© 2017 by Nick A. Erickson.

"Smooch" is my first fully developed film that I have created at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I am responsible for everything that you see in the film, from the character design all the way to the rigging and animation. Below, you will find a "behind-the-scenes" section revealing early concept, inspiration, and developmental work that helped build "Smooch" into the whimsical, funny, and sexy film that it is today.

Concept & Development

When conceiving the idea for "Smooch", I wanted to give the film a whimsical, magical, and an overall stunning appearance, creating a look that was elegant, yet maintained a youthful sexiness at the same time. My inspiration particularly derived from vintage Hollywood glamour, combining the visual and mental influences of Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and the 1962 film "Lolita". I utilized the aesthetics of these references to create an original, humorous love story that rings a familiar bell with the tale of the princess and the frog.  

Experimenting with color for the film was a really fun process but also a pretty tricky task. I wanted to choose a color palette that showed a warm, sunny day in a garden that would house both flowers and frogs, while also representing a young sun-bather's dream-like state of mind. Exploring various schemes and tones, I ended up combining a few of them in order to capture the final look that you see in "Smooch".

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