Feb 01 2015 0

Last week we showed you a few of our concept sketches from Gran’s kitchen. This week we wanted to show you some concept art of the outside of her house – where Pete runs to get help. Although we have a lot of the village designed and made in 3D aleady, Gran’s house is going to be ever so slightly different – more welcoming and homely, with a few more ‘props’ needed.

01. Gran house exterior concept (1)

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Jan 25 2015 0

It has been a while since we were at the sketching stage, but now that the assets and environments from the first half of the film are well under way, we decided to revisit the locations not seen until the end of the film – Granny’s kitchen and the outside of her house.

03. Gran kitchen concept (3)

Katie trying to give Gran’s kitchen that old rustic look, and with enough room for the 4 children and Granny to gather in the end scene

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Jan 11 2015 0

There were not a lot of images from this post that would have made sense as a main image without a little explanation – so we chose the one that most resembled a face! Once we had built the children’s faces in 3D we unwrapped the meshes and were left with the net you can see below (minus the colour/texture). We then took this into Photoshop and painted the texture and facial details such as freckles.

06. Pete's face texture with stamp

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Jan 04 2015 0

We put this shot at the top as we knew it would catch the eye – and it is one of our most atmospheric shots in the film. Traditionally in stories, the crossing of water is symbolic – of entering a new world – in this case, the Beastie crossing from the ‘dead’, baron land around his cave into the safe, warm land of the village. Although this shot is still not final, you can see the considerations taken when compositing it below…

06. Log crossing CG correction pass

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Dec 21 2014 0

We gave you a little update on the Beastie’s cave scene a few weeks ago but one of the huge tasks that we faced was building the forest that stretched from beyond the cave. You will have noticed in our last post about the cave that it features a tree – this is our master tree – the one that all other trees are based on.

05. 3D model of tree (1)

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Dec 14 2014 0

Back to the bedroom for the last time! We have been busy texturing the room, walls, doors and props. With the room laid out now, we started to realise that it may not be necessary to texture every prop and part of the room – unfortunately items such as the toy balloon and helicopter hanging from the ceiling would no longer be seen in shot! Although this was a shame, we were relieved to save some time on the texturing work!

07. Kid's house - bedroom improvements (1)

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Dec 07 2014 0

The village sign is a prop that we had been debating for some time… did we really need it? As the Beastie makes the journey from his cave to the village we needed to show a point at which he had reached the edge of the village, to show that danger to the children was imminent. Plus, as we still were not showing the Beastie’s body at this stage, we wanted to use his shadow to engulf the sign as he approached.

07. Village Sign (5)In the end, we decided that we wanted to keep this element, and the sign carried on going through some changes. We used the village name ‘Tuffles’ as a placeholder in the beginning, but we all hated it by this point, and decided that the village doesn’t need a name, so decided to drop it for the simple ‘Welcome’ message.

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Nov 30 2014 1

Over a year after we had Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman into the recording studio, it was time to dust off the microphone and record the voices for the children. Up until now we had been using scratch tracks – a rough track as a placeholder until we were ready. We had been looking for the right voice for some time – someone who could perform all the children’s voices – and were extremely happy when we discovered Lizzie Waterworth’s audition tape.

Recording Lizzie Waterworth (14)

From left to right: Aaron Wood (producer), Katie Steed (co-director), Lizzie Waterworth, Jon Hunt (co-director)

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