Tomm Moore’s beautiful animated film Song Of The Sea is out now on Blu-ray and DVD, and we have an exclusive clip showing how the movie came to life.
The film tells the story of Ben, a young boy who lives in a lighthouse with his grieving father Conor (the great Brendan Gleeson) and his little sister Saorise. Ben never has any patience with Saorise, but when they’re forced to move away, he realises that his sister is in fact a Selkie and she desperately needs his help to survive.
It’s a magical piece of work, bringing classic Irish fairytales to life with gorgeous animation and wonderful music, and we’re very pleased to have this exclusive look at the process of animation.
“These two clips show the progression of a sequence through different stages,” explain the talented folks at Cartoon Salon. “It starts with rough sketches and evolves through several stages of character posing, where the acting is broken down into several main points.
So each scene needs roughly 4 of those main poses to convey the essence of what the character does in that particular scene. The character is drawn on-model, which means all of its proportions are correct and the expressions are indicated. Then, the character animator uses those main poses to flesh out the actual movement. Here occurs the change from a drawing to movement, so the character is shown moving around with the emphasis on mass, weight and timing.
Once all of these elements are combined, we end up with a scene which shows convincing acting.
It is a lengthy process but necessary to avoid extra costs. Unlike life-action, one animated scene might take days to complete. On average, one animator completed roughly one second of animation per day, so it takes many animators to accomplish a full-length feature film.”
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