OUTSIDE | Animated Short Film

Hello everyone!

I recently finished the pre-production of my short film, meaning it is time to dive into Blender and make the entire thing. I thought I would post some updates here, in addition to my website https://makingashortfilm.com where I have a lot of stuff you might find fun and useful.

As pre-production, I both created concept art of everything to make it easier to make in Blender later, as well as an animatic for planning every shot in the film and the motions performed by the characters. Here is the complete animatic so you can see what the film will be like:

So, without further ado, I will get started modeling some of the assets appearing in the film. I hope you will like following along on my journey to completed film! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube-channel to stay up to date, and/or my Twitter / Facebook.

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Nice you finished your pre-production, Gustav! I would like to watch it once production and post-production is finished.

In the meantime, why not check out my own WIP about my web-series I told you about some time ago? The first episode will go into production after August 31st, and once my birthday is over (September 1st).

I’d like to have some feedback on my work as I make progress. I have a topic about it as well, so you’d be updated on its progress and some other related stuff.

That is all.

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Hi Daniel!
First of all, thank you. I will definitely check out your project. I saw your PM and have now given you a bit of feedback on the logline you sent! :slight_smile: Hope you find it helpful. Good luck!

I have completed the modeling of the Hospital Room where most of the film will take place. I based it on the concept art I drew earlier. I made some small modifications when I got to see it in 3D, but it is mostly the same. Overall, I am pretty happy with the result. The .blend-file is available to get on the website in case anyone wants to take a look.

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The hospital bed has been both modeled and rigged now, apart for some deformation in the matress and pillow. This is a pretty important item in the film, since the Old Man spends most of the runtime in it. I made a little video demonstrating the ways it can be adjusted, which should allow me to do all the things required for the film.

More info and the .blend-file is available here: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=43

Any thoughts on the design?

Regards,
Gustav

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I have now modeled and rigged the EKG monitor. It is a very important object story-wise, since it visualizes the reason the Old Man can’t leave the hospital. His heart is weak, and this monitor is a constant reminder of it .

The result is visible below. I recorded a timelapse of the process in case anyone is interested to see it (If you don’t like the speed, YouTube has controls which allows you to go both slower and faster).

More info and the .blend-file is available here: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=44

Regards,
Gustav

The Robot has now been modeled, and I am pretty happy with the result! I made quite a few changes compared to the concept art I drew earlier, both to improve the looks but also to actually make it work. I go into more detail on the blog, where you can also download the finished .blend.file: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=45.

What do you think of the result?

Regards,
Gustav

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The model looks great! I don’t see anything missing from the way you designed it in 3D. Can’t wait for the short film to be released!

You sure took your time with modeling it, didn’t you?

Thanks a lot!

Oh yeah, I spent a bunch of time on this one! :slight_smile: Since it is one of the two main characters it is super important I got it as good as I could. I do want people to like him, and feel for him.

I have now finished the rigging of the Robot, which ended up a fair bit more complex than I thought it would! Here is a video I made to show the controls, as well as discuss a bit on how it works:


You can read more about it on the blog, as well as download the finished blend-file to play with it: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=46

I hope you like how the character is turning out!

Regards,
Gustav

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I have now modeled and rigged the bed table with the lunch that is given to the old man. It is a fairly simple object, but it is nonetheless very important. You can read more about the thoughts behind it and how it relates to the story on the blog: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=47

Next up is to continue modeling/rigging the various objects used in the film.

Regards,
Gustav

The actual hospital room is now completed by the addition of the two curtains. The one by the window is instrumental to the story and will be animated several times in the film, while the one by the bed is static and in basically just decoration.

Here is a short video I made of some tests just to see so the setup works (Which I afterwards noticed it didn’t, since the curtain intersected the railing. This has now been fixed). I will most likely tweak the simulation parameters further when I animate the actual scenes and I know how the characters interact with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kav6dSwMM8

To download the finished .blend, or read more about how it works and the controls it has, visit the blog: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=49
Now I will move on to making the hallway outside of the hospital room. See you next time!

Regards,
Gustav

I have now modeled another location in the film, namely the Hallway. It reuses some of the items from the Hospital Room to both save time and create a unified look since it is he same building.
Read more about why it is designed like it is on the blog: https://makingashortfilm.com/update?post=50

Here is the direction from which the Doctor comes:


And here is looking in the other direction, where the Robot and the Old Man will be escaping:

Just a little note; the film has now passed 25% done! You can see the progess, what I have done and what is left, on the progress page. This was also blog post #50. It has been fun so far, and I look forward to making the rest and writing about it/sharing it with you!

Regards,
Gustav

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I just discovered this thread now. It looks really, really interesting!
I love the animatic/story and all the WIP models.
Great work so far!!

I know such a project needs loads of determination - and it looks like you are really pulling it off.
My deepest respect for that.

Well, now I can’t wait for the finished film… :wink:

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Wow, what a heart-warming comment! :slight_smile: I really appreciate it. I am extra happy about the fact that you like the story, I have not received much critique on it (especially the animatic) so it feels like it could be terrible and I just haven’t realized it.

Thanks again.

Any news regarding the short film, Gustav? Or are you in full swing with getting to work on the models that you’ve forgot to give us an update on the progress?

How much are you into sculpting your characters’ meshes?

I’d be really interesting to be hearing a response for your film’s production state right now.

Hi, thanks for asking!
“Real life” has gotten quite a bit in the way since Christmas, with school and a completely different project being in focus (unfortunately the short film doesn’t help my economy in the short term which is why it gets a fairly low priority). However, the old man sculpt is basically done! My hope is to finish it soon, hopefully I will have a free day for it next week.

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Wow, looks really cool! Keep it up!