Friday, July 25, 2014

RotB - Bird's nest

And here are a few images from the making of the bird's nest. Another little masterpiece by Klaus Morschheuser's and Katja Moll's set building team.





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Thursday, July 24, 2014

RotB - Bird backstory storyboard

In the book the dog describes himself as 'keen' and the frog as 'clean'. The bird however states that she is 'as green as can be' . While we were looking for a way to connect the green colour to her personality, we noticed one of Axel Scheffler's illustration that showed the bird peeking out from a tree hole as the bow comes flying by. 

We thought it would be nice to explain how the bird ended up alone in this tree hole and came up with her little backstory.  



























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Friday, July 18, 2014

RotB - Fireplace

A lovely little fireplace.  Comes in two sizes. 
Created by Klaus' and Katja's set-building team. 



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

RotB - Miniature Reeds

For set extension and super wide shots we created matte paintings from tiny miniature sets. Most of these miniature scenes were built by Gottfried Mentor, who had already worked on the sets for 'The Gruffalo.'  Here you can see the miniature version of the 'Reeds' set.





Gottfried and I studied together at the Filmakademie Baden Wuerttemberg.  In addition to being an incredible set builder he's also a great filmmaker. Check out his work!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

RotB - Weeping Willow

The trunk for the weeping willow was built by Katja Moll. The leaves were later added in CG since they had to be able to move in some shots. 






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Thursday, June 26, 2014

RotB - Reeds set

Some more impressions from the build of the frog's home. All the animals are lonely in their own way before they join the witch and the cat on their flying broomstick. But while the dog and the bird are missing company, the frog has too much of it. His isolation comes from the inside. The clean frog wants to get out of his home because he can't identify with the other frogs and their filthy way of life. He jumps from one moss patch to the other to avoid any contact with the mud.








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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

RotB - Mud

Here you can see some look tests for the muddy surface in the Frog's home. To find the right texture for the set's ground is always a challenge. You don't want it to be too repetitive and boring but also not too distracting. Because the sets were built on a very small scale, even a tiny pebble can turn out to be very big once you see the CG characters next to it. Another challenge for this particular set was to avoid the association with either Nutella or poop as much as possible...




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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RotB - Bark

The first bark tests by Klaus Morschheuser's and Katja Moll's set-building team.







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