Behind The Scenes
Interviewed by Animation Mentor!
I was interviewed by Animation Mentor to discuss This is a Ball and my passion behind creating the film. It was a real honor to be included on their blog. Read it on their site or below. This month’s Where are they now? series features Jeff Starr, a 2010 graduate of Animation Mentor. Since graduating from Animation […]
Cube vs Square
One of the questions I get asked from time to time is, “If the ball is called a ball and not a circle, why isn’t the square referred to as a cube and the triangle a pyramid?” The idea is that the Ball is the only character with depth to his personality. The bullies are just one dimensional, hence […]
Behind the Scenes: Rendering
A short time-lapse video of me working to resolve some rendering issues in Maya. Four shots in the movie had a problem where random dark spots would appear on the geometry. I worked for a long time to try and figure out the cause. Eventually I had to resort to manually retouching over 100 frames in Photoshop.
Pt. 4: Where is the light?
Pt. 3: Daybreak, Early Sunrise
Read: Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 4 Part 3: In the top half of the picture below you can see an early un-rendered 3D concept of the opening shot. I wanted the green pyramids to evoke trees and the red cube to add a heavy menacing weight. Color and lighting was the next big thing to think about. I wanted the light to […]
Pt. 2: Feeling Blue
Read: Part 1 // Part 3 // Part 4 Part 2: When I had been visualizing this film I pictured the ball as red. Maybe that’s because I have red hair and I saw myself as the ball? Basketballs are orange. The rubber dodgeballs we used in elementary school were red too. So, it was definitely going to be a […]