Saturday, January 19, 2013

Brave animation reel

Here is a compilation of the shots I animated for Brave:

Brave Reel from Victor Navone on Vimeo.

I was just going to animate a shot or two on Brave for fun… I never like to miss working on a Pixar feature if I can help it.  Then Brave production started missing deadlines, and they needed all the help they could get, so I was enlisted to be full-time on the show for about 3 months. Nevertheless it was still fun; working with Mark Andrews is a blast, and I got to do some juicy shots. I especially enjoyed the scene of Elinor eating the cake, and I did a lot of research on people trying to conceal disgust. Emma Thompson's vocal performance was hugely inspirational, and I referenced Lucille Ball and WIlliam Shattner as well.  On a technical note, this was the first time I ever had the chance to animate neck muscles.

As for the triplet shots, the snot gag was my idea. Love it or hate it, I thought it was true to young kids' behavior, and it ended up in the trailer!  I also came up with the chicken-on-the-head idea.  I don't claim think it's funny (mostly I think it's weird).  There were no storyboards for this sequence, and I was tasked with using the chicken in a way that would frighten Maudie but would be funny to the audience.  This was one of about 5 ideas I tried, and it seemed to get the best reaction.

You can see some of my planning drawings here:



  1. Enjoyment- Check!

    Good Stuff Victor, I really enjoyed the cake eating bit, I think it was my favorite of the lot.

    Yeah, I noticed the neck muscles, before reading your description on animating them. I'm glad you guys got to have that control!

  2. Thank you sooo much for posting this with the sketches. It´s really a blast to go through the thought process.
    Did you do some animation that was not in the final film, or did you spend the three months refining these (great) shots?

  3. Congrats to you guys on the Oscar! Yay Pixar!!