Archive for October, 2008

A Touch of Halloween

As it’s Halloween today we thought we’d post a piece of animation from The Cat Piano that had that a bit of a haunting Halloween flavour. This shot (uncoloured at the moment) of three young Von-Trapp-esque singing kittens being snatched by the shadowy kidnapper via a gramophone, was animated by Makoto. It’s been quite an epic shot to finish, with it’s different elements and characters, even though it is a short shot. I can’t wait to see what the sound and music add to it’s humour.

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It’s Alive

The animation of The Cat Piano is being steadily created by our 2d animation team here at The PRA. It is really amazng to see a film slowly coming alive by the day. We thought we’d put up an example of a cleaned up, but uncoloured shot from the film. It gives you a sense of what the animation style will be. This shot, of a folk-singing cat atop a city rooftop was animated by Ari. We have also chosen to make the film in a 2.39:1 ratio as it seemed to really help the dynamic of the composition in the film.

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We’re very happy to welcome two more animators aboard The Cat Piano animation team. Alex Grigg and Benjamin Drake both students of Queensland’s Griffith University animation course. The two animators who studied with our own Makoto Koji, have come down from sunny Queensland to work on the film here in well..sunny Adelaide! Both of them have great drawing and animation skills and we look forward to what they can bring to the project.

Check out Alex Grigg’s blog

and Benjamin Drake’s

Here’s a lively page of cat piano themed sketches that Alex sent us a week before he arrived. His style clearly fit with the film’s.

The film will be finished by the end of January 2009 so watch this space.