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Directed by John Kahrs, Disney has just posted the complete film online. Pretty much the greatest blending of 2D/CGI compositing i've ever seen. Brings back the feel of how powerful 2D is ( when it isn't being talked down next to CGI). Brilliant stuff!





The Making of PAPERMAN:

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zeroshyne Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   General Artist
that was some great stuff. i like this concept of gci w/ 2d feel to it.
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CandyRobot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is so beautiful, when I first saw it my eyes watered.
I would love to join a team to continue developing this sort of technique in the near future.

Do you know what software they're using for the calculated vector lines?
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn that's good very good lol... think they've finally achieved getting a 2D look and feel in animation , It more fluid than traditional animation though.
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Prophet-Blaq Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Filmographer
Respect for posting this up, when I seen this in the movie I got into some funk with some1 over if it was 3d or 2d and had no idea it was both. Watching the break downs really helps too. Also you really inspire a lot of young kats out her my self included so thank you and I hope your art keeps takin you higher.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah it's a cool technique they used for this hsort. Also, thanks for the words. Much appreciated, brother. I'm truly humbled.
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oOlinstant0miso0soup Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Man I hope they make more films like this..! This is the next generation of theatrical animation (I hope!).
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albieart Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Amazing! Shows the potential of combining 2D and CGI!!!
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cried man... I really did. Man tears!
More Disney. Please!
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Timinithis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I just saw this right before Wreck-It Ralph. I really enjoyed it. The artwork was amazing.
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riazkhan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing, I really appreciated it. :D
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mightymike95 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Agree!
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BrooklynPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1 minute in and I'm floored.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The "Making Of" documentary clip reveals the mind-bending technique behind the magic of the "PAPERMAN" animated short, and I appreciate where the director's heart is. But I cannot help feeling a bit let down by a process that is still a marriage, but a lopsided one. The digital models are merely resurfaced with "hand-drawn" sketches (not traditionally done at all, as we are led to believe). And the reason the in-betweens are so smooth is because they use a computer program to blend the movements FOR them. I had suspected as much. Although it is still a marvel, I confess that I am disheartened that so much of the traditional technique is faked, and it is the digital wizardry which dominates all but the story (which retains its wondrous and warm heart).
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MatthiusMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
i am of the same feeling ^^
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MatthiusMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
maybe im biased and as nice as this is, i still don't think it fee/ looks as nice as normal hand drawn animation looks cool tho but its defiantly not a replacement for traditional animation to me still feels kinda cgi-ish
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MatthiusMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
maybe if they did the hand drawn animation first and used the cgi to color texture that it'd feel different ?
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Zr0wing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont mind new strides in technology or new processes so long as they dont become so cumbersome that they can be a barrier of entry. I work in both 2d and 3d and the 2 processes are stikingly different and I would like to see the day when software gets out of the way a little.
I do think a marriage of the 2 has the potential to produce something beautiful. But there is no best between the two.
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Mark-MrHiDE-Patten Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Then Cartoon Network kills somehow.... what?!
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Cocodoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Just the other day I tried to look for this but now I finally get to see it. Thank you for posting this! The way the movie was made was just so amazing, I really love it.
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csanati Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
inspiring.
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Rebel-House Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I was literally just reading about this in an Animation magazine in school. I came home to check DA before looking it up and whaddaya know, you've posted about it. I'm still in love with 2D animation, I don't care that the american culture has shifted towards this obsession with 3D animation. 2D has more soul. lol
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ReetLegna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   General Artist
I'd like to see the process one day on how they achieved this, particularly the line weights and lines around the models.
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shedano Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
I would too, but it looks as if they literally animated everything in 3d, the lined it all in 2d. As simple as that sounds, the compositing work must have been hell to render.
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Sound-Resonance Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
There are a few small behind-the-scenes featurettes for it on youtube, here's an example.

