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This project was so fun to animate; the clients gave us a lot of freedom to push both the animation and the humour more than we had in previous spots in this campaign. Bird lipsync is tricky because beaks only open and close, they don't articulate different shapes like a human mouth does. I approached this problem by animating the lipsync first while the body was static; I paid close attention to the emphasis of the VO read and reflected that in the animation with as much variation as I could. Once I was sure the lipsync was working technically, I looked for places where I needed a little help from head movement to really sell it. Once I had that working, it was just a matter of laying on the overall body movement and adding some smaller bird-like movements to take it home.

Project Roles
The Mill
3D, Maya
3D Animations
Project Industries