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The Cartoon Movie took place on 2nd March in Lyon in France. For the first time Brown Bag Films attended and pitched our first animated feature film, NIGHTGLIDER.

  Nightglider

Nightglider

I will leave it to another blog to give more information on Nightglider but for now,  here’s the pitch: Nightglider is about a squirrel who thinks he’s a superhero after discovering that he can fly....

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Lighting & rendering has become by far the trickiest part of the process so far! The fact we are using Renderman means we are working at a technical level way beyond anything we used in the past.

Hopefully the results will be worth it & here’s a look at some of the renders that we have produced so far:

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  College Green 001

College Green 001

 

 

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College green...
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I thought it would be good to bring you up to date with how the looks of the ‘23 Degrees..’ characters are going.

We had signed off on the Professor Orit model, which is the grey scale model below:

  signed off Professor Orit model

signed off Professor Orit model

So the lads started doing some initial hair tests. Hair is a really tricky thing to get right & as you can see from some of these early tests (on a...

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Just realised I hadn’t posted any production blogs on ‘23 Degrees…’ in a while, but it’s coming along and we are aiming for an April finish.

Here are a few presentation pieces that we had to prepare recently. I thought they looked so nice, sure I’d fire them up here for anyone to have a look at!

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Trinity

 

Lecture hall

Lecture hall_01

Lecture hall pipeline

Character shading Facioal rigging

 

Textures by Stephen O’Connor, Shaders by Ezequiel...

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Here’s an update with some renders from Ezequiel Mastrasso. We decided to use Renderman to render the film & it’s not easy…

Eze used the keys set up by Stephen Robinson as reference for the shots & got stuck in.

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Orits study

Here’s a few pics showing the progression of lighting as we went along.

 

  1st lighting pass of study

1st lighting pass of study

 

  2nd lighting pass of study

2nd lighting pass of study

 

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3rd...
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We have been animating away on ‘23 Degrees 5 Minutes’, so I thought it would be nice to share some of the work as it is coming together.

All of the work below is still work in progress, but if I had to wait for shots to finish before showing anything you would be waiting a long time…

Here’s a movie showing how we progress from storyboard to rough animation to final animation. The music...

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Stephen Robinson, Art Director on 23 Degrees 5 Minutes, worked on the colour script for the film. This basically gives a breakdown of how colour will work in the film and helps us to plan how to tell the story emotionally. It’s a huge help to the lighters & texture artists.

I can’t show it all here as it will give away too much of the story, but I think Stephen has done a great job. Hope...

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We finally have our first model ready for texturing. These are the 2D designs that we signed off on:

Brown Bag Films_ character designs

Then Siobhan finished up the greyscale model based on these designs:

23D_C_Babbage-Young_02

23D_C_Babbage-Young_01

23D_C_Babbage-Young_03

Then we thought about the textures for the characters. I liked the idea that the character should have distinctly ‘Irish’ skin so Colm volunteered to be model for the day. Here’s a few shots that we used as reference:

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A press release from the BBC has just announced that it will begin airing the Octonauts on the 4th of October!

  Kwazzi, Barnacles & Peso

Kwazzi, Barnacles & Peso

We’re also delighted that it will be airing on the free to air BBC HD channel so the full richness of the show will be available for anyone who has access to BBC HD ( & a HD TV of course…)

There’s also an interview with exec producer from Chorion,...

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Finally viewers in Ireland will have a chance to see OLIVIA... & brush up on their Irish language at the same time!

OLIVIA is now showing on TG4 at 8:50am weekday mornings so keep your eyes peeled for it!

Here’s the blurb from TG4’s website:

Ár gclár nua “OLIVIA”
Tá Olivia cosúil le cailín óg ar bith; níl uaithi ach a bheith foirfe agus cáiliúil ag gach aon rud a mbaineann sí...

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