Monday, September 24, 2012
Superman V the Elite
As a designer, coming off of the projects I had just completed, knowing what lied ahead and seeing some of what was going on around me I felt a need to change things up a bit. I was aiming for a look that lent itself to more squash & stretch and more fluid animation. Unfortunately, what resulted wasn't totally what I was hoping for. Sometimes, what is designed and who animates it aren't exactly proper fits. Once I saw initial footage where too much anatomy was added, or subtleties weren't interpreted as I would have liked, I had a feeling the rest wouldn't exactly impress.
This is not to say that the animation studio was to blame at all. On the contrary, some of the footage from overseas was spectacular. The fx shots that were delivered were stunning at times. The end sequence is pretty darned fun. The production just had a lot of speed bumps, to say the least. A change in scripts, directors, skeleton crew and scheduling issues, to name a few. It was all such a blur.
So, if given the opportunity, in spite of all the negative comments about the look of this dtv ( I am well aware), and my design work being a primary reason why, would I change anything? Hmm....tough call. At the time, this is a style I wanted to explore. Looking back though, perhaps, in terms of story and tone, a more 'realistic' style would have been more appropriate.
Here then, are the initial Superman concepts presented. They range from cartoony to more 'realistic.' Obviously the one on the far left is the basis for what we went with.
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