Better Farming Practices - Wood Turtle

The first project I worked on at Wonderlust - from storyboard to final image. An educational PSA for farmers in Nova Scotia to help protect the endangered Wood Turtle.


This was not only my first project since starting at Wonderlust, but also my first "solo" project since entering the commercial world. I took direction from Ryan Rumbolt and a lot of guidance from our lead motion designer, Arm Sattavorn. There were a lot of firsts for me as I went along, so I tried to absorb everything they taught me like a sponge, and they were immeasurably patient with me while I figured out the process.

 

First off, Storyboards. It's not often that I have enough time to plan out lighting at this stage, and I was very happy to be able to. I knew that I was going to be way out of my depth when it came down to illustrating the styleframes, so I put a lot of care into making these. 


Creating Styleframes was definitely my biggest challenge on this project. Most of the illustration work I had done before this was personal, so there was a lot of trial and error before I landed on something that looked good and communicated well. Thankfully I had a lot of help and critique from Arm and Ryan, whose combined knowledge and experience could not be appreciated enough as I fumbled my way around color, style, and technique, until we finally found a style we thought would look good. Here are a few of my favorite ones from the project.


When it came down to animation, I did a lot of my roughs on 4's and drew the inbetweens during cleanup, since I knew I would be doing most of it myself. I got some help on cleanup from Maude Ashby while I moved on to compositing. I was relatively new to After Effects at the time, so it was a learning process to put everything together. Again, Arm Sattavorn helped me a lot during this stage, especially on the more challenging shots (the waves on the river, the car on the road, etc.) All in all, it was pretty fun to figure out! Below are a couple of process shots from the video.