The whole animation has been blocked out (very roughly), which means now I'm officially going to start animating the final film using the pre-vis as a starting point; refining the animation until I can refine it no longer, over the next three weeks.
Doing the pre-vis has had it's benefits. So for example, I can see what scenes are going to need the most attention, having already experienced certain difficulties in pre-vis, while some of the smaller shots are looking 80% finished already, so I know better where to spend my time over the coming weeks.
There is just one scene which I will probably re-animate from scratch though. I call it the 'recovery' scene, and it is the scene straight after the monk falls into the sock pile (represented by a cone.)
The reason for this is because the monk is sitting on the floor, and he just happens to find next to him a collar with a label (of which you don't really notice or see properly until the close up shot showing it in his hand).
Go back a few months and a certain character named Arthur Winters fell on the floor and in the exact same place he finds his pencil next to him.
Go back another year, and a certain bear character with no name, is sitting on a mattress, and just happens to find a chocolate flake next to him… in the same place!
So basically, I want to slightly alter the way the monk finds the collar with the label!
So the next set of tasks are animating (and any dynamics that go with it), a bit of textureing, and refining the intro sequence.
A Flock of Pixels