Mixing 3D and 2D Animation

Overview

Tea Time is an animated short film about the love for tea!

Brief

Tea Time was my bachelor’s project in which i wanted to cover the whole production pipeline in order to create an animated film. My goal was to achieve a good mix of animated 3D and 2D elements.

The documentation of this project’s creative process in book form
Compositing breakdowns of the different passes, as well as some 2,5D trickery done in Adobe After Effects

Result

The story of the film was quite important to me, which is why I put great emphasis on creating a solid storyboard as well as ananimatic. Based on these, I made a detailed plan for each shot and was able to animate with the right timing in mind.

The 3d modeling, rigging, skinning as well as animation were done in 3ds Max. I rendered separate object passes using a custom toon shader and the built-in Scanline Renderer.

Overlaying the 3D rendered animation I animated / rotoscoped the 2D-elements using Toon Boom Harmony.

At the end, everything was composited in Adobe After Effects.