this project was truly extraordinary in its nature. Pixelfederation asked us to create cutscenes for their project Morning Men. We received all those beautiful artworks in PSD format, and simple notes about what is about to happen in each cutscene....
...YOU ALL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS - TOTAL CREATIVE FREEDOM!
So we decided to go for 3D diorama style. We extracted all the depth layers, and recreated them in 3D, because we wanted to use our custom Handycam-like camera movement, with all the irregularities in the movement, and refocusing. Some of the characters were completely 3D. With a heavy use of camera projections, and rotoscoping, we were able to quickly iterate to decent looking animatics, which gave us enough time to tweak cuts and actions.
Here are the results:
Despite the fact, the Pixelfederation guys were very happy with our work, the game was discontinued. That is why some of the cutscenes do not have an audio track. Here is the last unfinished cutscene in animatic form.
Big thanks to Pixelfederation for allowing us to show the cutscenes.