Friday, June 3, 2011

Inspiration and concepts: The Secret of Kells.

This might be a tad early, considering we're still in the midst of figuring out our story, but I thought I could post this now as food for thought.  While it's not the style we're aiming for, The Secret of Kells is good example of having a clear, cohesive style and just smart design choices to enhance the visual style.

After seeing The Secret of Kells the first time, I scoured the internets for anything I could find on the movie.  Screenshots, promotional images, name it.  So here is a small taste of the fruits of my ransacking endeavors.

I would strongly suggest watching the director's comments; Tom Moore and two of his colleagues go into quite a bit of detail behind the design choices they made, some of the major influences they pulled from, and also a bit of history behind the film.  Really good stuff.  (I own the movie so if anyone would like to see it, just ask.)

Also, if you still haven't seen this film, what the hell is wrong with you.

Design notes:

Character concepts and model sheets:




  1. COOL! I think having model sheets like that would be cool. Not only will it clearly layout our design and character story, but it would put us all on the same page, it would help sell ideas to the producers, its professional, we can always refer back to it when animating to get in their mindset and to really help bring out the character more.

  2. This is awesome Jenn! The character sheets are sweet, and I love the way they use color in the film. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just love the stuff you have posted.... amazing stuff.....Thanks so much for sharing and haven't seen the movie...could u able to upload or where to find? eager to see this...