Alan Hawkins on the animation of Hotel Transylvania
Populating Hotel Transylvania 3’s cruise ship with a ton of characters was a major task for Sony Pictures Imageworks
We developed new tools to give animators free rein over the character meshes
1STORYBOARD The task began with storyboarding. Using these a sense of the scene and the number of characters included can be imagined while the script is still being worked on by the writers.
2LAYOUT At the layout stage, artists position the built CG sets and characters into place and add a virtual camera into the scene to help stage the shot. This will establish the camera angle and any camera movement.
3ANIMATION Animators take the layout stage and work from reference, test animation and established walk cycles to bring the characters to life in Maya. The film’s animation style tends to involve significant squash and stretch.
the film’s plot revolves around a holiday on a cruise ship away from Dracula’s hotel