I don't think anything I did was actually used; it was mostly exploratory stuff but here are some of the drawings:
Turns out that Turkeys aren't the most beautiful creatures in the world.
Their heads are pretty rude looking, actually and the director, Ash Brannon asked me to see if I could cuten them up somewhat.
Here was a basic generic turkey that wasn't too complicated to animate that I figured we could do some animation experiments with. The movie is CG and I was asked to help the animators get a more cartoony, Warner Bros. movement as opposed to the typical Pixar-Dreamworks style of motion.
MAIN CHARACTER NERDY:
Then I found out that Reggie would be played by Owen Wilson so I was asked to try making thew character look kinda like him.
I did some straight caricatures first:
I tried applying some of his characteristics to the turkey:
The movie is a buddy film, so there are 2 leads. Owen's Reggie, has a partner named Brock, a big manly turkey played by Woody Harrelson.
I don't think I actually tried making his character look like him, but here are some initial studies of Brock:
It was pretty hard to make a manly character also look like a turkey, so I finally settled on this:
I really wondered if they could translate a 2d cartoon drawing into a 3d model. Here's where it started:
It eventually looked pretty good. I asked for some asymmetry and cartoon concepts like line of action and negative shapes. We also studied clips from classic cartoons and the Reel FX crew quickly picked it up.
I drew some storyboards too but this is a long post so if you're interested I'll show them in another post:
FREE BIRDS comes out on November 1 to celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a wacky family film, so bring the kids.
Here's the website and