Think Brilliance

An idea who wants to be brilliant, but...

This is my animation final project short-film while attending Vancouver Film School's 3D and Visual Effects program.

behind the scenes

animation process

Mr. Lightbulb's animation was approached with traditional animation in mind. Instead letting the computer dictate how the ideas and poses would be, I started all with sketching every idea and pose needed, plan it all out on paper, to make sure the flow wasn't lost due to any technical limitations.


Once, in the computer I used a very basic and almost broken rig, that would allow me to place the major masses of the character where needed, and then, to keep the animation more gestural, and true to it's traditional form, I sculpted on top of each frame to get the proper feeling that was intended. This allowed me to approach the shot more like drawings/maquettes rather than separate pieces like it's usually done in most 3D productions.

miscellaneous process images

early hand-drawn test

lights test

This is one of the very first hand-drawn tests which was fundamental to explore who the character is? how would the character behave, and what kind of graphic shapes would he need to hit.


Before even approaching the computer, it only seemed like a good idea to explore the character without any of the constrains that the computer gives us. Although the test, is pretty primitive, it gave me a lot of information, on the feelings of Mr. Lightbulb.

This a light animation test that I did in Nuke for Fernando (lighter) before he sent the animation to render with all the shading and lighting, so that he could hook up the timing of when Mr. Lightbulb was going to be on and off.


Fernando did an amazing job, at setting up Nuke for me so that he could just explain me how to key-frame the lights, and made it feel so intuitive to animate on.


festival and features


Animation, Modeling, Rigging, Storyboards, Voice Acting / Diego De la Rocha

Audio / Matthew Thomas

Audio (Timing) / Daniel Ferreira

Character Design / Georgina Romo

Concept Develepment / Chris De la Rocha

Lighting & Compositing / Luis Fernando Centurión Figueroa

Matte Painter & Colourist / Shivas Thilak

MEL Tools / Sirak Ghebremusse

Screenplay / Sean Anthony Davis

Title Sequence Director of Photography / Arcelia Ocaña


© 2011 - 2017 Copyright DIEGO DE LA ROCHA


the scenes




process images