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RWBY Volume 9 has released! Here is a page compiling my favorite shots I worked on per episode with a small comment about my work/ collaboration with the team.
rwby volume 9
Favorite memory/ thing I learned from this episode: We kicked off on this episode at the height of the 2021 Texas snow storms, so a lot of my team was unfortunately battling keeping warm as I started on the sequence meeting our favorite mouse, Little. The Art department had over 300 new assets to build for this season (while also working on other projects, AH!), so Little wasn't quite ready for their debut as I begun setting up the shots. SO, I surprised my team by making an adhoc version of Little that I used as a scale reference to get framing as close as possible to final. This led to our team implementing the occassional "adhoc monster" step into our pipeline to keep sequences moving as our art team kept up their wonderful work.
I learned a lot about comedic staging/ cheating the characters around the set. Also, got some practice in handling cameras tracking a group of people walking in space/ holding a conversation. Lastly, tried my hand at two different match cuts between sequences.
Favorite memories were trying to problem solve for two separate technical challenges within different sequences. The first one being for the Raimi camera move; and, how to make Weiss, Blake, and Yang look like they're shrinking without breaking the rigs. For rough layout, I had a blast working with the to scale characters rigs and their tiny variants to purpose a possible solution for it. Animation ended up working their magic and finding an alternative path, but it was fun testing out! 😄 And then secondly, how to fit the tiny girls into Ruby's hood for sequence 3055. The hood rig was pushed to its limits, but I'm very happy with how it turned out!
On this very trippy episode, I got the opportunity to work on the sequences with herbalist in their backroom. These sequences were a great deal of fun to rework and push the angles on the cameras to include some very wide shots of the room so the hookah was in frame. My favorite shots to work on were definitely the first orbit shot and the shot where the camera follows the Cat's magic up the Herbalist.
This episode I got to pitch an idea in Final Camera that I had an absolute blast creating. Originally those cameras were more locked, and did not have a handheld feel to them for the Teapot lady sequence. But in final layout, I played around with the idea that the force of them sucking the tabletop items into their spout would also cause the camera to shake and be pulled towards the teapot lady as well. Which was approved to use in episode! I also got tasked with the big reveal moment at the end of the episode 😄. Welcome back into storyline... Jaune!
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