After a long production fraught with error and comfort chocolate, the short is finally done!

Little Orson Welles is being rather uncooperative in these "outtakes" from a commercial shoot. A tribute, if you will, to the notorious "Yes, Always" tape:

F FOR FORMULA from Santino Vitale on Vimeo.

The puppet was foam latex with a wire armature, and wire facial movement. All of the VFX were done in After Effects, and the animation was Dragonframe.

Little Orson was a beast to animate, and due to an unstable electrical source, his flicker problems almost ruined the entire thing. But I managed to reduce his flashing with manual adjustment in post, as well as some help from "Flicker Free" by Digital Anarchy -- I found a couple of their presets to be a good jumping-off point and was able to dial things in a bit further. To my eye, however, the flicker is still present -- though, it's more of a glowing/pulsing issue as opposed to the giant lightning bolts that he had before.

Thanks for watching, Merry Christmas! 

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That was a great Christmas present! Excellent chatacterisation and lipsynch animation. I can see further possibilities in this vein, with baby versions of other well known people.

Thanks Nick 

Merry Christmas.

That was excellent!! I didn't notice the slight strobing even after you mentioned it - since it's supposed to look like an old black and white film clip that fits right in (or maybe that's why you added the old film effects, to help cover it?) I wasn't familiar with the 'yes always' clip, but googled it and had a good laugh. The funny thing about it is, you can see it both ways - Orson as an entitled whining baby, or the producers as micro-managing douches who hired a talented speaker and then refused to let him use the skills and intuition that made him great to begin with. You did an amazing job capturing his likeness in exaggerated baby form, and I really love some of the expressions you were able to get out of it. The voice actor also did an amazing job - did you hire somebody for that, or was it an existing sound byte?

Very well done! I agree with Strider - the strobing isn't obvious. And even so, it plays into the old B&W film aesthetic anyway. Congrats!

Very funny Baby Orson short. I liked the breathing animation.

Thanks guys! 

Strider: The film effects were a 'two-birds-with-one-stone' kind of thing -- both to cover mistakes and to add to the film look. As for the voice, I'm very happy that you found it convincing, because that was me. I was most worried about that element in particular, since I had to really research and focus to get a descent Orson impression. 

Hahaha wow!! After making my last post I realized that was an option I forgot to mention, but I was all like naahh - no way Santino did all that!! You should give yourself voice acting credit! People are going to be curious about who did it.

Ha ha, well… I would've but I get tired of seeing my name over and over.  I've often thought of using an alias.

Yeah, you don't want to do a Marv Newland  - you could just change it to Directed, Animated and Voice Acting by..  


Ha ha, well… I would've but I get tired of seeing my name over and over.  I've often thought of using an alias.


Well, if you ever decide you don't like your film, you can change your film credit to "Alan Smithee". ;)


Nice film by the way, I liked the voice characterization and everything but how disgustingly talented you are. :P

Don Carlson said:


Ha ha, well… I would've but I get tired of seeing my name over and over.  I've often thought of using an alias.


Well, if you ever decide you don't like your film, you can change your film credit to "Alan Smithee". ;)

Thanks man . I can never hear "Alan Smithee" without thinking of this one Jimmy Neutron episode where they named a character Quentin Smithee (he looked just like Tarantino). But I digress...


Don Carlson said:


Nice film by the way, I liked the voice characterization and everything but how disgustingly talented you are. :P

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