Sunday, 19 August 2012

Walk the line

I was trying to find a procedural way of adding some shading and bleeding to my animation line, to give the impression of ink that has sat on the paper for ages. Even though, at the time of the film, the maps would have been brand new. I guess it's for the same reason that all medieval films have castles in them that look ancient and ruined, though they would have been new back then. Here are some mockups illustrating the various stages to make fill, line and shadow-matte into the final image...


For some bizarre reason this film ended up containing 3 items that I am particularly fond of. Mr Darwin, the Dodo and Zeppelins. I happen to have a 3 foot model of the Hindenburg in my living room, held up by strings rather than hydrogen in order to avoid mishaps... Here is an early attempt to make a flight cycle in Flash. I was trying to get it to look fake 3D, I think it worked...

Zeppelin from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.

Thursday, 2 August 2012


While working out of my friend "Uli's" studio in Camden, I kept sending "linetests to the aardmanners, to keep them updated. Here are 2 of them, "Windrose" and "Poseidon".

PoseidonLinetest1 from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.

Windrose linetest from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.