Friday, December 10, 2010

The first shot Background.

If you think this is legit you should see it with effects.

Yeah. I said that. :o

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Background to the Backgrounds

Essetially I built a rough of each background in MAYA for everything in the film that takes place before they go through the portal. Then in photoshop I paint it as if it was a normal background. Then I add the lighting. It's adding a very cool sense of depth I feel. I really like how these are coming. There are a lot more coming soon!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Panther Who is Good At Expressing Himself

I have one for the Tiger too, but it's drawn on paper, so I have to scan it when I get home to my scanner. Then I'll color it in the Lab tomorrow. Other than that, Tomorrow is a day for backgrounds, lighting sheets, doing more CG layouts (Explanation for that coming soon), and making a few important calls.

Also - I would like to meet with Tom Sito and fix some of my layouts for the exorcism action scenes.

Some turnarounds among other things

I realize the Panther's hands are a little weird. But here are some turnarounds, a size comparison for our 3 'main character's' and a lil bit of prop design.

Tomorrow what I would like to accomplish besides completing a plethora of backgrounds, would be 'expression sheets' for Panther and Tiger, and lighting/color charts of using one pose from the model sheet of each and lighting it as I feel they would be lit in each different location and setting, so we can get a good idea of the color feels. There is 'outside', 'exorcism room', 'lab', and 'other universe/dimension. So expect 4 lighting styles for each character. Just idea's though, in final composite it's bound to change a little.

Like they did for Princess and the Frog, I am going to flat shade all characters with the same colors, and then hue/saturation/light/shading/glow adjust them in After Effects for each different locale. Should make transitions easier too.

Then I need to re-cut my animatic, making the few changes that I have made and incorporating MARK DONICA's brilliant dialogue as the father. Then it's really just backgrounds and animation from here on out. At least.... I hope.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


If the whole film looks like this or better I will be a very, very, happy person.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Family Portraits

So over the past few days I have been knocking out backgrounds like crazy. I've figured out a new method that I will explain more in the next post which will be much much larger and feature a lot of cool new work and process's.

In the meantime, the Tiger's fathers desk requires some family photos and such. I did four of them, to put on his desk, to establish a past and a world a bit. They will hardly be seen, but I'm still proud of them. Here they are.

Now stop reading this and get your bum to the theater to see Tangled, which is fantastic and opened yesterday. If you've seen it already - go see it again. How's that sound?

As to the animatic - I've cut the scene where the Panther inhales the castle - so now they just find the Dad tied up, sitting on the cliff, and I've changed the ending because in pre-screenings, people didn't understand the importance of the ring. You'll see all those changes reflected soon. Also, some staging and other random stuff has changed too. All will be made clear soon!

Huge post about backgrounds, shots, and world design to follow soon. This is all super exciting- look forward to it! :D

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A very serious post.

Let's start this post off right.

Good. Now that all that nonsense is out of the way, let me present you with something.


"The Tiger" (New Animatic) from Ezra Edmond on Vimeo.

I've been meeting with Mistah Tom Sito a lot this week and we've been going over my shots and refining them, making them more dynamic. I think most of it is at a place that I like now. There's a lot of shots that are just pan's or stills, no animation involved, which is good, and then a lot of shots that have lots of animation. SO this will be a task, but I'm ever so excited.

I started using MAYA to help me layout my shots and it is really making them much more dynamic. Essentially, I place 3 cylinders where the characters would be if the shot was in actual 3d space, then i move the 3d camera around until I find a good composition, then I draw that in my boards. It really really has made them SO much more dynamic, as I don't tend to think in 3d space. I will do this for everything in the future with out a doubt.

