It's been a pretty fun process so far and I can't wait to get this finished up because I know with her at the director's helm, it has the potential to be a pretty strong piece for my reel. When she presented me the idea I was a bit hesitant at first, but like on a real production, you're not always get something that you would have chosen on your own, so I dug into it. It was a bit of an exploratory phase for a while trying to nail exactly what she was looking for in the performance. I was given some rough storyboards to work from, showed her some roughly timed thumbnails, she'd give me notes. We went back and forth like that a few times. Each time I was trying variations, I'd also be exploring it in different ways, at first just drawings:
Then I animated just the torsos to start feeling out the timing of all the actions and start getting a feel for how one character should move differently from the other:
I went from there and did some draw overs and made another, more solidified pencil test of what I was planning to do:
Then even a hybrid of the two as I started to block out more progress in cg:
But while I was close, I seemed to still be missing the mark on the dance and getting up bit. I think a huge part of it was that I was working mostly from my own drawings without much video reference and that tends to make my work overly choreographed and not as 'real' and spontaneous. I try and counter that by working in a mostly straight ahead fashion, but it still doesn't sit right. So I went back to the drawing table with video reference and now am definitely on track with what the director wants:
[Note, this is just body animation so far, and just my first blocking pass, I have much tying down and polishing to do yet. I also haven't animated the eyes nor any expressions, that's next]
Wish me luck!
PS: the audio clip she chose is from a film called To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar