Dinner's at 6

Director, 2015

This short is about the dynamic of a family, shown through the ritual of sitting up for dinner at 6 o'clock.



Storyboarding using the entire dining room scene made it easier to stage the action and figure out what the character's upper body would be doing at any time.


I wanted the background design to feel quite warm, so there is a lot of wooden surfaces with red and brown tones. The final image had more of a gradation of colour to infer lighting coming from the hallway.


The characters were designed using a consistent colour palette, and so the characters that conflict with each other, have contrasting colours.


The final look was achieved by animating basic 3D characters, then using that as a guide for proportions to rotoscope the animation with the character designs, and hand rendering the colour frame by frame. The linework was then erased to give a bold shape that fit in with the background design.


The film took 35 weeks to make and featured the vocal talents of Ian Shaw and sound design of Matthew Footitt.