Animatic with Dialogue!

I had my sound recording session this evening, and it was a great success, if I do say so myself! Eric was great to work with. The editing took a while, but it was definitely a fun process to go back and listen to all the takes.

So, here is my animatic with dialogue (and a bit of rough animation)! Eric did all the male voices. My sound engineer (I think that's the proper title, but I could be wrong!), Bethany Sparks, has a cameo, and so do I (though I am not happy at all with my own performance).

Disregard any subtitles that are there. Some of the text does not match the spoken dialogue.

Animatic with Dialogue from Lauren Blakely on Vimeo.

Feedback is most appreciated!


Rough Animation

I finally have some rough animation scenes that I thought were decent enough to share with the public. This isn't the only animation I've done, but these are probably the best two scenes I've done so far. I realize there are still a lot of things to be fixed, but I think they're both at good starting points.

I think the second hand flopping down turned better, probably because I did that one second and learned from the first one. The crawl could be worked on too, I'm not sure what I can do to make it better aside from more in-betweens.

I didn't want to deal with the clothes and hair on this yet. I think the first step of this is the best. Also, I know the kid's body gets bigger. I should have done a better job of making sure he was slumping the whole time, but at least I got the action down.

That's all for now. I will definitely have more in the next few weeks!


Voice actor!

Exciting news! I have voice actor, Eric Bauza! (hi, Eric, if you're reading this!)
I'm going to embarrass him and say you should all check out his profile and listen to his reel, he's amazing:

I'm aiming to record sometime within the next couple of weeks, before the Thesis Review. By then, I will be sure to post my animatic with added dialogue.

Until that happens, I may not have as many updates, as I am beginning to do actual animation instead of backgrounds. I suppose I could post my pencil tests, but I don't think my rough tests are ready to be shared with the entire internet quite yet.

That is all!


Backgrounds, yet again

This week I have even more backgrounds! There sure are a lot in my film but I'll be glad to get them out of the way. Hot diggity!

A shot of the finish line at the beginning of the film

A stormy sky for the thunder god. I am not sure how I am going to animate the scene to reach this, but this is the look I eventually want. I've left out the rain for now, I think that will have to animated on top of everything.

A sky that will be used for a background of the wind goddess. Come to think of it, windy days aren't always cloudy. I might not even need to change the color of the sky for wind, but I think I will use it so it contrasts with the normal sky color.

A beautifully blinding sunny sky!

And just as a treat, I thought I'd share a lost panel:

I was going through my storyboard panels and forgot I had this one. I changed the plot a little, and with it the location changed, so this became obsolete. It's too bad, I thought that panel was rather cute.