CHARACTER & LIGHT TD
PIGS CAN’T FLY… or can they?
Agency : Director : Production:
So as soon as the gig got confirmed, I restored the Acquarius project, got them wings out and started wiping around the model proportions.
The main concept was to get 2 different models, a pig and stork wings to work together nicely.
Rigging the body wasnt the main challenge for me here, so I skipped that and once I got an ok on the whole model, I started working on a reusable flapping cycle, which was also a bit of the animation I had working for the stork. Angles and weight impression had to be tweaked of course.
Bellow is an example of the flapping cycle I started with, before moving onto the body.
Once I had the body rigged, I finished the animation cycle. At this stage, we were waiting for the plates to come from the shooting. After a couple of first passes on editing for both 10 and 20” versions.
I had only one environment to solve on this project. So setting up the light workflow was straight forward.
We kept the solid approach towards matching lights. So the old styrofoam ball for white reference. And since we had the pig on set as well, some shots where used to match the skin tone, and variations thru out the edit.
On this project, only a couple of shots had to be matchedmoved. And, as history repeats itself, they were simple enough to do it by hand.
The easiest shot was the one where you see the character from a bird view. As if the camera was in the ceiling. The camera was dollying gently forward.
On the wip to the right, you see a wireframe of the character, where the wing has the main feathers visible only. The issue to solve there was rocking the character to/fro and checking that with the edit to see if the cut would work.
The following shot had the camera fixed, so the wings had to be tracked onto the real pig back, and a digital zoom was added on the final stage. The animation needed to be fast, and convey something funny/clumsy.
The following wireframes show the polygon density on the wings. The viewport weight wasnt too bad with both wings on full display, although the animation work had to be done with all secondary feathers hidden.
Those wips where taken before conforming the smaller feathers to the main wing curvature.