- Role:Technical Director
The agency approached us with the idea of a fruity summer animation mosaic built from a sea of smoothies. The brief called for a table-top stop-motion shoot and the thousands of cg smoothies would need to intercut with the practical ones shot on set.
I worked to develop a system in Processing to convert After Effects animation to text data representations. Each cell color in the input animation would correspond with a fruit or cup to place at that location in the Maya scene. I also wrote Maya Python tools to set up a particle based instancing system as well as tools to read in the text data generated in Processing and animate the particle instances accordingly.
As a final step to get that traditional stop-motion look, I developed a jittering application that allowed us to apply jitter to objects that were just changed, as well as apply and control random jitter on an object by object basis.