Hey Guys!

    another test from my time on Kubo - This was my very first animation with the sister puppet.

Again - figure out how she moves - how the armature works and how I am going to be supporting these long chains through complex animations.

 

  https://vimeo.com/198018694

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That's fascinating work. Thanks for sharing. How did you manage the chains in the final film? Also, is the motion blur on the blades generated in software or are you manually animating the ghosting effect?

I did the blurs using transparent plastic with painted gradation on them..... for the final film...

in testing I just used white paper.

The chains were supported using lots of rigging arms that were removed in post.

         justin

Cool. Thanks for sharing.

Would you mind explaining your thoughts while animating this test? Anything you learned or wanted to improve? Your animation is so great.

I just thought I'd share this little story: My daughters watched it for the first time this evening and when the 2nd Sister's mask broke revealing part of her face, my 10 y.o. said "Oh, this is scary....I keep forgetting that it's stop motion!"

They were completely sucked into Kubo's world. Kudos to the entire team!


Adam, as far as thoughts while animating this - I pretty much new that i needed to
test the cape....and chain? so thats a goal.

I knew she had to fly - so i needed to think about style and cool poses while doing actions.

I knew she was a goddess and maybe a bit ghostly - so I needed to include that concept in her timing and action.

I wanted her to attack something using her weapon.

those being the goals....I had a rough idea of attacking the 2 pipes and then just started clicking ahead...

as for improving? ohh yes...everything...ha!! It being a one time test....I want to improve the whole thing....better posing - more flow in the cape and so on.

thanks for the kind words.

Adam Taylor said:

Would you mind explaining your thoughts while animating this test? Anything you learned or wanted to improve? Your animation is so great.


thanks for sharing the story man!! love it.

Dennis Heinzeroth said:

I just thought I'd share this little story: My daughters watched it for the first time this evening and when the 2nd Sister's mask broke revealing part of her face, my 10 y.o. said "Oh, this is scary....I keep forgetting that it's stop motion!"

They were completely sucked into Kubo's world. Kudos to the entire team!

WOW!!! I love how you did the chains! 

So reading the above posts, you removed alot of the rigging for the chain?

I was secretly hoping that you used some sort of miracle wire to animate the chain weapon~

The chains came in many forms during the production of the film.

Some were aluminium -actual links- which would hold shape but often would get kinks.

Some were Silicone with wire armature-

Some were just plastic - RP printed....and needed full rigging to support.

They post fx team removed all the rigging for anything in the film.....Chains- capes- leaves...you name it.

           justin

That's amazing! Thank you for the insight!

justin rasch said:

The chains came in many forms during the production of the film.

Some were aluminium -actual links- which would hold shape but often would get kinks.

Some were Silicone with wire armature-

Some were just plastic - RP printed....and needed full rigging to support.

They post fx team removed all the rigging for anything in the film.....Chains- capes- leaves...you name it.

           justin

Lovely

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