A short film i made as my final project in the Hyper Island Motion Design Course where i explore a different kind of style that i had not tried before. My focus was creating something that is visually appealing with some emotional storytelling baked into it.
This short film was made during a time period of 10 weeks. All the backgrounds are hand-painted using Photoshop, which i learned how to use before, and during this project. The animating of the character, Richard, and some of the environmental features like water were made using Animate CC.
Written, Animated & Directed by: Casper Nykopp
Music by: Markus Valli
SoundFX by: Roni Selovuo
The initial story was supposed to be about a fisherman so i gave the character a kind of classical sailor/fisherman look with the overall and the cap.
I tried to create a walk cycle fitting for and old man. Also tried adding movements fitting and older man like when stepping down and having to brace against a tree.
A big learning during this project was learning how to paint and add effects in Photoshop and it was a lot of fun creating all the backgrounds. While painting i realised the effect and importance of color grading/FX and lighting, and how big of a difference they make.