So I know today is Father’s Day but my wife reminded me I had made this on Mother’s Day and told me I should put it up here. So uh… Happy belated Mother’s Day to all you moms out there? And happy Father’s Day too.
This shot was a ton of fun to do. It wasn’t storyboarded this way (it was much simpler, just him looking at her head then looking up), but Jeff and the Laurens thought we could have more of a character moment here, so they left it to me to figure out.
After a while I realized that since Estefan can do anything, I’d try thumbnailing the wildest poses of him examining her head and trying to come to grips with her baldness (and come up with an idea of how to do her “hair”).
The shot ended up being about 17 seconds longer than originally intended, but I’m happy to say that everyone loved the new story beat, and it made the cut.
This was my 2nd favorite shot in the film. Aaron Ludwig is the MAN, folks.
Our senior class film, “Estefan,” was a TON of fun to work on. I was lucky enough to be Animation Lead on it, and as a character animator I couldn’t have asked for a better film to work on. Tons of fun, great story and great characters. Thanks to Lauren Oppenlander (the creator of Estefan), Jeff Call (the director), Lauren Taylor (the producer), Scott Gwynn (art director), and the awesome faculty at BYU’s Center for Animation for the opportunity.