Character studies & character sheets are key to any animated production and specially for a frame by frame developed short film. Below are some sketches, key poses and turnarounds of the Blue Dog main cast.
We always try to share some of the behind the scenes, how these shots were made from the rough pencil tests to the later clean up and final look.
The dog sniffing the lens and making them foggy was definitely a challenge but it came out amazing! All made frame by frame in Photoshop.
These are some of our favorite scenes: the skater shot has so much dynamism mixed with some simple, manga-inspired kinetics and well,
And this shot below is the only one we approached differently and roughly sketched the camera movement and overall action in 3D first, aiming to get the timings right to then move into the initial, rough pencil animation.You can see the main 3 process stages in the edit below.
We just couldn’t resist to add our little contribution to the endless Akira bike-slides homages, from The Simpsons, Adventure Time, Batman and Ninja Turtles…now also Blue Dog.
After laying down the ideas on a storyboard the second phase before working on the final style frames we sketched every layout and camera angle for all the scenes, this gives us a complete and integral understanding of the film structure and we can steadily work from here.
This animatic is just pure gold, it makes us laugh every time we watch it and it also surprises us how similar to the actual final film it is.