Vice versa - 2009

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Title: Vice Versa
Length: 2:30 min

Work completed: June 2009
production schedule: two years on and off (accumulated five months from concept to final)

Director, creator: Jacques Khouri
Sound design: Alex Coumatos
Advisor: Christoph Simon

Project type: Short animated film

Synopsis: “Vice Versa” is an animated short film where twins have a debate on how they change the environment, but in the end they find a way to share both of their views.

Tools: Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects
Hardware: HP Laptop

Challenges: This project was completed during my free time from teaching at SCAD and is an exploration in narrative, discourse as well as the CG medium. I wanted to try and tell a story by having panels within panels as well as having multiple action happening within one. Some of the influences for this film were the great illustrator Craig Frazier, big time animator Norman Mclaren and Paul Driesse's "The End of the World in Four Seasons (1995)"

Technically, I wanted everything to be in low resolution to allow me to do everything within my laptop and to also try to generate a CG look that did not take forever to render out. Basically, Work with the medium and not against it. If its hard to do hair then why do it. If high resolution is memory consuming then create a simpler look. On another note I also had to create a rig that would allow me to scale my character's without any problems. I created stretchy legs, arms and body to allow me more flexibility in the animation. No facial animation was needed. For the Special effects, I tried running dynamics and using particle for clouds and dust but opted to hand animated it all so it would blend with the rest of the motion.
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