This is the beta version of the film to be handed in later today… There are a few continuity issues and other various things that need fixing, but in all I’m happy with how it’s turning out. Just need to finish it now!

This also includes a preview of the soundtrack which has been written for me by Harry and Lewis. As with the animation it’s a work-in-progress but I’m really pleased with it and looking forward to hearing the final thing.


Wednesday 24th March, 2010. beta, soundtrack. Comments off.


Here are some stills from scenes that I have finished. The beta version will be coming on the 24th.

Thursday 18th March, 2010. stills. Comments off.

More Backgrounds

Here’s a couple of backgrounds I did today – the first one is from the opening shot of the film, where the camera will pan to show Thomas’ house (which I haven’t painted yet) between the mountains, and the second from the shot where Thomas looks up at the moon before the balloon takes off.

Tuesday 2nd March, 2010. backgrounds. Comments off.

Shot 19 Line Test

I’ve been working on the line test for shot 19 today. I’m pleased with how Thomas turned out although the moon face still needs work, I think it turns too slowly.

Saturday 27th February, 2010. line tests. Comments off.


Here is the alpha version of the film. The shot timings are now pretty much finalised.

Wednesday 17th February, 2010. alpha. Comments off.


I’ve begun work on painting the backgrounds, starting with the sky. Here is the biggest one, from the shot of the balloon going up with the shooting stars – I’ve put a couple of real constellations in there, see if you can see them…

It’s been suggested to me that as it pans I animate the different layers (stars, aurora borealis etc.) at slightly different speeds – although this wouldn’t happen in real life it would help to give the shot a feeling of depth.

Tuesday 2nd February, 2010. backgrounds. Comments off.

Backgrounds: Mountains

Some more work from my portfolio. I have been thinking about the sort of colours I would like to use for my backgrounds, and after coming up with a colour palette for the mountains tried to get a feel of what they would actually look like.

Colour test of still taken from pre-vis:

Background design:

Thursday 21st January, 2010. backgrounds. Comments off.

More Character Work

Here is some more character work from my portfolio…

Thomas attitude poses:

Size comparison:

A helpful way of remembering the sizes is that the balloon is roughly the same length as the moon’s nose.

Thursday 21st January, 2010. character designs. Comments off.

Updated Animatic and Pre-Vis

As promised a long time ago, my animatic and pre-vis have been updated to reflect the changes that have been made to the story. They now give a much better representation of the final film and can be used in collaboration with a music student to produce the film’s soundtrack.

Thursday 21st January, 2010. animatic, pre-vis. Comments off.

Balloons, Moons and Scarves

I’ve been working on my production portfolio so here’s a quick update with some of the work I’ve done for it.

Balloon concepts (re-worked previous one and lit up one):

Moon wearing its scarf designs:

I can’t decide which one I like best, I’m stuck between the blue/purple stripey one and the green one (which I’ve been told looks like a baby… it kind of does…)

Friday 15th January, 2010. character designs, concepts. Comments off.

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