Also I just realized that my story is very very very influenced by 'The Phantom Tollbooth', and 'A Wrinkle in Time', which were two of my favorite books growing up. The Lab, swallowing of the fortress (like moving the atoms) and father rescue are all resonant of 'A Wrinkle in Time' and the portal (tollbooth), mountainous adventure for a rescue (the rescue of Rhyme and Reason), and being chased down a mountain by a group of monsters after completing said rescue is all very much straight out of 'The Phantom Tollbooth". One of my favorite things is to figure out what has inspired a piece that I am doing, so it's very interesting to me to be so sub-consciously influenced by these two books for the film. "Phantom Tollbooth usually influences most epic fantasies I do, but "Wrinkle" doesn't show up as much. I suppose that was a little tangent, but I just find that all super interesting. At least I know where all my wordplay comes from now. If you read the book I wrote that this film is based on "Ezra the Tiger", you'll see 'Phantom-esque' wordplay at its most extreme,

Anyway..... Hardest part about this week - finishing animatic. Best part about this week, finishing animatic. I guess that's really it for now. Now just on to finishing animation and getting those 2 lines recorded for the Father.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rember, Rember, It's F'nally November

So I've been watching "The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride" lately. "Why?" The 1 devoted reader asks. Well, because, the animation isn't that great and it sets me a slight goal to shoot for, since it has less of an "OMG HOW WAS THSI MADE!?!??!" that the Lion King (1) offers. Secondly because I like the music. Third, all my animals are cats, so it is kind of giving me ways to go about doing things. and Fourth(ly)because THIS SONG IS LEGIT.

Poor Kovu. He's a lil lion yet he has to grow up to kill Simba, even though he doesn't want to.

But I digress.

Besides watching TLK2:SP - I FIXED MY CINTIQ so I am BACK. ON. TRACK.

Boy, what a pain in the @$$ process that was. I've told the story many times so what it essentially boiled down to was I bought an S-video cable - and a USB cable - then I snipped the head off the S-video and the USB and I soldered the two together matching the wires by colors. Then I wrapped in in electrical tape, prayed - then turned it on.

It worked perfectly.

Now if only I didn't also blow 100$+ bucks on crap that didn't work in this process.

**NOTE** If anyone stumbles on this blog looking for info on how to make this S-Video to USB cable for a CINTIQ 15x email me @ and I will be happy to go into full detail so you can get you cintiq up n running again**

So then I threw out the previous stuff I had animated - the roughs that I never posted because they were awful, and after watching them again - I realized they were still awful. But I've been animating like a BEAST lately. Animating and coloring and I'm about 6 shots deep already - animated and colored - with just shading and Bg's left to go.

I'll post them soon.

I've begun working on an animatic (yay, right?) So when that's done I'll post the animatic with the completed animation cut in already.

I still need to find someone to provide the 2 lines that the Father says - but that's not a HUGE PRESSING ISSUE right now. Other than that all is well. Next update will contain a lot more.

Come on Tiana - we're ALMOST THERE. (I will overuse this link- so be prepared)

Monday, October 18, 2010

You're TEARING me APART, Lisa!

This week makes me feel like:



Like this.

But mostly.

Like this.

Well, the week began with a wondrous start. I recorded Mr. Rocky Collins and Mr. Wilder Shaw (Shan't link to them again. I've linked to them enough in past posts). The recording went swimmingly. I've got Wilder in two roles and it's impossible to tell - and on top of that, Rocky gave his own wild performance that I can't WAIT to animate to, because it's just so damn quirky.

"What?" You, the loyal and consistent reader of this blog says, "I thought you were handsome and ready to go in every way!"

And the answer is. I WAS. (Well, I'm still handsome). But, after all the recording I hurried up to my cubicle to begin work. And I did this. It took a few hours but I love it.

Ps. The sync is a lil' off, but that has since been fixed.

"Is it gone? For good?" Roughs from Ezra Edmond on Vimeo.

So. I love that. And I wanted to do more and more. BUT MY CINTIQ CABLE BROKE. UGH. AND IT HAS BEEN UDDER HELL TRYING TO GET A NEW "S-video to USB" or a "Mini din 8 to USB". Like. Bloody. Impossible.

SO. I ordered an S-Video cable off amazon and adapter. Should have arrived already, but Amazon lost it. So, they are sending it again. Hopefully it gets here. Then I ordered an 8 pin Din and USB adapter off some other site. But that still hasn't arrived. I went to 3 electronic stores, including FRYS (Which has never been helpful in my experience), and this is just plain frustrating now. I have more to rant about, but hopefully in the next 2 days I will have my Cintiq working again, and nothing to complain about - at least for a while.