[link]
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shedano Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hell yeah. Thank you. ...I actually understood all that. hahahaha. No matter how little I use the 3d programs...it is forever ingrained into my head it seems. Well...still some drawing...but not the kind 2d artists would be hoping for. It's like the motion tweening in FLASH.
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ReetLegna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   General Artist
That could be? I know that there are ink and paint textures and scripting you can use on some 3D software, but how they managed to maintain the clean crisp lines and particularly on the inside lines of the models is what gets me, In other ink and paint effects I find the it generates obscure lines also the lines can sometimes jitter, but in this they've managed to rid them selves of those hindrances.

Here's another example of a beautiful transition from 2D to 3D [link]
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shedano Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
I wonder how they managed to composite it so fluidly, though. It's an idea of the possibility. Not saying I'm right because I have no idea how they used it, but that is one way of doing it that I know works... (however painful it might be).
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Sound-Resonance Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
There are a few small behind-the-scenes featurettes for it on youtube, here's an example.

[link]
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ReetLegna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   General Artist
Ahhh... thankyou very much! Freakin' brilliant! It's a combination of 3D texturing and the use of a new technology which allows 2D lines to be applied then added to the scene which then get animated the same way a 3D object would amazing. I've always dreamed of such technology.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Just more tools in the toolbox, used by a deft hand and a superbly creative mind with a brilliant imagination. The marriage between the two formats was always inevitable. As I always say, with the proper balance struck, there are no limits to what can be realized. However, choosing digital exclusively, to the obsolescence of the traditional, is not balance. :)
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jusdog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree. Studios are always looking for what is 'cheaper.' When 3d was first being played with by Lasseter and his friends, it was always "is it cheaper?" I hate it when formats aren't looked at as tools, but rather a means to achieve a smaller bottom line. Hopefully, with the advent of kickstarter, and better online capabilities, more artists will find ways to do all forms of motion art:] and more studios!!
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Same for 2D. I think they both work well on their own, clearly. But it's always nice when a mind who understands the value and appeal of both, can come together and make them live. It's a novel ability, not many can pull it off.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
YOU can. DO it.
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Nukilik Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
This makes me ponder... is there still a future for ACTUAL 2D animation?

This looks great and most people see the same charm they find in traditional animation in it. So if this spreads why would studios bother with 2d anymore? :(
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shedano Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
You're right. Most 2d animation studios are in Japan or Korea. However...with this one it looks as if they hand animated first like a layout, then used 3d animation, then went over it again with 2d lines to pronounce a 2d 'feel'. I guess they would use 2d animators for that...but it probably won't be using many 2d artists.
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Roboworks Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Someone just send this to me... Oh man! That got such a nice effect on this! Somebody get this dude some money! Quick!!
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Kurotoboe Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i almost cried. . .
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ssjvitelo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i remember seeing this when i saw wreck it ralph. great short.
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pauscorpi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
absolutely amazng - i haven't felt like this about a Disney movie since the Classics :silentkitty:
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vins-mousseux Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh they posted it online, that 's pretty sweet. I remember seeing it alongside Wreck-it-Ralph and I've wanted to see it again since then.
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MJ-Johnson Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I loved this... OMG... It was so cute and touching and subtly funny. I hope there's more things like this in the future.
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NemoAlleinTraumwelt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks for sharing it's so awesoooome ^^
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
But it won't "Change" animation.
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BeakDoctorMobius Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What will?
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Zr0wing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why does animation have to be "changed"? Why cant the improvisation just be left up to the artist...the artist needs no middle man...
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BeakDoctorMobius Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Calm your testicles.

I'm just asking, could anything even change it?
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:iconzr0wing:
Zr0wing Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sry if if I came off harsh ..didnt mean to,Im just of the opinion that its up to the artist and not the software/tool to create certain outcomes.
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BeakDoctorMobius Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's fine. I just hardly ever see animation being something that'll change, so I question the idea of that even happening at all.
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LouHolsten Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional
It was great to finally see this. Amazing! As far as 2d/3d animated shorts that have been blended well, I always thought that the creators of Salesman Pete did a great job.
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Toxicbob2000 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I really have a lot of hopes based on this . . . this is a so far ahead of the "conspicuous CGI" stuff you used to see, and shows real promise for the combination of CGI and 2D animation.
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