Away: A Whole Animated Feature Made by One Artist

Gints Zilbalodis created a 75-minute-long animated film on his own using Autodesk Maya. 

Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis created a whole animated feature on his own. The Away film was included in festivals around the world. 

Gints revealed that he divided the movie into four parts and worked on them separately and asked the state for grant funding of his pieces, although, the funding wasn’t that big. The production pipeline didn’t include scripts and was based on a few concept sketches. The movie is fully done in Maya, including rendering. 

“I would open up Maya and load the characters and I’d be looking around in there. The whole first chapter is almost entirely in one Maya file. I could just take the camera and scout the location and I would look for interesting angles and I would do some very rough animation and see how I could edit those together. While I was doing this, I was also figuring out what the characters would do exactly. There was a lot of experimentation.”

Gints Zilbalodis via an article on Cartoon Brew

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