Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of an animated feature film? In this blog post, we'll take a look at the making of Butterfly Tale. From the story development to the animation process, we'll explore how the filmmakers brought this heartwarming tale to life. Director Sophie Roy shares her insights on the creative decisions that went into making this 3D adventure movie for families.
Butterfly Tale is a story about Patrick, a disabled butterfly who cannot fly, and a young caterpillar named Marty who can’t wait to become a Monarch and Jennifer who is afraid of heights. To make the story as realistic as possible, Sophie Roy and the scriptwriters had to do a lot of research on butterflies and their behaviors. They wanted to incorporate elements of the migration process and the natural behaviors of caterpillars and butterflies into the story, while also making it accessible and entertaining for all ages.
"We worked really hard to integrate the reality of the migration and the reality of what butterflies and caterpillars do," Roy explains. "It was very important for me to have some realistic aspects into the script."
After the script was written, the team moved on to storyboarding. This is where they mapped out the scenes and visualized how the story would unfold on screen. As the storyboard progressed, the team discovered new ways to enhance the story and create a more engaging experience for the audience.
"Through a storyboard, the story grows obviously because now we start to see some action and what's happening," Roy says. "We see some of the things that are working, some of the things that aren't working."
Once the storyboard was complete, the team moved on to the animatic process. This is where the pacing of the film was determined. The script, dialogue, and action from the storyboard were all combined to create a final movie that the animators would later bring to life.
"It's very important to make sure that everything is tight and that all the beats are there and all the dialogue is correct because there are no rushes at this stage" Roy explains. "We animate exactly what is storyboarded. So we have a final movie drawn before the animators actually touch any scenes."
With the final animatic in hand, the hundreds of other artists involved in the production began their work. This included everything from building the characters and environments to creating the animation, music, and sound effects. It was a massive undertaking that required a great deal of coordination and collaboration between everyone involved.
Despite the challenges, the end result is a beautiful and heartwarming film that captures the magic of the butterfly migration and the power of friendship. Butterfly Tale is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team involved in its creation and is sure to be a favorite for families for years to come.