So in the meantime, I've been working out shots, and editing all of my audio. That is going well. Just wish I could have been animating all this week instead of watching time drip through my hands like those artificial hands dripped through Edward Scissorhands blades.

I'll post the sound cut / with some animation n such for y'all soon.

I feel like I'm the little kid here and this counter is the thesis which I am attempting to work on. It is difficult to reach when these guys keep getting in my way.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Maquettes and Other Things That Amuse

Hey Everyone,

So this week I was focusing on building a maquette of the Panther head (See below) because he is a little bit of a pain-in-da-bum to draw. I'm actually quite happy how the maquette turned out. Except for the fact that he is slightly off model, and looks a lil like Joe Camel - he will be very helpful for me to reference. I hadn't built anything out of clay in a while, but now I'm almost tempted to do one of the Tiger too, just because he was so much fun to make.

Now on top of that. This week I retyped the script, because the copy I was working with got way too out of hand with improper formatting and well... all my storyboards in the margins.


Now, while I will keep boarding on the printed one, the rewritten one will be much better for my own reference, as well as the references of the actor that I am recording on Saturday. Which is to break the news to y'all that Wilder Shaw (Who is also doing my score as of now), will be providing the voice of THE TIGER and THE OLD MAN. We will be recording on Saturday, and then you will be able to hear the lines applied to the new animatic that will be up and running properly soon (I apologize for not having one already).

Also, I've begun doing PRINCIPAL ANIMATION. Mainly rough key-frames. I think I'll go through the whole film in roughs and then tween it all, and then clean it all up/color - and as soon as the school gets the GenArts Sapphire plugins working for After Effects, I will be doing shading and all other sorts of lovely touches like that.

I'll post roughs eventually. As soon as I have a sequence roughed out and it's something worth all your time in watching.

As far as difficulties go, I am still trying to kick the MineCraft addiction, and other school work, as well as editing Single (My feature live-action film). Those things are just occupying my time - and all of them have business being there, that is except for the Minecraft chore. That game has got to go.

I also met with Tom Sito this week to touch up a part in my story that wasn't anywhere near as dramatic as it should be. Changes have been made.

So now. Finally. For your reading pleasure, I present the new and improved script for 'THE TIGER'.

Enjoy. (Download Link - Too much text to include in this post)


Now, Enjoy something completely different and still totally wonderful.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Color Script

Though you have not yet read the real script... why not just stare at it for a while?


See if you can figure it out!


Hello folks it is Tuesday.

Sorry this post is a little late. This week, I worked on Panther expressions which was neither easy nor hard, and then got pretty much distracted the rest of the weekend. A wasted weekend is a terrible thing to have.

I'm trying to work on some backgrounds or concept are right now - which should be up tonight. At least a color script and some concept at will be up soon.

Then I am working on final animation as well as boarding out unfinished scenes and working here n there on the animatic. You should be seeing some cool stuff on here in the next couple of hours - especially since the WACOM tablet is now calibrated to work on this computer I can get some stuff done, and give the cintiq a lil rest.

THE HARDEST THING NOW is not to get distracted. I downloaded this video game the other day. Minecraft And I haven't been able to stop playing. which is not good news. I MUST PUT THIS GAME DOWN MORE OFTEN SO THAT I CAN work. Otherwise - there will be big problems in the future of thesis production.

But this world is perfect. and in a perfect world, everything gets done perfectly - on time - and is met with thunderous applause and jobs handed out like candy corn after Halloween.

perfect world, right?


Just ask Tom Jones.

Nah, I'll have some art for y'all to feed your eyes on later.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MORE CHARACTERS (have been designed)....

Alright. Without further ado, here is the rest of the characters in the film! Like before these are the character's heads/faces with the exception of "The Beasts" (1&2), which are full body right here. The Nurse has just one expression 'cause she is literally there only for a shot (and an establishing one). As to "The Beasts", they all run in a pack and will be surrounded by dust and other particles (see previous post). They are also transparent, spectral like creatures, and the tail on the 4-legged one, as well as the 'hair'/ 'tail' on the bird, will be represented with green fire - not shoddy line work. the water around the sharks fin might also be done with particles. Whichever is easier when the time comes to it.


