I will start this update by saying that this was definitely the most challenging part of the short film (so far), with several mistakes and problems.
Let's begin by looking at some insights regard...
The next part of the "How to Make an Animated Film"-series is now up! This one finishes our Concept Art with an explanation of my approach on how to actually paint something. The run time ended...Read More
The most obvious change since last time is that I have now added real hair (particles) to the model, replacing those mesh placeholders. I gave him a small beard as if he hasn't shaven in a couple of d...Read More
I have been away from the short film for a while, but now I have finally completed the next step. And this step was extra daunting as well, sculpting the first human character, namely the Old Man! You...Read More
This location relied quite a bit on reusing models already made for the hospital room. For all the ceiling items, I could copy what I had made previously, and put them in a layout I thought looked pre...Read More
There are two different curtains in the room. There is the main one covering the window that will need to be rigged and simulated during the different scenes in the film when it pulled back and forth....Read More
The next part of the "How to Make an Animated Film"-series is now up! This one is about making concept art. What I had to say about this subject ended up so long that I decided to split it into two se...Read More
Now I have finished the modelling and rigging of the bed table. When compared to the concept art, it is fairly similar, but with some notable changes.
I wanted to add mechanical means of raising/lo...
It took a lot of work, but the rig for the Robot is done. This was without doubt the most complex rig I have ever made (including the different objects made for my Mastering Driver in Blender video co...Read More
Woah, this was quite a lot of work! But now the Robot is modelled, consisting of 196 different objects. I can't tell you how fun it is to actually be able to see it for the first time. What was just a...Read More
I have now completed the modelling (as well as rigging) for the EKG monitor. This is a piece of equipment that will be in great focus during a couple of shots in the film, so I have spent a bit of ti...Read More
I have now modeled the hospital bed that the Old Man lies in. This is quite a central piece in the film, being present in a lot of the shots, from different angles. Since I had done concept art of it ...Read More
The production has officially begun! It is super exciting to really get started making this film I have planned for and had in my head for so long. As I said in the previous update, I decided to start...Read More
Here is the complete animatic, showing you what the finished film will be like shot by shot. I hope you will like it! Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below! :) It is not too late to ma...Read More
The eight, and next to last, scene of the film is now planned. In this scene, the Robot realizes that he doesn't want the Old Man to have it like this, so he takes the matter in his own hands by carry...Read More
I have now planned the seventh scene of the film. This is where the Doctor interferes once again, this time almost ending in disaster for the Robot. Thankfully, the Old Man is able to save the day. He...Read More
The sixth scene is now planned. This is where the Robot takes an initiative in helping the Old Man with the window, but gets stopped by the Old Man who doesn't want to take the fight. Instead the Robo...Read More
I have now planned the fifth scene of the film. This is when the Old Man asks the Robot for help since he can't do it on his own. They get see the outside for a short while before the Doctor busts the...Read More
So the time has come to plan the fourth scene of the film. This is when the Doctor enters the room for the first time. We are presented with the fact the Doctor caring for the old man won't do anythin...Read More
I am very happy to announce that I am I creating a video course on how to make an animated film on your own, and that it will be free for everyone to watch! My hope is that it will ...
Here is the third scene of the film. Its point is to establish the pulling away of the curtain as a replacement for actually being outside, and the Old Man's inability to do so himself. I have done my...Read More
The point of this scene is to establish the life of our main characters. The old man lies in his bed, dreaming of the outside, and the Robot cleans his room. They have nothing to do with each other ye...Read More
The time has come to make the animatic of the short film. This is where I will create a simple animated version of the entire film to plan everything, what shots it should include, how the characters ...Read More
So far the film has simply been called "Untitled". Well, I think it is time to present what the film will be called for real. I have thought of a lot of different names during these years. First of al...Read More
In the ending, there will be a "fourth character" introduced, which I call the Security Force. They are like a police force of the hospital/city, and as you might have guessed, they get involved when ...Read More
The hallway is only in the movie for one scene (a few seconds), and it could actually have essentially been cut to save the work of creating another room. However, I do really like the shot of them ac...Read More
The movie opens with the Old Man being on top of a hill, enjoying the breeze, sun and sky in front of him. This place of course has to be designed, so that's what I have focused on this week.
