy and honeysuckle
- Look of decay – look Into an old treestump.
- Scout locations – Adirondacks and state parks in Connecticut
The Blue Skies Studio Tour was an amazing experience. My girls and I learned so much about the process of making an animated movie. We are ready to see Epic on Blu-Ray/ DVD!
To win a copy of the Epic DVD, please click here.
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To read all about our walk down the Green Carpet for the Epic Premiere in May, please click here.