Toon and actor pt2 initial research

As a starting point, I looked at: Live action character in 2D world, 2D character in live action world, 3D characters in live action world and live action characters in 3D world. I had also looked at some film budgets to compare costs between live action and 2 different animation practices.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from “Mary Poppins”) – Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
Marry Poppins 1964

Live action in 2D world. Everything looks out of place and forced. No eye contact of the live action characters and cartoon characters, cartoon characters have no shadows, the colours don’t match.

a-ha – Take On Me (Official Video) 1984

2D character in live action. Live action into 2D world.  When the live action character goes into the 2D world she is drawn as a 2D character. When the 2D character goes into live action world he is shown as a 2D character until at the end he transitioned into a live action character.  The context that its 2 separate worlds, doesn’t make it seem out of place.
In conclusion: context is one of the key elements to see if the 2D character seems to fit.

Amaro and Walden’s Joyride 2015
https://vimeo.com/128418807
2D characters in a live action world. Carma level mainly at the level of the 2D characters. The camera angle make it seem like the 2D characters are in a different world, exploring. The 2D characters look like they visually fit the live action world.

Halifax with a Scooby doo 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4l0XNZF6hk

2D character into live action.  At the end the 2D characters are back in their own 2D world.

They both seem out of place because of the style of 2D but seem to fit because of the context and the colours aren’t too bright compared to the live action.

Space Jam (1996) Official Trailer – Michael Jordan, Bill Murray Movie HD

Live action character in a 2D world. 2D characters in a live action. It somewhat looks plausible because of the context and lighting of the characters however mainly Seems out of place especially when the live action go into the 2D world.
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) M0vie – Bob Hoskins & Christopher Lloyd & Joanna Cassidy

2D characters in live action. “cartoon set” made colourful, while the 2D characters are coloured darker to somewhat fit in the live action world. The 2D characters have exaggerated movement and shadows. At near the beginning of the film the “cartoony set” looks like it has bright colours of a cartoon.

Budget ( in 2015 conversion) nearly $139 million.

Parasyte Part 2 Live Action Film – Official Trailer

3D hand and creatures in to live action. Looks like the 2 worlds fits into the one world.  From the trailer   the 3D characters looked believable because of the realistic skin and teeth textures.

Attack on Titan: Live Action Trailer

3D characters in live action.

Ryuk explains shinigami eyes – Death Note

3D character into live action.  Seems somewhat believable. Ryuk looks like he fits the most however rem Looks straight out of a video game and out of place on top of the live action.Ryuk has realistic looking hair and furry costume bits.   They both having lighting and shadows. Rem not as much as ryuk.

Death Note (2006)
Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated) by imbd

Ted 2 – Official Trailer (HD) 2015

3D  character into a live action.  Because the character is somewhat realistic and looks like a bear, he looks like he fits the live action world.

Paddington Teaser TRAILER 1 (2014) – Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville Movie HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-d-V9jXYDE

3D character into a live action.  Looks like the 3D character fits the live action world. Probably due to the detail  and how realistic it looks.

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER | Official Teaser Trailer | UK | Paramount

3D character into a live action. The characters still look cartoony and slight out of place in the live action however it fits the context that they’re from a different world.  The lighting and shadows make it seem believable. They only become 3D in the live action world while at the beginning in their own world they are 2D.

“Bare Necessities” Clip – Disney’s The Jungle Book

The 3D characters look realistic to life  so it looks like it fits and not out of place.

Production Budget: $175,000,000

The Jungle Book: Behind the Scenes of the Live Action Filming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSiuQ5bCQHY

Avatar | Official Trailer (HD) | 20th Century FOX 2009

In some sections its live Acton characters in a 3D world. Because it looks so realistic, it visually fits.

Avatar Exclusive -Behind The Scenes (The Art of Performance Capture)

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Quote “ over 900 people at Weta Digital to work on the film’s digital after-effects.”

Avatar – Making Of (Part.1) Creating the World Of Pandora [HD]

Because the movement is captured from the actors through mo-cap, projected on to 3D models. little nuances of movement make the characters look believable full of emotion a lot quicker and more difficult for someone to try and animate that. Then again because its mo-cap they still have to pay someone to apply animation techniques after, for example: anticipation, squash and stretch.

“Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3oSc8gMrGo
2D overlaid in live action footage for a few seconds.  Context of a story where beforehand it was just cut screens to the 2D animation. So, it makes sense.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl Movie CLIP – Happy (2015) – Alexander Skarsgård Movie HD

2D character in live action the context of imagination. The set up beforehand makes it seem believable. That the 2 worlds are clearly separate, the believe ability of the 2D character placed in the live action footage seems down to the context that she is imagined.
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ANCHORS AWEIGH (1945)

2D character into live action. Jerry looks out of place.
Quote from  “ threemovie buffs”
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The one scene where Jerry is dancing with an actor cost them $100,000.
Entire film budget: $ 2,580,000
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – The 3 Rules of Living Animation

In conclusion if it’s an animation on top of a live action, the characters need to have matching lighting, shadows, have eye level with the live action characters, interact with the live action set movement of the items from the live action set to make it seem somewhat believable to the audience.

In conclusion: lighting and shadows can make or break believe ability.
-Context can play in if the character seems out of place or not.
-2D characters with shadows and lighting on top of live action makes it look purposeful, without it makes it very irritating to look at and seem out of place.
-2D characters, people automatically assume its “imagination” or a separate world.
Colours of the cartoon characters need to somewhat match the live action footage to make it look like it belongs.
-If 3D models don’t look photo-realistic, it can easily look out of place combined with live action.

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