I’ve been working on this on and off for 6 months now, I ran out of time and, as a result, has none of the originally planned story. So as it stands it’s kind of a taste of Santa’s perspective whilst flying around.
Everything was done in Blender. I learned a lot from this project mostly about project/file management and keeping control of my renders through the use of layers and Multilayer EXR files.
The arm animation look great, the map flapping in the wind looks great. I think that it would look nicer if the reindeer didnt move so suddenly and violently when the go down into the valley, I imagine that’s something to do with the path you have them following, also the way the reindeer all move in line with each other looks a bit off, if the front ones moved first then the second, third etc. basically the rule of animation about offsetting your actions. But overall really well done, It was a pleasant surprise as you made it look great.
The arm and map are all green screen so no animation there. With regards to the path and looking like they move to stiffly, I did try and get them to arc more but this was all done to scale, when the plummet to earth from above the clouds I think they travel 3.5 km and so when they get to curve back up to the sky they were travelling at such a rate, I tried slowing the speed they were traveling but this resulted in a very slow looking turn with no vertical movement of the reindeer.