Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Meet "Moon Rockz"

"Moon Rockz" is a short film made at Escape Studios, written and directed by Molly Babington, who is studying for her MA in Storyboarding and Previsualisation.

"Moon Rockz" is a unique film project at Escape Studios in that this was a collaboration between students on our master's degree in Storyboarding & Previsualisation and undergraduate students studying the Art of Computer Animation.

The film is a short story about the moon landings - as told from the Moon's point of view. It's a charming and funny film, in which students at Escape Studios successfully worked together across different departments to pull off a stylish result.

"Moon Rockz" is currently being entered into film festivals, and we wish it every success.

Moon Rockz Storyboard
Moon Rockz was based on an original idea by Molly Babington, who also did the storyboard animatic.  The animatic was pitched to the second year animation students as one of a number of projects at Escape Studios which could be taken forward into production.

Moon Rockz - Final Film
Below you can see the final film, and how it developed from the storyboards above.

Colour Script
"Moon Rockz" Colour Scripts
Colour scripts were also created by Molly for "Moon Rockz". The colour scripts were an essential first step in deciding the look and feel of the film, and what the textures and final lighting would look like.

Without colour scripts, the lighters would have lacked a coherent road map of where they needed to get to. To see more about the importance of colour scripts in animation, read this blog post.

Industry Feedback
Santiago Colomo
"Moon Rockz" also benefitted from studio feedback from DNEG animation supervisor Santi Colomo and Dara McGarry, Artist Manager at Double Negative.  Santiago and Dara joined us online via Google Meet and Syncsketch to offer feedback.

Santi helped the animation team push the standard of their work, helping them to make their shots more expressive, and better communicate what the characters are thinking and feeling.

Santi gave the Moon Rockz team the time to go through all the shots on the film, drawing expressive poses in Syncsketch and making sure that every shot was as good as it could possibly be.  All our animators got notes, and all of them were able to push their shots a little bit further before the final May 29th deadline.

Industry feedback
Still image from "Moon Rockz"
Industry feedback forms one of the five pillars of "The Escape Method"; important because it helps to keep us grounded in the real world of the animation industry.

"Moon Rockz" was animated in Autodesk Maya, edited in Adobe Premiere, and rendered in Arnold.

IMDB Listing
You can find "Moon Rockz" at the IMDB here.

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2020, follow this link.   To apply, visit the official page here

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