Making of Bee in the Bonnet by DNA Inc

23 Mar

The short film “Bee In The Bonnet” was another great project for our team. The team hurried to animate the film immediately after completing “YUGAPURUSH” and it was a refreshing experience moving from semi-realistic to full-cartoon animation style. Before commencing production, the team clearly planned the animation style, especially for the BEE as the character has streaks of wickedness in contrast to BOB who is a plump and funny guy. Acting sessions at dailies time helped animators to explore the characters in-depth. Enacting and animating the Bee character was immensely enjoyable as is evident through in the film.

For finalizing the acting styles and timing of the characters, the team started animation from the third scene where BOB sees BEE coming out of the bonnet. All the shots with main poses or story telling poses of characters were blocked. After blocking approval all the main breakdowns we added and then, we took an animation lineup so that we could check the story-line, acting hookups, pose hookups etc and all the small corrections were done before starting detailed blocking. Here the detailed blocking was done with the addition of all the main breakdowns, other in-between passes, facial in-betweens and timing corrections. In the first pass, we have added some more details in body movements in smoothed curves. Second pass was done for secondary actions, follow-throughs and more facial details. After the second pass, we took one more animation line-up for viewing the entire performances of the characters once again before the final animation approvals. The team then discussed minor flaws in BEE’s expressions in order to improve upon them. The second-pass line-up helped fine-tune the actions for the final-pass animation.

Here I am adding two videos showing the process in animation from the film “BEE IN THE BONNET”. This one is a shot of BOB carrying a big rock and putting it on the bonnet for closing it.The video startes from storyboard, then layout, bloking, animation and the final output.RajaSekhar Buggaveeti

Here is one shot of BEE. One of the funniest shot of BEE making fun of BOB after comming out of the bonnet. From storyboard we did the layout.But in bloking we did a small change in timing of BEE’s second and fourth posess from layout for making it more better.

The team was thrilled to see the final output at the premiere, because the output was of exceptional quality. Considering the fact that “Bee in the Bonnet” is an intern-level project, we hope this will be an interesting and entertaining short movie done by DNA INC.


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