Loved the art direction and mood in this.... I really can tell the illustrative quality in it and that is something I really like. I think when illustration meets animation it can be a very genuine thing.
I've contemplated doing my own animation on the side, but mostly I only am familiar with After Effects and at that fairly limited when it comes to actual fluid animation - at least of my knowledge. Regardless this is still inspiring!
so fluid and wonderfully charming, the animation and colours and composition and music are all amazing. probably one of the best things i've watched in a while and definitely something i'll remember and be sure to watch again! looking forward to your new short too. just one thing that i'm curious about: may i ask how you did the train and the ripples on the lilypads?
Yes you may. The train and the ripples are both After Effects trickery. I painted the train cars and animated the ripples straight-on, with no perspective or anything. Then a few of my brainy friends took those assets into After Effects and animated/relocated them in perspective in the scene. They're basically 2.5 D sprites. Think old school Duke Nukem.
Good question! So my younger brother is a composer, and I brought him the animatic, before animation, and we talked about pieces of music that I wanted to pull from, music that had the right vibe or feel to it. So I had some things in mind, specific styles of music and emotional beats, but not a tune or a melody.
Then he worked out a first draft of the score to the animatic. We played it back and discussed where to push certain emotions, where to pull back, etc. as the animation process went on. I don't know quite how many versions we went through, but there were quite a few, and it changed quite a bit. We locked the final sheet music to the finished and edited animation, then my brother, a performance pianist, and I all recorded different parts of the score to the edit for mixing later on. Mixed the music to the final cut and called it good.
And that was the process. Working with a good composer can't be beat. I'm gearing up to start another short in a few months and I'm planning to work with my brother again.
I'm a little late here, but thanks for that reply! Very insightful. When you watch Tom and Jerry, you'll notice the music really complements the animation, which makes the animation feel very natural. I got that same feeling when watching your animation; everything just flowed perfectly. Nice to know you really thought things through, especially the song choice. Hope to see more from you in the future!
it's probably a combination of the music and the whimsical/artistic interaction between human and animal. plus a young girl being the protagonist. the magical underground subway reminded me a lot of Nausicaa, but all these elements were done really well in your short film and they also felt original in their own way.