Inspiration: Sets and Lighting

After creating my characters I knew that I was going to need to turn to creating a set for my characters to move through. I initially thought of none other than Wallace & Gromit. What worried me was that from my storyboard I would need to create at least four different sets. Plus Wallace & Gromit creates tons of real furniture and fixtures. Luckily after discussing the situation with tutors I learned that I am able to create elements in After Effects and use a green screen or masking to remove the background. I am still going to have to create elements that the characters interact with, but it is less than what the people of Wallace & Gromit do. It is still inspiring to see what they are able to create. Of course they have more time than I do.

Similar to Wallace & Gromit, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride also created entire tiny sets. Seeing this helped me decide on colors that I want to use and the lighting that would create that. I like that everything is tinted a green-gray, which creates an eerie feeling. I think I will try to recreate something similar, because it seems really effective in enhancing the feel of the story.

His live action films also have a gray filter over them that creates the sad and dark feeling that is necessary in a film where a barber kills people and a baker bakes the bodies into meat pies. The wallpaper in this scene also really made me want to create seemingly happy wallpaper for a dark and dingy scene. I also loved all of the wood elements in all 3 scenes that create a subtle warmth that rounds out the set.

My original plan is also to create an almost tea party or coffee shop scene to round out the end of the animation. I then of course turn to the quintessential tea party, of Alice in Wonderland. Tim Burton’s version was not my favorite, because I wanted him to make everything have a darker twist to it. He made it too child friendly in my opinion, but at the same time it was a beautiful film visually, filled with characters and scenes that completely inspired me. I liked the use of the pastel colors in this dark  and gray atmosphere. I think I will try and do something similar.


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