Motion

Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto

By:
Tabia Lees, Millivette Gonzalez & Valerie Sattazahn
Tabia Lees, Millivette Gonzalez & Valerie Sattazahn
Millivette Gonzalez
Tabia Lees
Valerie Sattazahn
GMUNK 8 D.S.H. 8 J.S. 9 P.T. 7.7 A.M. 5.5 V.M.H. 9 J.M. 7.5 V.C. 8.3 P.K. 6 C.H. 9 Creative 7.8 GMUNK 8 D.S.H. 8 J.S. 8.75 P.T. 7.6 A.M. 7 V.M.H. 8.5 J.M. 8 V.C. 7.8 P.K. 7 C.H. 8.5 Design 7.9 GMUNK 8.5 D.S.H. 9 J.S. 8.5 P.T. 8 A.M. 7.5 V.M.H. 8.5 J.M. 8 V.C. 7.4 P.K. 8 C.H. 9 Craft 8.2 GMUNK 8.2 D.S.H. 8.3 J.S. 8.8 P.T. 7.8 A.M. 6.7 V.M.H. 8.7 J.M. 7.8 V.C. 7.8 P.K. 7 C.H. 8.8 Total 8
Stellar Moves is an animated short film produced at Ringling College by Millivette Gonzalez, Tabia Lees, and Valerie Sattazahn for their senior thesis project. It tells the story of Pluto, an uncoordinated plutoid who loves to dance, and his quest to become a member of his favorite dance crew, The Planets.
The Concept

The concept was to create a movie around Pluto that represents the statement, "be true to yourself". An uncoordinated and wimpy nerd who loves to dance like no one is watching realizes being himself is better than being a "planet".

Early sketches of Pluto
Reference and inspirational imagery
Sun Design was created using Photoshop
The Production

The students were responsible for all aspects of the film, excluding sound design and music. They produced the film using a combination of Maya, ZBrush, Mari, Photoshop, Renderman 19 RIS, NukeX, and After Effects.

The Earth model was created using Maya, Zbrush and Photoshop.
Plato's Room Props were created using Maya, Zbrush, Mari and Photoshop
Dance Show stage was created using Maya, Zbrush, Mari and Photoshop
The stellar boombox model was created using Maya and Renderman
Nuke was used for grading and various integrations while After Effects was used for the backgrounds such as dust elements and generating stars.
Final

The animated short shares Pluto's story in a heartfelt and fun way. The animation is stellar and gives popular animation powerhouses a run for their money.

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