The film was created around the concept of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. It's a holiday that is often misunderstood in American culture. The holiday is about celebrating the lives of lost love ones, instead of mourning them. Which happens to be the message our little Nina needs to learn :)
From preproduction and storyboards to final rendering, the film took a little less than a year and a half to create. We used Autodesk Maya, Pixar's Renderman, Nuke, and Photoshop, mainly.
Our wonderful musical score was created by Corey Wallace, and our great sound effects by Mauricio D'Orey.
We were only able to hire such talented professionals because of the wonderful contributions made to our Kickstarter fund. So thank you everyone who helped!!
I've been pretty busy as of late! I've been working on small freelance projects, and also trying to learn new programs! I also recently decided that I really enjoyed the scripting/TD type work I did at Ringling, and that in order to be able to better peruse that area properly I need a computer science degree! So, I'm going to start working on that!(Not to say that I am not still looking for work; I plan to pursue this degree no matter where my career takes me. Yay for night classes!)
Here are a few things I've worked on recently.
A birthday dillo for Lindsey :D
So, this is an unfinished project I was working on for a local Catholic school/church. The project ended up being scrapped so I never really finished They wanted to see what I had done, for compensation purposes, so I did a quick slap together composite. The flowers and shrubs are paint effects. I modeled everything else, and lit it in Mental Ray(first time using it!)
Ideally, I would have liked to do a lot more work on this. The textures were never finished(Uhg, don't look at that slapped on stone ground!) and also there were still some modeling things to be done and lighting.. and compositing. Haha, I was rushing to finish those benches the night before. I had grand plans of making them more fancy. Oh well, it was good practice!
The project was to create a walkway to the front of the school and have a seating area featuring the old bell that used to hang in the bell tower. So you can see the pic of the bell that I used for reference, and a second pic to match the stone and brick that is in the back of the building.
Art from my collaborative thesis "Dia de los Muertos"!
These top two drawings are more recent and were done for our kickstarter
And look! Pre-Pre-Production work!
These two drawings were done junior year at Ringling when we were first developing the very core of our story! It changed A LOT from these drawings to the final story. (and a good thing too!)
And for fun, here is a still from the film! This is from a shot that gave me a lot of trouble. Rendering it took 10(ish) computers running all 16 of their cores to get it to not crash! God bless the Ringling IT for helping me set that up!
The animation of the shot belongs to Lindsey St. Pierre and the layout was done by Ashley Graham. Lighting, compositing, set dressing and a huge portion of the prop creation and texturing were done by me. The upperworld in our film is sort of my baby. I poured countless all nighters into it to try to get it just right! It was fun and painful all at once! :D
And while we still can't upload the entire film yet because of festival regulations, here is a teaser clip