This is a really fun project. I was given a list of characters and then put on a very long leash. Actually, I even came up with the idea for the surfing Sumo. I did surf for several years, and then paddled a whitewater kayak. There is a small amount of overlap in these experiences, giving me a wealth of ideas.
I have depicted a setting that is gradually turning toward sustainability. The main focus is wind power, and this piece is available for customization and licensing. The methods used to make this animation is a blend of warm traditional techniques, and wholly digital components.
I went back and pulled material off an old D-beta archive reel. I hadn’t seen the stuff in awhile. The 3D broadcast design was mostly modeled and animated in Softimage. Video composite and editing was with Flame. I became quite proficient in putting together show packages: open title, transition wipes, lower 3rds, bugs, bump outs, teases, bump ins and credit beds.
I’ve also put some more recent work in this reel, so it would not be a total time capsule – particularly shots that had something to do with title design.