An artist who worked on pre-visualisation concept shots for the Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) movie has uploaded footage to his Vimeo channel that shows a bizarre gremlin-like, placeholder Sonic.
Ellery Ortiz, a pre-visualization artist who works for Digital Domain created the proof of concept footage using early placeholder assets and models to visualise how the scenes would play out in motion. These concept shots are then evaluated by the animators and directors before being filmed and then used by the animators to create the final animation seen in the movie.
Ellery Ortiz said:Working from storyboards, I created animation and defined timing of action in the shots. Sweetened with FX and Lighting elements. Defined camera composition and lens choices for the purposes of storytelling.
The Sonic model used in the shot looks unlike any other version seen, even the one shown in the infamous 2019 trailer.
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Sonic the Hedgehog: Previs (Vimeo)