Monday, October 18, 2010

My Eyes Can't Unsee This

Rain sent all of us working on the Keanuville project a link to a YouTube video this morning. She wrote: "Okay, Keanuville team, lest you think I might be exaggerating this phenomenon..." She is referring, of course, to the stalker-like obsession that millions of women (and men) have for Keanu Reeves, which she writes about in her song.

BONUS: this fantasy video is set to an extra schmaltzy Celine Dion soundtrack.
BONUS #2: Sasha followed up Rain's email by mentioning that a second video by the girl who made the above may be "even more unsettling."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Keanu Reeves: A Face Too Pretty To F Up

I am having a fun time cartoon-izing Sasha, the actress who will be in the "Keanuville" video. She is one of us- you know, a normal person. On the other hand, I am being frustrated by my attempts to make a cartoon Keanu. Because he is not one of us. He is one of the Beautiful People. As I start stripping away some of the details from his face (so that I can then animate and redraw him over and over quickly), he starts to lose a lot of his Keanu-ness, and just looks like Regular Handsome Guy. I had to do a lot of different versions before I settled on this one. Rain is less worried about how closely he looks to his real-life counterpart than I am, so I guess we'll leave it at that. Her only other suggestion is that we change Sasha's hair to a lighter, blonde color, since I am animating a fantasy/dream sequence, and she would imagine herself to be younger.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Initial Tracings for Characters

Started using Flash today to do some tracings of both the actress and Keanu's faces. I basically do some simplified tracings over actual photos of the 2 people, in order to learn how their faces are constructed, and to start to strip away some of the details. Also, in the case of Keanu, it's to figure out which of the many looks of Keanu we want to go with. Rain thinks we should go with the "Something's Gotta Give" era.

Not sure why I made him look like a monkey in some of these drawings. He is not simian looking at all in real life.