Thursday, August 20, 2009
As I have said before, to animate the Sprite was a big challenge to me. There was no typical model sheet for her. She had different shapes throughout the segment and we had to invent as we went. One scene in particular that I animated, the Sprite takes the shape of a squirrel as she climbs up a tree real fast.
In a few other scenes she had legs so we could see her running from the Firebird.
I remember the very first scene I did with her. I animated it and showed to the supervising animator, Tony DeRosa. He took a look at it and said we should show the directors. Tony had not done a single scene yet up to that time so he was still discovering things.
We showed the scene to the directors, Paul and Gaetan Brizzi. When Paul saw it he was very disappointed and got up and said "this is NOT the Sprite!" Actually, no one knew how to do her and I was upset with myself and thinking that maybe my carrer at Disney would be a short one.
Me and Tony went back and he gave me a few suggestions and I re- did the scene. I showed the scene again and then both directors loved it and said "that NOW is the Sprite".
After that scene, they loved all the other ones I did and I had no problems and my Disney carreer looked more promissing.
But that very first scene.....