Welcome to the jungle
in contrast to its sprawling city architecture, animal logic also had to design a jungle environment For the lego ninjago movie
the smallest details:
Animal Logic production designer Kim Taylor asked, ‘What would a jungle look like to a Lego mini-fig?’ That meant plant and rock designs resembled backyard foliage – things a child might also find to build the world with. Taylor macro-photographed and scanned leaves, small trees and even moss (as seen here) for reference.
The timeline to get Lego Ninjago made was tight, which often meant environments were designed quickly in 3D, sometimes even using the VR tool Tilt Brush. “I also used to get my camera and shove it underneath a bush to see what worlds were down there,” says Taylor. “I really wanted to capture that micro-world on the big screen in this film.”
close to final:
Animal Logic’s art department took concept and test shots to near-final results, staying true to the studio’s idea about aiming to keep the jungle at miniature Lego proportions. Says Taylor of the results: “If you were to put a camera at the height of a mini-fig and look around one of the jungles, the plants look like plants do at that scale – it's not just a giant tree scaled down.”