The only thing left in the hospital room concept art was to give it color. This might sound simple, but in some ways, this also basically decides the film's color palette at the same time, since almos...Read More
Two updates ago, I created a 3D scene where I blocked out/planned the layout of the hospital room. I have now used that 3D room to render out flat images of 6 different views; how it looks from the to...Read More
I have been working on designing the hospital room with all its details. In this update I will focus on the ceiling, while keeping the rest of the room for the next update.
Most of the ceili...
With the characters done for now, I have moved on to designing the locations. Starting with the most important room, where most of the runtime will take place; the hospital room.
First of all, I li...
When designing something, it is very important to have references of similar objects so you know what it is "supposed" to look like (most commonly images). Even for objects you think you know, you sho...Read More
The design of the EKG monitor is now completed. You can see the result in the image up above.
When it comes to the actual information displayed on screen, since I don't know anything about medicine...
It took a really long time, but I have now finally completed the design of my main characters! This update is meant as a bit of a final conclusion of their designs and what the next step is.
I have now completed the design of the outfit the Old Man will wear in his dream. Since this outfit was a fairly simple object, I did everything (shape, shading, colors) in one swoop instead of postin...Read More
Now the concept art of the Robot is complete as well. The result is visible here up above. I never really understood how far the Robot was from a finished design before I made this version. Previously...Read More
Here she is, the completed Doctor design! Overall, I like the result. She looks strong and firm, but not evil.
One thing I was a bit unsure about were her shoes. I do like the way they look, it fit...
I have now finished detailing the Doctor, with the result visible here above. I added some items to the outfit to make it more lively. The most important detail is giving her a stethoscope. This is a ...Read More
So, the time has come to design the antagonist of the film, the Doctor. First of all, I wanted the doctor to be a woman, to give film a bit more equality. Now the film will feature a man, a woman, and...Read More
Now I shaded the two line drawings of the Old Man, to give him a three dimensional shape. As you might notice straight away, this is my first image in color! I gave him temporary colors since I felt l...Read More
I have continued drawing the Old Man, completing the overall shape and details of the concept art. It ended up very close to the general shape shown in the previous update. That shape was fairly finis...Read More
After finishing the Robot design (concept-wise), it is now time to focus on the next character, namely the Old Man. As with the Robot, I will start with trying to find the general shape of the charact...Read More
I have now made the Robot drawing more three-dimensional by shading it. As described in an earlier post, I will colorize the Robot later, when I try to find a unifying color scheme for the entire film...Read More
If you looked very closely in the last update, you might have noticed that the Robot design did not match the mechanical joints I had designed earlier. When comparing it to the chart, you can see that...Read More
With the mechanical parts already figured out and having a general shape as a base, it was fairly easy (just time consuming) to look at those two as guides, and draw the full robot for the first time....Read More
The final thing I want to do before I sit down and draw the full robot design is to have a clear view of the general shape I will be going for. In my head, I've had a pretty clear idea of what I wante...Read More
I have now decided how the robot will move mechanically. As you can see, I don't have a unique design for each joint, in that the knee and elbow share the same design, and the wrist/ankle shares the s...Read More
After some thinking (and walking around like a robot), I am done designing its range of motion. It ended up becoming fairly close to a normal human, but with some differences. Hopefully these differen...Read More
Although I believe the Robot is easier from a drawing standpoint, with large flat surfaces, compared to the complexities of drawing actual people, it comes with a different problem. And that is that i...Read More
The script is yet to be marked as completed, but that does not stop me from moving on with things not relying on a precise script. And that is the look of the film, the crucial step that has to be com...Read More
The first week in now done and it has been great fun. Thank you for your comments here, on YouTube and other places! I really appreciate it.
This week most of the focus has been on the re...
Although I have wanted to make films for as long as I can remember (I made quite a few simple ones using Lego and other toys when I was little), it wasn't until four years ago when I got an idea for a...Read More
Hello, and welcome to Making A Short Film! After a year in the making, the website is finally online which of course is super exciting.
If you have seen the introduction video on the start page (w...