Partial Particles!

Well, I got my Particle effects software up n running. Meaning I don't have to animate EVERY DARN cloud of dust in this film, which really is a miracle, as there is a lot.

Well. That's all for now.

No picz.

Sorry, sports.

A car that drives and a snake that ... runs?

So, surprise! There is another shot of the car driving! I love moving camera shots so essentially this shot is the same 3D Maya car model, rendered with a 'Toon Shader', and the entire world around it was constructed after in After Effects. I used all of the same assets that I had made in Photoshop for the previous shot, with the inclusion of the yellow road lines now.

It was extremely difficult to transition from an above 2D, to a 3D driving shot, especially making the rain and snow particles transition in a pseudo 3D environment. It would likely have been easier to do the whole shot in Maya, but the car model is broken, so it can't actually move. Every shot of it moving, is actually a camera moving around a still model, making it 'look' like it is actually going somewhere. I am very happy how it turned out -even though it is still in progress - I need to do a few touch ups here and there, when I've got time (small things to be dealt with after the bulk of the rest of the film is animated n finished). However, I think I'm finally done with this bloody 3D car model. It's really been a pain in the bum, and now I can start moving on to 2D character animation and effects.

Panning Over the Car from Ezra Edmond on Vimeo.

(P.s. In the final film, after the camera zooms into the car, it will fade into the next scene, right now, the continued animation after the camera passes through the car window is just material waiting to be cut).


Here's a gif. As with the other, right click --> save as and then drag it into your browser or ... gif player (do those exist) to play it properly. I guess this is technically the first piece of finished character animation. It's a snake, as part of the group of ghostly animals that chase Tiger and Panther towards the climax of the film. In the next coming days, you will see the other spectral animals, as well as final rendered shots of them.

(P.s. The red lines around the snake are just construction lines that will not be present in the final shots. Ignore them.)

As far as I'm concerned that's enough to update you all with now, but I am trying to work a few more CG influenced shots into the ending to really kick the climax up to the next level. There will DEFINITELY be one or two epic camera moves that just need to be figured out plausibly. Can't live just on Pan's and Zoom's alone, right?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Tiger POSTER (Kind of)

So here is a Poster/ Character sheet thingy. The Panthers chest is not a buffed n bulky as it's sposed to be, otherwise everyone is pretty accurate. I've been drawing the characters n moving them around a lot. So this is who you will see fighting ghosts and other spectral apparitions soon!

The Tiger - COLOR

No voice has been cast yet, but here he is fully colored!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Well maybe not.... "ever"

But the first role in this film has been cast.

Laddies and Lassies meet the voice of "The Panther"...


So now... I present.... THE PANTHER

Sunday, September 12, 2010


And well suited, it's the opening shot.

Opening Shot - The Tiger from Ezra Edmond on Vimeo.


It' Maya and After Effects.... with a hint of Photoshop.

I guess anyone can cook.

Friday, September 3, 2010

An Update (of sorts)

I know I already updated once this week, but let me give a lil follow up to address the following questions. Ain't no rule about updating twice in a week.

1. What was the most difficult part of your production process this week? You cannot say “nothing”. If you feel it’s been an exceptionally easy week, dig deeper and think about one thing you could improve upon.

Most difficult part of my production process this week was working on the run cycle I did (see below) and coming up with more general 'look' development that will be posted soon. I am shifting the color pallet from brown and red/orange to Purple and Green - akin to "Friends on the Other Side" from The Princess and the Frog.



2. What was the most interesting, fun or successful part of your production process this week? Did you stumble upon a time saving technique? Did you finally master that walk cycle? Did you accomplish something you are especially pleased with?

I am rather proud of the run cycle I did this week (see below again), though I was given some good notes on how to improve it. And I am proud of my character redesigns that I've been working on. I also modeled the Car in Maya, and toon shaded it which looks pretty darn 'the part' as well. I'll post up some pic-a-tures soon.

