THE COMMUTE

SHORT FILM

On his commute to work, an old monster just wants to get from point A to point B.  Until a young girl steals his briefcase and all hell breaks lose.

About the Project

‚ÄčThis was my senior capstone project for my last year of university.  I've had this idea for a couple of years to explore a friendship between an old monster and a teenage girl.  I even did some test animations for it early on before deciding there was something worth pursuing in this story. My project was to create pre-production work: Assets, storyboards, scripts, and environments.

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Release Date: May 2020

Role: Director, Animator

Tools: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop

CREDITS

Director and Producer: RJ Kroeplin

Environment Artist: RJ Kroeplin and Gavin Popken

Animators: Patrick Shay, Adam Bordsen, Ashlyn Hughes, and RJ Kroeplin

CONCEPT ART

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CONCEPT SKETCH

Pre-production

Margo and Stan.  This sketch was done during the preliminary stage before the story became what it is.

CREATED ASSETS

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QUINN'S RIG

created using Autodesk Maya Rig

The Jasmine Rose rig was remodeled and polished for the film with new hair and outfit.

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STAN'S RIG

created using Autodesk Maya Rig

The rig was bought and clothes were added to make the character become Stan.

THE INSPIRATION

2018 Animation Test

For a class in university, I animated a fight scene and this became the inspiration for this short film.  In this version, a young girl and a monster go on an adventure to find her parents and along the way they run into strange enemies.

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