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  07 July 2009
Secret Agent Entry: Mike McCain

Mike McCain is entered in the "Secret Agent" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Finished Video: FINAL: Trailer + Making Of + Finished Film

Last edited by mikebot : 08 August 2009 at 06:43 AM.
  07 July 2009
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Here we go...

Hi everyone! We're entering into this challenge a bit late... but better late than never right?

We think we've got a pretty cool idea for a short involving a spy, some dancing, and LASERS. Our plan is to film stop-motion for the character and greenscreen him into an environment influenced by the Erin Esurance commercials.

Here are some concepts of our spy character that Joon did, for starters. We'll be posting more progress soon.

-- Mike
  07 July 2009
love the style!

good luck!!
  08 August 2009
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Character sculpt

Thanks pierechod, hope we can finish in time : )

Our animator Ryan just finished sculpting our stopmo character's body - here he is so far!

Last edited by mikebot : 08 August 2009 at 06:25 AM.
  08 August 2009
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Environment design & stopmo integration test

This is a test scene we put together to figure out how our pipeline is gonna work. The ball character is just Ryan's leftover model from his animation mentor days, so just a simple chroma key test with him.

Video link:

Our story is about a 60's era spy who's really full of himself. He's sneaking into the villain's underground lair to retrieve the MacGuffin. Between him and the MacGuffin is a nasty network of deadly laser beams. However, this is child's play for him - he switches on his trusty cassette player and proceeds to dance smugly through the lasers, to the tune of a classical waltz. Before long he's even pulling tricks with the cassette player, like passing it behind his back and rolling it between his arms.

But oops - he fumbles the player, catapulting it into the air and changing the song to a disco beat. For the next few seconds, he frantically tries to recapture the player but it keeps flying out of his hands (and causes the song to change a couple more times.) Will he make it?

Anyway, hopefully this gives you a better idea of the style and story we're aiming for with this short! Crits & comments appreciated.

Last edited by mikebot : 08 August 2009 at 05:40 PM.
  08 August 2009

This is looking pritty cool. Loving the style and that scuplture is awesome. Best of luck finishing on time. Should be an interesting month ahead. Looking foward to seeing this entry progress
  08 August 2009
Interesting idea. You guys are starting pretty late... You'll probably have to go full force all the way in order to get it finished. Good luck. Hope you get it done.
  08 August 2009
Glad you guys are interested.

Yeah, we definitely have our work cut out for us. At least with After Effects environments we don't have much render time to worry about : )
  08 August 2009
Work In Progress: Mould-making

(It's a spy, not a cake! )

Ryan is busy making a mould of our character now... this is all voodoo magic to me but it looks pretty crazy huh? Excited to see him in action.

Last edited by mikebot : 08 August 2009 at 08:43 PM.
  08 August 2009
WOW, cool! Hope you can get some great shots out!
-- Dave
  08 August 2009
Thumbs up

Really cool ! I hope you will finish in time. It will be very cool to see a stop motion entry.
So, good luck. I can't wait to see more.
  08 August 2009
Storyboards / pre-visualization: Rough intro animatic + music

Here are some boards Joon did for the intro sequence, to a groovy spy theme Danny put together.

Video link:

Anyway this is still really rough as far as timing goes, and only covers the first third or so of our short. All subject to change still...

Last edited by mikebot : 08 August 2009 at 04:17 PM.
  08 August 2009
The music definitely fits the theme perfectly. Are you guys going to be making multiple heads and exchanging them for expressions? Thats really hard to get consistant appearance between models in detail unless you spend a lot of time on it or partially mold the back of the head and just sculpt the faces on. Anyway, looks good so far.
  08 August 2009
We'll be using one head with replacement mouths, eyelids, and eyebrows that will slide around on the brow.
  08 August 2009
Work In Progress: Character mould complete!

Ryan finished our character mould last night, turned out well!
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