!@(projects/misc/stu-tub-face.jpg popimg: “Stuart in a Washing Machine”)The evolution of the first Stuart Little film was a very interesting process to watch as we created the star of the film to fill the empty mostly photographic plates. This was one of the very first times a CG character held a major role in a film so it was a big step for everyone involved. During some of the early screenings of the movie there were a number of awkward moments as you tried to imagine the action on-screen and determine whether it was “working” or not. As the mouse was finished in more and more shots it became clear that the film worked in a fun and quirky way. Everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief. The film was released in December 1999 to a great opening box office and favorable reviews.

This was my first project at Sony Imageworks and was a great experience for me. I ended up with the credit of Lead Effects Animator and was involved in most of the effects animation in the film. On the side, I helped out a little with some of the cloth simulation work and a few other small tasks here and there.

A few selections from my shots are detailed below.

!@(projects/misc/stu-bed.jpg popimg: “Stuart in his Bed”) Bedsheet wrinkles and depressions for cg mouse (animation & shading) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-brush.jpg popimg: “Stuart Brushing his teeth”) Droplets of water and toothpaste (animation & shading) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-tub1.jpg popimg: “Stuart in a Washing Machine”) Enhanced practicle water with cg ripples, drips, bubbles and other interaction animation, shading & lighting !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-tub2.jpg popimg: “Stuart in a Washing Machine”) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-tub-face.jpg popimg: “Stuart in a Washing Machine”) Created cg waterline, water dripping down glass and handprints (animation, shading & lighting) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-soap.jpg popimg: “Stuart in a Washing Machine”) Cg soapbubble (animation & shading) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-sewer1.jpg popimg: “Stuart in the Sewer”) Cg water enhancements including interactive ripples (animation & shading) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-crackers.jpg popimg: “Stuart in a box of crackers”) Cg fish crackers to interact with stuart’s fall (animation & lighting) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-tear.jpg popimg: “Stuart crys”) Cg teardrop & clumped wet fur path (animation & lighting) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-sail1.jpg popimg: “Stuart Sails”) Extended horizon with cg ocean (animation & shading) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-sail2.jpg popimg: “Stuart falls down the sail”) Cg sail to interact with stuart (animation, shading & lighting) !@— !@(projects/misc/stu-park.jpg popimg: “Central Park in Stuart Little”) Added 3d move to matte painting (animation & compositing)

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