Infinitum is the biggest and most personal project I’ve worked on. It started in 2005 at a College class with professor Claudia Bolshaw, at the Design Course of Pontifícia Universidade Católica [PUC] from Rio de Janeiro.
Me and Gabriel Pires got together as a team to elaborate a 30 minute film to the city’s planetarium, which is beside the College. We tried different roles, characters and techniques, always in dialogue with the chief astronomer there. As a class final product, we had developed the script, characters designs, storyboard and the animatic of Infinitum.
The story is about four teenagers that sit in pairs at school to play an astronomical game called Infinitum. The objective is to be the first team to launch a discovering satellite into the black hole at the end of the board, and as they start to play, we enter their imagination as if they were really travelling Space…
At the time it was not of their interest to really produce the movie, but at the end of 2009 they called us back. We were already graduated for a year and I was leaving my job at Consequência animation studio, where I worked for 28 months.
We had to rewrite, redesign, animate and direct the role movie, which was probably the biggest challenge we ever faced at work, and we are very thankfully for Marcos Magalhães to let that happen.
The movie took the year 2010 to produce. Gabriel took care of the shading, lighting and rendering settings and I was in charge of all the rigging. As a planetarium movie, it’s full with astronomical knowledge, directed to the teenage public, and it was planned from beginning as a dome projection, with 2 videos running at once and slider projections filling 360º.