So I wanted to try my hand at doing a musical number. Challenge myself to explore something different. The goal being to tell a quick, simple story with appeal and entertaining characters. I set my sandbox limits and gave myself a super short deadline.
With a only a rough idea in my mind, I did some thumbnails—treating them like a visual version of the Post-It Splatter exercises I’d done in Rusty Gray’s Memorable Animator workshop (highly recommend!) I took earlier this year. The characters and basic story beats sprang from there, prompting more thumbnails.
Picking and choosing different bits from my thumbnails I did some rough boards which I then synced to the song. I’m a child of the 70’s, which may explain my choice of Captain and Tennille’s Shop Around. But besides the obvious nostalgia factor, I felt the song had great potential—it was perfect for what I had in mind.
You can check out the proof of concept for Shop Around by clicking here.
Here are the thumbnails below. Click image to enlarge.