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Palm Springs International ShortFest: Show Opener

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Palm Springs was created using primarily traditional animation drawn directly into Photoshop with Wacom Cintiq tablets. This is the show opener for the festival, that will run Tuesday June 22nd through Monday June 28th. The idea was to achieve the aesthetic of classical animation but to do it in a completely paperless fashion.   The creative workflow was near identical to that of traditional analog animation - starting with rough layouts buried in construction lines, and gradually working toward more finished scenes through a layering process of drawing.   In several scenes, assistants in-betweened and touched up the drawings of key animators, and finished animation was passed on to the colorists who painted each frame of animation with the dry-brush styling.

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3D animation was employed for a handful of inorganic subjects, such as the vehicles in the car chase, the ceiling fan in the office, and the movie projector.  The modeling, animation, and rendering was all done in Maya.  Mental Ray's contour shader was employed to achieve the outlines on the objects, and the models were built very specifically to accommodate the line work to match the drawn designs.  Hard shadow render passes, animated texture overlays, and a great deal of rotoscoped hand-drawn effects were composited onto the 3D elements to mesh them within the hand-drawn world as much as possible.

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Compositing was all done in After Effects, where additional treatments were placed over the drawn elements to achieve a more analog aesthetic.  Subtle texture overlays, diffusion filters, and in many cases film grain and noise were added to conform the elements.

Palm Springs
International ShortFest 2010 credits

Director / Lead Animator: Andrew Chesworth

Producer: Danny Robashkin

Animators: Justin Weber, Aaron Quist, Alec Mueller, Ben Bury, Jordan Hill, Niklas Norman

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