Writer, Director, Producer for Animation.
I made Trip to the Planetarium in 2008, it combines live action with 2D Animation.
I shot the live in the streets of New York (Upper Westside) with a Panasonic VariCam AJ-HDC27 (1280x720). I did the offline edit with Final Cut Pro. I scanned and colored the animation on Photoshop, then hired a VFX/compositing company to compose the animation with the color corrected/edited live footage which they did using After Effects.
- I worked with 4 different animators. At the beginning, we all brainstormed about the characters. Each animator made sketchs.
- Once I made up my mind and decided which character design was best for what I would looking for, I assigned each animator with one character.
- Then, I broke down the script in shots list, and made a basic storyboard with stick figures of what I had envisioned. I was also placing the position for the camera. I had then long discussions with each animator to work on their specific scenes.
- When everything was ok, the animator was drawing the in-betweens.
- After that, I hired a different animator which only job was doing clean-ups with black lines of all the rough drawings, it took a while!
- When the 'animation' on paper was finished, I bought a big professional scanner and scanned every drawings (2400.) I imported them all into Photoshop and colored each drawing (cleaning and making blacklines...). Sometimes, it would take 45 minutes per drawings. It took me 4 months non-stop to color all of them!!
- I exported the drawings as Alpha Channels.
Combining Animation with Live:
Once the live shots were fully edited and color corrected, I went to a VFX/compositing company which combined my live footage with the Alpha Channels of the drawings and animated them using After Effects. Once these shorts were completed, I reinserted them in the rest of the film and re-exported the final film.
Trip to the Planetarium original version (23 mn) received the 2008 Bronze Telly Award for use of Animation, was at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Short Film Corner, in July 2008 at the Beijing Film Festival for Greening the Beige, Environmental Arts Festival, in August 2008 at Chinh India Kids Film Festival (New Delhi, India), in November 2008 at the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival (Germany).
The film has a 15 minutes version called Trip to the Planetarium Reloaded which received the Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking in March 2009 at the Honolulu International Film Festival, was selected in May 2009 at the Delray Beach Film Festival (Austin, TX), at the Cannes Film Festival (France) at the Short Film Corner in May 2009 and was screened in December 2008 at the Festival du Cinema de Paris (France).
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