Sunday, December 31, 2017
I started on Ferdinand in 2014. We had a few style guide pages put together that were really helpful, including a proportion break-down indicating we would follow a "big-small-tiny" theme. We had a couple of rough character designs done, but not a full line-up, so I couldn't key off any specific character motifs. There was an early draft of the script I could reference, but no idea as to the era/time, just location... "Ronda, Spain". These were my very first pencil sketches.
It was the last film I worked on while still with Blue Sky. I had more fun on this film than any other film I've worked on to date. I love the simplicity of the characters, the styling, and the storytelling.
I saw it with a full theater of kids who were held for the entire running time with no bail-outs... even the parents managed to keep off the cel phones!J ust a great experience, and a film I am really proud to have worked on.