Uncle Willy Moves Out
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Uncle Willy Moves Out

Stef van Essen
by stefvanessen on 29 May 2020 for Rookie Awards 2020

Hello! My name is Stef van Essen, and I'd like to share my 3D animation graduation project with you all. This project was focused on dialogue and facial animation. I took a piece of dialogue from the 1975 film "The Sunshine Boys" and created my own animated version of Walter Matthau's performance.

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Final Video

Shot Breakdown

I learned a lot from this project. It was the first time I tried animating dialogue, which taught me a lot about acting. I also learned a lot about lighting, set-dressing and composition, as this was the first time I rendered an animation. I had a ton of fun working on this project, and I'm very grateful for everyone that gave me feedback on it throughout the year.

This lift-and-twist move was a real challenge. I revised it a lot of times. It was actually the last thing I tweaked in my final polish pass.

In my first version, I didn't put a lamp on Willy's desk. I only put it there when I started to think about how I was going to light my shot, which gave me a great opportunity to add a little bit of business to the performance here.

This sequence sums up uncle Willy's character. He thinks about how he's going to guilt trip his nephew into regularly visiting him after he moves out, he says his line and acts all sad towards his nephew... And afterwards, uncle Willy listens closely to find out if it worked.

Oh no, not the kids...


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