Anyways... that is all. At ease readers.

The best part of waking up is Nick Frost in your cup! :D

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Challenger Approaches!!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Here is the new character. THE PANTHER.

He's a tough type, knows his stuff and is past his prime. (Essentially that kid moose character but all grown up now and not a moose anymore at all).

Here is some test animation of him running. I like how it came out, though I'll obviously have to work on my consistencies a bit. Timing wise, thus far I can dig it.

(You may have to click on it to play it, if not save the image and open it in a new window in your web browser.)

Surely more tomorrow. Till then.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Working Working Working.

New work space. USC SCB Cubicle. Lovely. Feel like its my own studio.

Eric Stirpe in fact has taken to calling it the studio.

I shall do that too.

I am in the studio.

Writing and doing character designs as we speak.

I even have a lil mirror so I can look at my own expressions and replicate them... much like a young an alive Ward Kimball.

Soon there will be visual updates. Hopefully later today.

No. No hopefullys.

Later today.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An Obnoxious Update.


My computer was crashed and my hard drive was lost. THANK GOD I POST ALL THE WORK ON THIS BLOG.

But, The backgrounds now need to be re-formatted into PSDs with layers and I need to install drivers to get the cintiq working again.


However - I do need to learn to do backups more frequently.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Bar (Rough Above Layout)

Hey All,

So Today I realized everything just had too much of a 'square look' so I spent a few hours re-designing the bar, so that It would be more interesting and organic to look at. Obviously, this is not a real background to be used, and when it is done for real, there will be patrons and items filling it up as well. It will probably be a little longer too to allow the dragon to enter. But as to a look right now, this is kind of the idea.

Yes, in the right is a Pig on a spit.


Monday, July 5, 2010

More of the Lab

Here's one I've been working on for a few days now....

(Probably will get a few more touch-ups in "post")

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Backgrounds The Lab Part 4

Destruction begins.

Yes, the lab could probably use a little more clutter or something. That will likely be added later, when I think a little more about props n such. I already see that I need to include the shelf that he keeps the lightning sword on, so perhaps that, some more, shelves, n a few boxes would be good....

I should probably also include the soda cans... n trash n such....

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Backgrounds The Lab Part 3

Here is the entire Lab now, MINUS one super wide shot that I am still working on...

There is also one intense shot, of when action begins to go down and it gets darker and more moody. Hopefully in a day or two you'll be seeing the Lab in Action too... Then I'm going to work on something else, like the monster book or something... as to not burn out on there too quick and get work done fast...

Also, I'll obviously have to add that Timer into other shots....


Backgrounds The Lab Part 2

Here is some more of the Lab on the inside, before the chaos goes down! You'll see a few more later today as well, I just want to update them as I finish to show off these things. :D

Friday, June 25, 2010

Backgrounds The Lab Part 1

Hey Yo,

Here is the first interior background! This is the Lab back when the Tiger is a lil' baby, before everything gets destroyed. I'm not sure I'm happy bout the circuit board machinery, so that might change. I really like the rest though...

Backgrounds Exteriors Pt 1

Hey Hey Hey,

So here are a few of my backgrounds in progress. These first few are exteriors. NOW, It is very important to realize that all the exterior backgrounds will have heavy snow, wind, and rain effects going on in the finals shots (When I do some tests you'll see some more pics displaying that. So they will be darker, and more will be going on. SECONDLY, with these shots being composited in After Effects, I will be animating the clouds and such to move along screen, so never mind where they are now, for they will be more nicely laid out in "post".


(This one's got a bit of a lightning flash going on)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Tiger Animatic

The Tiger Animatic from Ezra Edmond

Ignore the hideous scratch voices please. They will be not used in the final product.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Character Art!

Here I am again, running through the characters. This time I've been working on expressions as well as opening up the dragons mouth (which was a lot harder to figure out than one might think).

However I think it's all going pretty well so far! I want to make a lil' logo for the blog soon too.....

An animatic will be up soon (as well as all the boards I've been drawing), as well as body drawings ( I know I know, I've really only been focusing on the heads so far)!!

The Dragon.....

Tiger and his Pa!