The Making of Oranguerrilla
This is the Making Of video for Oranguerrilla, my student film for the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. I really wanted to make this backstage video as it brings together the countless steps I went through to make my film.
Roughly, I spent 1600 hours of work on the project from concept art to the final edit, spread over two and a half years.
Direct link: YouTube Vimeo
Italian version here: [italiano]
Pencils are my tool and I studied traditional animation, but I’m also my own kind of 2D Technical Director and I had to push my skills to new heights.
Some research was necessary to define a workflow able to take my drawings on paper to a fully rendered animation, with light and shadows, shaded objects, special effects and camera moves. I don’t use Macs anymore and luckily there’s a good selection of free and open source software able to help animators and filmmakers. This is the breakdown of the workflow:
If I could go back in time I would spend more work on the construction of the characters and I’d draw them day and night for weeks. I found out very early that practice is time well spent. Also, doing warm-up drawings at the beginning of the animation session ensures a good control over gestures and line quality.
The complete short is 2’15” (excluding credits) and will be released this summer to film festivals. At some point I’ll publish it online.
I’ve been asked how much would ideally cost a short like this if it were commissioned. The answer is: roughly $36,000, all-inclusive!
Thanks to all the instructors and friends who gave me useful suggestions.
I really hope this is the last film I do on my own.
These are some random screengrabs from various production stages.
Here you can find some screenshots of Oranguerrilla.