BACKGROUNDS MAIN PACK #01B - EPHEDIA’S CASTLE and THRONE ROOM (Dark)
Here is the “Dark Crystal” version of both the castle and the Throne Room.
When Gramorr took the throne and tried to seize the crown, he was also trapped in castle by a powerful spell and the oracle gems were sent on earth, as told in the first episode of the series. The crown locked herselve in the crystal
Now, the castle is filled with Gramorr’s minions, and black crystal covers the walls a little more days after days. Only the magic crystal at the top of the castle remains pure, and send its power to the princesses when they cast the spell “Crystal Luxtra”… but how long will it last before being turned into black crystal too ?
Outside the castle, the shield surrounding the castle limits Gramorr’s influence, but does not cancel it ! He’s the only one locked in : his army of minions is not.
That’s why he’s still feared despite being locked in !
Will this place regain one day its former glory ? Follow the show to find that out !
Designs by Christophe Oliver, Benoit Maillochon and Vincent Rueda. Color by Sylvain Fabre, Céline Lorthiois and Damien Hausson.
Iris’ First Fight scene (LoliRock Behind the Scenes - S01E01)
Here’s a new behind the scene, with Iris’ first transformation and first fight against the twins.
I remember it was a really important scene for us. When Iris sees herself for the first time in her magical dress, we all wanted her to be cute, and as react as natural as possible … or should I say, as WE would react in her position. :)
A little technical point : some shots have a purple filter on them, while most other are just plain white. Here’s the explanation : when it’s purple, it’s considered as a “Reuse”, meaning it has already been created in another episode (or at least before this one) and doesn’t not need to be animated again by the studio.
So, with no surprise, you’ll see this purple filter on the girls’s transformations scenes and on the Crystal-Luxtra spell… save for a few extra shots, specials for this episode : Instead of having the three girls cast perfectly their spell, as in the following episodes, here you’ll see Iris hesitating, observing Talia and Auriana, and having a little delay compared to them. This is subtil, we agree, but it was to show that it’s the first spell that Iris is casting, and she’s still lacking confidence in it. :)
Finally, when Iris is hesitating, hiding behind the car, you’ll see that we improved a lot this sequence in the final render compared to the animatic. Indeed, it’s rare we implement these kind of “flashback / inner thought” right at the animatic, except if it was very detailed in the script. Most of the time, we improve this right at the edit, when we have more material to do so. It’s also a way to force ourselves to be smart with the shots we reuse, and avoid creating too much new animation for a very short scene.
Oh, and yes, the storyboard artist used some Sailor Moon’s sfx in his animatic. :) And we’re fine with it.
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Here are two scenes that never made their way to the final episode.
The first one is the original version of the signature spell “Crystal Luxtra”, at that time called “Crystal Florus”.
While we liked this version, director Vandestoc thought we could do better. He wanted to link this attack to Ephedia itself, and therefore came up with the idea of the princesses calling for help of the main crystal of Ephedia’s casle, which happen to be the only crystal free from Gramorr’s corruption. (It’s big, blue, can’t miss it)
Jean-Louis wanted to remind that while Gramorr dominates the castle, he’s not its rightful lord : the castle too is waiting for Iris to free it from evil !
The second scene at the end, was the original ending of the episode. It was removed for two reason :
First one is that our producer wanted the episode to finish on a positive line, and not with the negative threat of Gramorr.
Second reason is that we had too much material, and had to make a choice anyway… If we wanted to keep this shot, we would need to remove other part of the episode, or edit it to be quicker and we didn’t want it.