This is a basic explanation of the process I developed to create the animations for the short documentary "A Valsa Do Pódio" (The Podium Waltz), directed by Daniel Hanai and Bruno Carneiro.
Based on a rough storyboard created together with the directors, and on the voice over recording, the animatic was first created frame by frame digitally, as detailed as possible, then printed on regular white A4 sulphite paper (in yellow ink, the lighter and easier color to extract later in post production). Once out of the printer, they were all pierced for position register.
All frames were then painted with black ink (a very watery acrylic ink painted with watercolor techniques), in a way that the shapes were always incomplete and somewhat ephemeral, mixing solid strokes with spots and blurs. The tricky part was to think and paint with inverted luminance, since all blacks would become whites over a dark background, later in post.
When a batch of about 200 frames was finished, they were positioned using the register holes and photographed, using a reflector that turned the camera flash into a very diffuse ambient light. You can see in the video that we created a very simple and improvised infrastructure for this project, which was an interesting task in itself. The frames were digitally composed, using some color and luminance modifiers and overlapping textures to achieve this color palette and the final look. The whole project took us 3 months, from early March to late May, 2013, and about 1400 paintings to create almost 3 minutes of animation.
I'm very proud of the process and the result, and very grateful for the invitation and the help of my friends. The song I used here is "La Valse De L'amour", by Edith Piaf.
Thanks for watching.
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