Welcome to Life & Butterflies! A 3D animated short movie full of color and emotion.
In Life & Butterflies, we want to express life through metaphors, no dialogues needed or complex ideas. Our main character will learn that time flies and that’s just how life works.
We have been working on this project for a while now, and we are almost finished. We want really good results for this project, and we will achieve that with your help!
We are using Blender for the whole project since it’s a very versatile software, it covers all our needs: models, textures, animation, render…
Life & Butterflies is a metaphor for life. We follow a kid playing with his ball until a butterfly captures his attention. From that point he’ll learn that time flies and that there’s no way to stop it since he can’t stop growing up while following that butterfly.
Our story focuses on that feeling we’ve all had at one time. When we were kids, we didn’t care about time, we just wanted to live and play, but suddenly you are an adult and realize that there is no way to go back.
It may sound sad but it isn’t, because growing up gives us the opportunity to discover new things and enjoy every phase of our lives, and that’s precisely what our protagonist is going to find out.
We want the setting of this short in a very colorful and beautiful place. We’ve chosen a park as the main scene, full of trees and with a small creek in the background.
The kind of place where you could go for a walk and forget about time because you enjoy being there.
Technically speaking there are going to be just two characters since one of them is the same person growing up. But we know that everybody changes through the years, we can define every phase of our lives as a different character.
Our main focus (regarding the style) is to make a cartoonish 3D animation, but we also want it to look charming. That’s been a challenge for us throughout the development of the project, we have to take into account character design, environment, proportions, color harmony, and the list goes on and on.
Style is something that you take for granted but if you take a look at different companies making different animations, they don’t look the same at all. You have to make your own way of doing things but still you need them to look good.
We’ve tested different styles, created a guide for it and had several meetings to discuss every single detail of the designs we were working on. Phew! It’s been tough, but we are really happy with the results we are getting.