Building a Flying Saucer

For the scene I’m doing right now, I felt that it was important to show some of the ships rotating so that the shot looks more alive. Here’s how I’m going about it.

And here is the saucer in motion.


8 thoughts on “Building a Flying Saucer

    • I love seeing this blend of 2D tricks and digital tools. I agree in a computer graphics house this would take a bunch of people, but it also took a bunch of people in the old school animation with drawings, cells to paint and camera. Then waiting for the film to come back from the lab. Knowing how it was done in 2D and then harnessing the digital tools is the best of both worlds. Keep going, Michael. This blog is amazing. I’m loving it.

      • Woops, didn’t realize I had such a strange display name. I fixed it for the future but this is Dori.

  1. Good idea!
    This is a sure example of keeping the high quality animation that major studios would produce at just a tiny fraction of the cost by going at it independently.

    These kinds of small animation tricks and shortcuts often don’t get such attention on how it’s done.. thanks for sharing such dedication to detail.

  2. I’m enjoying these videos very much. I graduated as a computer animator so I know the work involved in creating a few seconds of animation. Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of work in the animation business at the time I graduated so I had to find other ways to pay the bills.As I’m following your videos, I’m getting more inspired to start animating again. Keep up the great work!

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