feature film concepts
responsibilities: Concept Design, Digital Painting, Graphic Design
© Athena Studios
Auntie Claus is a stop motion film by Athena Studios, based on the original children's story by Elise Primavera. Included below is some of the early development art I created for various moments in the film.
Mr. Pudding - character design: Alishea Gibson, digital paint: Bob MacNeil
Sign Graphics - I wanted the signs to feel hand made so they could work better in the stop-mo environment
Key Moment- Krampus & Chris
While Krampus is not in the original story, the idea to include him in the film version was thrown around. This scene shows Krampus with Chris Kringle (not the one you're thinking) as they arrive on the outskirts of the North Pole.
Key Moment (sketch) - Kringle's Toy Store
The Kringles lived in New York City and own a toy store. I am from the East Coast and very familiar with NYC, plus I also worked in toys for many years. This image was fun to come up with! I would love to see a detailed stop-mo set of the city streets.
Key Moment (final color) - Kringle's Toy Store
This image differs from the render style of the North Pole seen below. I wanted to experiment with a slight picture book style to the scene. Because the film did not have a solid visual direction to it yet, I figured it was good to explore a bit with these first images.
Key Moment (sketch) - Sophie and the North Pole Meet
This is the first time in the story that the North Pole is actually revealed. Sophie sees it the same time the viewer does. The idea here was to mimic the city streets of NYC, (which Sophie was very accustomed to) but add a bit of visual chaos to the environment. The North Pole, built by Santa Claus has been designed, re-designed, retrofitted and repurposed a thousand times. Making the city feel very much like a Rube Goldberg contraption was the ultimate goal.
Key Moment (final color) - North Pole Revealed
Sophie had already been designed and produced as stop-mo puppet by Athena, but I was given the freedom to take a pass at redesigning her. I opted to go a bit more childish with a bigger head and smaller body.
North Pole Details