To promote the Tooncast Top 20 Greatest Cartoons stunt airing in 2011 and 2012, I created a :30 promo that used live-action, 2D animation, and 3D animation techniques. While the one long camera move across a big corporate lobby looked simple on paper, the blocking and timing of the camera move across the compressed space on the green screen stage proved to be fairly complicated ( see pCAM Camera Diagram on my Web site at aaronweiler.com/#item=tooncast-top-20-greatest-cartoons-promo ). Thankfully, I had an awesome cast and crew that were up for the challenge. Because of the shallowness of the set, the timing of the long tracking shot, and the need to be centered on Daffy Duck's entrance at the end of the track, my DP, Larry Robertson, decided to move diagonally across the set so we could keep the security desk onscreen as long as possible while looking like we were moving in one long straight line toward the virtual security doors. We also decided early on to use the Milo Motion Control Unit for precise and repeatable camera moves, as well as build a CGI version of the lobby and composite our actors and animated characters into the scene. We shot HD, but protected for 4:3 for final SD delivery. The opening headquarters exterior was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II, taking advantage of the clear blue skies for creating the After Effects comp of the animated world outside the Tooncast offices. Production timeline: 7 weeks
Tooncast was launched by Cartoon Network Latin America in December 2008. The channel features all of our classic and favorite cartoons.
Writer/Producer/Director - Aaron Weiler
Production Company - Turner Studios (Atlanta)
Animation/VFX - Turner Studios (Atlanta)
Editor/After Effects - Battle Axe (Atlanta)
Recording Engineer - DG Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Audio Design - Slam! Creative (Atlanta)
Daffy Duck - Jeff Bergman
VO Talent - Scott Hilley
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