Julie Kitsulie here, Animator for Muse:The Animated Series!
It's only been a couple days since the release, but the project has been getting great response! Dominic Howard himself has even tweeted about it!
Takeabow19 has already wrote his own blog post about the Making of the Series, and I wanted to share my side from the Animator's perspective!
When Takeabow19 & I started discussing the pilot for the animated series, I knew there would be a lot of work, and of course lots of fun!
We got to work right away. As the Writer & Director, Takeabow19 set to work on writing & storyboarding out what he envisioned for the movie. I began to create concept designs for the guys:
Everything you saw in cartoon form was hand-drawn. From the Pier down to the last French Fry. In addition, we created lots of characters, & that meant building libraries. Working in Flash, I created Puppets for each of the characters featured in the film:
This was especially important since there was going to be lots of speaking in the movie, we needed a way for the characters to talk.
Every character that moved, had their own library of mouth & hand movements. There were a lot of characters, too!
Detail was very important as well! The Director did tons of research & explained what he wanted for each shot, such as the instruments Matthew Bellamy would be playing for every scene:
Next, came the Animatic Process. An Animatic is a moving storyboard to showcase how the product will look. This is helpful for timing purposes. It lets the Director see how the final product will flow, and helps the Animator know when & where to animate what & how. So, Takeabow19 would send me his storyboards, & I would create a rough animatic from those. Here's an early draft:
Next came working our movie magic! Some of the more epic shots, such as Matthew Bellamy singing WIN with the explosion behind him, or in the library scene where he's rocking out, these shots were animated onto a green screen. Then, Takeabow19 worked his mad movie skills & created the final effect we see in the film:
My favorite part of the animation process was probably studying Matthew Bellamy & the way he rocks out on his guitar. If you've ever been to their concerts or seen them play, you know just how passionate he is when he plays! We just had to capture the essence of that:
The beauty of Animation is that you can bring anything to life that your heart desires. Working on this project has been a rewarding experience, both personally & professionally. I've been a proud Muser for 10 years & I'm beyond ecstatic that I could create a Muse cartoon, help bring Takeabow19's vision to life, and celebrate 20 years of Muse. Thanks to everyone for being part of this.