The Amazing Maurice
Hey. I’m Jo and i work in Animation.
Little Note: This site isn’t finally done yet, it is more like an ongoing process. As I’m working on animation projects most of the time, I don’t really have time to catch up. But I’ll do my very best.
The cool part is, we have just finished our latest Feature. It is called the Amazing Maurice and entered the cinemas in february 2023.
I had a blast working on it. I started out as Storyboarder and then seamlessly switched to Animation. In the end I could also do quite some compositing on it. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and to have been working with such a great team.
I finally found the time to cut a little Reel with some of the shots I have been working on. See the Video below. I added a frame to it and on the bottom of the frame you’ll see in which pipeline step I’ve been working. It was a fun movie to work on and i hope you can see that in the pictures as well.
I also have the plan to add a Breakdown Reel later on, where you can see the individual steps from Storyboard over Blocking to Animation and finally Compositing, so stay tuned.
And again, Thanks to Studio Rakete for considering me.
The music I used is by Soundstream. Go buy his music! It is very good!
If you like to see some more, you should of course buy the movie on Blue Ray, or look out if there are some screenings around your area. But you can also have a look at the official trailer above.
And if you want some more, well, here is a nice little Making of, where the amazing cast talks about our little movie.
It was really an honor to animate to this well known voices. It really is a pleasure to see how it all comes together now and have the characters shape somehow a real persona.
Btw. Toby and Flo (Director and Co Director) ended up giving their voices to the two ugly rat-catchers. This part got us a bit confused from time to time. :-D
Together with the lovely Studio Rakete I had the opportunity to do some compositing on this colorful and funny kids movie. (Alongside i was layout artist, animation supervisor and animator as well.)
Here are some stills taken out of the sequences as examples of compositing. This was before the final grading though.
All shots are fully stereoscopic compositings. So there were basically no 2D masks or 2D touch ups used nor possible.
We used cryptos as well as 3D point clouds and normals to tweak the sequences. The normals didn’t work too well on the characters with fur though, so relighting had it’s limits. The comps were done in Nuke.
On the left you see a pre-comp of what the lighting department delivered. On the right you see what was approved after I comped it. You can move the wipe to see the improvements … (hopefully):
All of the images above are Copyright by Studio Rakete / Ulysses Filmproductions.