- Yesterday, I posted the first part of a look at a short film, Pups of Liberty. It included an interview with Bert & Jennifer Klein the Producer/Directors (and so much more).
Along with the interview response, they sent me a wealth of gorgeous artwork from various phases of the production, and I’ll try to get most of it in today. The text descriptions, below, are written by their Production Designer, James Lopez.
You can view a trailer from their film here.
For the colors, warm colors were chosen to represent the dogs’
surroundings and, in contrast, cool colors to represent the cats.
To start the film, the colors were to portray a pretty town but not
a vibrant one. Only as hope comes alive and tensions run high (The
Boston Tea Party & The Riot) are the more vibrant colors introduced.
Color influences came from some classic Disney films and a desire to
use natural lighting (direct & indirect) as opposed to “staged” lighting.
The story of the movie is left somewhat unconcluded so at the finale,
rather than going full-blown with color, there is a hint at what would be
to come (as the story’s narration suggests).
Initally, the backgrounds were going to be influenced by the stylings
of Dutch artist Anton Pieck. Studies were made to see what the style
would look like with a Colonial theme.
A composite was made with the paint study and the character over
a parchment texture. We we were happy with the result of how the
drawn character married into the drawn environment.
It was a nice style but it involved a unique application that was a labor
to produce and proved to be impoprobable so we explored other, more
We later settled for a pen and ink application on vellum paper in the
rough drawing style of the late Ken Anderson. It allowed us to stay
loose and if there were any mistakes or changes to be made, they
could still be done on paper.
The top two illustrations are visual development for the color and
lighting treatment on the houses. The desired effect was trying to
capture the drama of the shadows cast from the trees by the sun
set low on the horizon.
The middle illustration is a clean-up layout by James Lopez
The bottom illustration is a Production Background painted by James Lopez
Illustration (upper left) Clean-Up Layout by James Lopez
(upper right) Production Background by Barry Atkinson
(below left) water studies by James Lopez
(below right) Production still
The QT movies below are Pencil Tests of scenes by
Right side to watch single frame.