Working in features for a period of time…. you'll find that there are moments when some films are more developed (storyboard-wise) than others. This is a shot where there were no storyboards. Just the director explaining to me that the intent was to make sure the girl (Tip) was annoyed at the sound playing through the radio and that the cat is completely freaked out. It was up to me to decide how I wanted all of this working together. I wanted it to be appealing with a nice visual choreography of ideas, but most importantly... fun.
So when I pitched the idea that it might be fun if the cat jumped on both of the main character's heads while scrambling, ending with the cat hanging from the rear-view mirror, director Tim Johnson seemed to love the idea and let me fly with it.
In order to establish the composition and staging for the only character moving through the space (the cat), as part of my process, I thought it would be quick and easy if I animated a simple primitive to get a sense of rhythm and snappy timing. Once I got that working, I drew thumbnails (within our animation software) to block out my idea/concept to show the director. After my concept was approved, I then proceeded to block out my shot with the CG characters in my scene.