Before setting out on animating the film, the team got into the skin of each character and physically enacted the script to get a hang of the actual person they were going to animate. The team enjoyed acting out the part of Chitraguptha. His distinct behaviour coupled with the funny lines really tested the animator’s acting skills. The acting sessions for character of was preceded by extensive preparations. Acting his role requires exceptional acting talent given his unique gestures, facial expressions and the dialogue delivery style. The role of Y.S.R was discussed intensely before enacting it to draw inputs for animation. Being a political heavyweight with immensely popular mannerisms, the character demanded extreme attention to detail. The film would lose it credibility if he was not portrayed realistically.
The team commenced production with a clear plan. Expectedly, the decision to adopt a semi-realistic animation style proved to be a double-edged sword, given the enviable task of reproducing the enthralling histrionics associated with popular characters like Yama, Chaitragptha and YSR. Realistically portraying these three central characters with diametrically opposite demeanors proved strenuous. In order to bring out good quality, the team concentrated more on detailing w.r.t the animation and lip-sync.
The team started by blocking each character with only the main pose or story telling pose and then shifted its attention to adding details to each pose and facial expression. After blocking approvals, detailed blocking was taken up where all the main breakdowns and other in-between passes and timing corrections were added. For the first pass, the team added more details in body movements with smoothened curves. Second pass was more for secondary actions, follow-throughs and lip-sync blocking. In the final pass, detailed lip-sync, polishing facial animation and body movements were executed.
Here we are adding two videos from the shot film “YUGAPURUSH” which shows all the passes in animation from storyboard or 2D-animatics to final output.The first one is the first shot of YAMA, which establishes the character and his first dialogue.RajaSekhar Buggaveeti
Next one is CHITHRAGUPTHA’s shot in which he is taking his magic wand and switching on the magic screen.Here in layout camera angle is changed slightly to side angle from story board for making the shot more better.
The decision to include live-action footage on Chitragupta’s magic screen helped save precious time and let the team devote more time to animating the characters in detail. Finally, despite the daunting task of making the audience believe they were actually witnessing a touching conversation between Lord Yama and YSR, the team was relieved and excited at having captured the script in its true spirit.