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Boris Rautenberg"Metropia" Style 2.5D Animation Questions
by on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:17:21 pm

Hello fellow creative cows,

I am working on animation project for which I want to achieve a semi-realistic", textured look. While doing research, I stumbled upon the movie "Metropia", which visually is exactly what I am looking for.

I already set up a test face with all the necessary layers (eye open/close, phonemes, eyebrows, etc..) and "rigged" them. Partially with Dan Ebberts "marker triggering", partially with the "time remapping" method.

It seems to me though, that the "Metropia" guys didn't work with the "phoneme replacement method" but rather separated teeth & lips and animated the lips with the puppet tool.
Is that right, and if yes did you tried it out?

What drives me crazy is the main characters head turns. Not only seems e.g. the perspective of the nose to shift correctly, but also the head turn reveals (formerly hidden) parts of the cheek, hair and ear. I understand that you can fake the ear with moving the separate ear layers in the opposite direction of the head turn.
But how did they do it with the cheek, hair and nose?

No good material on the internet, but you can see a turn between 2:58 and 3:00 here:

Thanks a lot,

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Boris RautenbergRe: "Metropia" Style 2.5D Animation Questions
by on Feb 11, 2011 at 3:44:08 pm

Her is a video were you can see the head movement:

Metropia Head turning

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Stephen SmithRe: "Metropia" Style 2.5D Animation Questions
by on Feb 16, 2011 at 8:38:22 pm

You should take a look at Crazy Talk.

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