Making of  'Balloon Tale' 
 

This is the behind the scenes look at our first try at making an animation. 
We used 3ds Max and V-ray for the whole project, rendered with the help of a small render farm and lots of trial and error.
 
Story synopsis:
Suddenly lost in a grim unfamiliar place, a discarded toy balloon unexpectedly becomes the source of happiness to a young girl.

 
Characters:
Pascal - rich, spoiled boy. has everything but does not give much value to them
Susie - a lonely and sickly child with not much friends nor toys
Hugo - your friendly neighborhood balloon vendor


Pre-production:

 Our storyboard rough sketch
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Character drawings
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Animatic
All done with Toon Boom Studio.


 Mood and color sketches
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character sketch boy
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Production:

Modeling, texturing, and rigging
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3d character modeling
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Environment modeling and texture
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Animation 

We used the Max' bone system for the face and CAT system for the body.



















Testing out the face and body rigging. Some face expressions and walk cycle trial and errors.


Balloon animation test. 
We used spring magic script for the string's animation. Source: http://www.scriptspot.com/3ds-max/scripts/spring-magic


Post production
Compositing

We output everything as image sequences and composed them in After Effects. Color effects and sound was just kept at minimal. 
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Background environment, the vendor, and the passing cars were rendered separately and composed in After Effects.


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And now, the final movie:


 

Thank you for viewing!