Friday, December 16, 2011

Secrets of the Masters : The Wu Sisters




So I can finally show some animation I did at on this short! This short was a real pleasure to work on, partly due to the generosity of Mr. Ken Duncan giving me a lot of control over these characters. I wasn't a lead but I kinda felt like one in terms of having ownership and a definite opinion about the characters. It was good casting for me. Plus I only focused on the Wu sisters, which was fine by me because before we started I wanted to do those characters anyway! Unfortunately in terms of the story the characters aren't terrible textured or dimensional. But that left it up to us to try and add as much as we could with what we had to work with.

My general idea about them was to base them on ballet dancers. I had other acting ideas about them but there was really no where to put the ideas in the context of this story. The director wanted something slightly sexy as well, and being cats I could see how that would fit. But mostly I saw them as really graceful beings. But I wanted a flip side and stark contrast in that when they fought all of the sofistication and poise you once saw was gone and they became more primal. They're eyes changed to cat slit eyes and they're general graphic shape changed as well.

These aren't all of the shots I did but it is most of them. Quite a few of these got cut from the film unfortunately. I was slated to do a lot more acting but I got so front loaded with the action stuff that there was no way for me to get it all done in time. Fortunately the talented Mr. Jared Beckstrand did a lot of the acting shots as well as Mr. Ken Duncan.

Hope you enjoy these. It was a real pleasure to work on!

25 comments:

rad sechrist said...

So nice!

Cord Nielson said...

Great!

Fabián Fucci said...

They look fully alive.

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Matt Williames said...

Thanks guys, they were a lot of fun to do!

Bakshi'sMouse said...

I love that shot of the Wu sister saying "there's no place like fortress"! I didn't know you animated my favorite shot in the whole thing! I wish more of the crew would tell us what scenes they did on their blogs.

Nagy Péter said...

Thanks for your works, Matt! Happy New Year!

Paul Linsley said...

DUDE! Matt GORGEOUS WORK!
I'm boarding on the KFP tv show right now. Your animation just kicked me in the but. I feel like I need to learn how to draw from scratch again!

Romney Caswell said...

HOLLLYYY MOLLLYYY THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD!!!!

Chris Bivins said...

wow always amazing stuff viewing your work. i hope i can get around to watching the short when i get some downtime.

-biv

kalonji said...

Love it !!

SHANE PRIGMORE said...

Dude, I did not know you did those scenes. Those cats walking into that room was my favorite anmation in the special. Seriously. I was talking to Christophe Surrand about those scenes. Beautiful man!

-Shane

Nelly poemas said...

seem to be alive, is great

Patrick Ballesteros said...

Man, super inspiring especially when they somersaulted in the air, that part made me go WOW out loud.

-Patrick

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