Melissa K Fontanini aka MissyKat

is a Digital Artist with degrees from OSU and USC. She's currently working as a freelance 3D Generalist - Artist, Animator, Instructor - as well as focusing on her own tangible art

Saturday, August 15, 2009


This is an unfinished film I created during the second year of my MFA at USC (2006-2007). The story is about a chewtoy that loses its squeak. There's a T-Bone, Hamburger, and Hotdog chewtoy that gang up on the poor Ball chewtoy because of his malfunction.

I only completed a little over 1 minute of the film, but the continuation of the story introduces a dog. While the food-related chewtoys are ganging up on the Ball, they are causing all sorts of ruckus, which catches the attention of a nearby bulldog. The dog sees these rather large chewtoys and realizes this is an opportunity he cannot pass up, so he charges after them. Initially he goes for the Ball because it is on the ground and couldn't get away. The dog pounces on the Ball, but it doesn't make a sound. The dog promptly loses interest and pursues the remaining chewtoys. So in the end, it is the abnormality that saves the Ball from the jaws of the bulldog.

This was a solo project; I created the story, modeled, textured, rigged, and animated the scenes in maya. The textures aren't finalized and the sounds are only temporary (and some aren't synched properly...definitely rough!!) in order to give the general idea.


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