Sony Pictures Imageworks, the Vancouver-based animation studio behind Netflix’s Over the Moon, has released three short making-of videos that touch on some of the unusual challenges posed by the feature.
The film is partly set on the dark side of the moon, which is imagined as a technicolor wonderland full of whimsical creatures and magic dust. Creating a plausible fantasy world means inventing many rules about how things within it look and behave. In a cg production like this one, scores of animators, modelers, rigging and texturing artists, and others besides help define these rules.
In one video, cg supervisor Clara Chan delves into the architecture of Lunaria, the film’s day-glo galactic city. She points out that its buildings constantly change profile as they turn, and that the structures gain in complexity the closer they are to the city’s center: