Joe Sutherland on animating with miniature sets in Cows Come Home

From Independence Day to A Grand Day Out, tales of the extra-terrestrial have always captured our imagination. While alien life-forms and encounters with distant civilizations provide great inspiration for animated films, they also pose unique challenges for their animators. Joe Sutherland and his team have risen to that task with their otherworldly new short, Cows Come Home.

Mixing traditional hand-drawn animation, 2D rigs and modelling — brought to life using Toon Boom Harmony’s powerful features — this minute-long burst of action pays visual homage to the beloved B-movies and schlocky sci-fi’s of yesteryear. Is it time for aliens to make a comeback? We got in contact with lead animator Joe Sutherland to learn what goes into making a small saga of such planetary proportions…

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