Los Angeles: Zac Cavaliero’s short film, ‘The Frank Job,’ showcasing the cinematographer’s skills as a character animator, was Reel 13’s voters’ choice this week, earning it a slot on national broadcast television on Thirteen-WNET’s Saturday evening line up.
The film’s storyline is a new twist on the classic tale of ‘Frankenstein,’ with the lead character, an inept yet determined mad scientist, artfully crafted by Cavaliero into an animated character with features befitting his eccentric personality. The scientist’s erratic, off-kilter personality is personified by exaggerated facial articulation – with Zac’s innovate use of perspective and camera angles bringing dimension and visual interest to the film. The story unfolds in an elaborately detailed and propped laboratory environment where the protagonist, despite his best efforts, unsuccessfully attempts to bring his creation to life.
A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Computer Animation, and awarded Best of Ringling Honors, Zac Cavaliero created the short film in 2011 as his Senior Year Thesis.
Cavaliero put together the original storyboard in animatic form, to create rough timing story beats. After he fine-tuned all of the 3D assets and environments in Maya, he worked on developing dynamic camera angles to improve upon the original animatic and tweaked the articulation and details.
Currently a layout artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, he just finished working on their newest animated feature, “Big Hero 6,” slated to be release this November. Cavaliero came to the position at the Oscar award-winning studio after being selected as one of three applicants offered a place in ts coveted Apprentice Artist Program in November, 2013.
A multi-disciplined talent with awide range of skills, he soon discovered his passion for camera layout, shot choreography, and cinematography. His strengths in this area led to a succession of work on big budget feature films: He was recruited to work on ‘Fast & Furious 7’ (2015, Universal Picture) in June of 2013 as a Previz shot creator, animator & FX artist, working on location with director James Wan. In 2012 he was brought onboard at The Third Floor Inc./LA as a Previz artist to work on a number of feature films, including “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” (Twentieth Century Fox,) “Men In Black 3,” (Columbia Pictures,) and “Jack And The Giant Slayer,” (New Line Cinema.)
To see more of Zac Cavaliero’s work visit http://linkedin.com/pub/zac-cavaliero/24/772/1b8, or contact him by email at ZacharyArt1@gmail.com.
Title: ‘The Frank Job’
Animated Short (Character Animation)
Zac Cavaliero: Storyboards, Animation, Character Design, Character Modeling & Texturing, Character Rigging (facial blends & body) Prop Rigging, Environment Modeling & Texturing, nCloth Simulation, Maya Effects (Laser), Lighting, Directing
Zac Cavaliero, Adam Ratner: Voiceover
Tim Adams: Audio Post