SCAD Animation Studios Film
CUIB Supervisor, animator, VFX, Character Designer
CLeanUp & Digital Ink and Paint
The Pope's Dog is a very special film. The inspiration behind the look of this short was the Netflix film "Klaus". We wanted to achieve the same effect of 2D animation looking 3D using light and shadow to give form to our character animation. With that,
our pipeline became quite unique. Noah Catan, the VFX Supervisor, and I developed a way to have our sequenced Lined and Colored sequences in Toon Boom Harmony so that each shape and form of our characters can be "lit" in Nuke.
It is a whole process created for the film! I and some other supervisors were lucky enough to be interviewed by ToonBoom.
Within the article we broke down the details of the process so I highly recommend reading through it!
As the Cleanup Supervisor, my job included teaching the rest of the cleanup artists within the team. I would do many demos and voice calls teaching members the process and exactly why things need to be done this way for the lighting process. I am very proud of the team, especially when I look back and remember that quite a number of my team never even touched ToonBoom Harmony.
Rough Animation by Lilith McCarley
Although I was mainly doing work for the CUIB and DIP process, I helped light a couple of shots for the film as well. Lighting was a tedious task but it was very much worth it.
Before doing cleanup work for the film, I also helped in the early stages of visual development. I mostly did work on the Pope, I helped with the design process as well as made the official Turnaround and Reference sheets for the animation team.