Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Caliri’


The Little Prince, 2015

March 31, 2016

It was a pleasure to have been asked to work out some visual problems for the animated film, The Little Prince. The stop motion sequences were being produced by Duck Studios in Los Angeles and directed by Jamie Caliri. Following are a few samples of before and after shots; they include notes from Jamie.

The problem: “[This scene] doesn’t look epic.”

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Digital paint-over solution: I tried to give the illusion of expanse by repainting the surface of the sand. Then I placed the characters on a kind of ridge, at a seemingly higher elevation. The long shadows were added to bring more visual weight to the characters’ plight.


The problem: “…too much pink.”  This scene is from the point of view of the aviator, who upon nearing the  wall with seated boy, realizes the little prince  is speaking to someone or something on the other side.  To his dismay, the aviator discovers it’s an asp. The scene is ominous, but the little prince remains unafraid.


Digital paint-over solution: Pink sky replaced with yellow. A yellow sky may indicate a dusty atmosphere and can be associated with threatening weather events–even apocalyptic. I tried to emphasize the light on the character’s backside, so when the aviator turns the corner of the wall, the scene would be in shadow, dark and moody, and hopefully increase the element of surprise.


The problem: (Characters are crossing the desert); “[these scenes] don’t look hot enough.”

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Digital paint-over solution: Instead of an overcast look to the light, I gave the colors and tones more of a sunlit effect. Below are stronger and hotter highlights, reflected lights, and illumination; and a more flushed face for the aviator.


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