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Following up our previous story about the style of visual effects used in Bumblebee, director Travis Knight shared more information on how he guided the designers to create a very expressive Autobot:
In working through how he would shoot the film, particularly those tender moments between Charlie and Bumblebee, Knight felt that the best way to explain his vision to the crew was through storyboards. Rather than using designers who storyboard live-action films, he called on artists from Laika to help with his visualizations. “They know my approach and philosophy,” he said, mentioning that the storyboards he wanted didn’t show only camera placement but also aspects of the emotional performance.
A prop that we showed you turned out to be part of a larger reference point for not only the actors but also the computer animators tasked with determining lighting and shading for different scenes.
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