Once the animatic was approved, I used a few of the key compositions to create this "color bible" in Photoshop. Based mostly on screenshots of "Blurred Lines" (seen at the top), all final art assets and renders were compared to this file for color and contrast consistency.
This old-timey gauge is a Photoshop illustration. It probably goes by too quickly to appreciate the detail. So do it now. Appreciate it.
This illustration is really personal to me, as it depicts a fairly accurate rendering of any book or notebook cover I carried around in junior high (with a Trogdor ret-conned in for good measure).
The chalkboard illustrations were drawn with a ball-point pen on inkjet paper (no expenses spared). Most were rendered in reverse values, with black ink as white chalk, but in the piece above the inked areas represent the absence of chalk. The shading was applied with colored pencils. (Note: Drawing hands is difficult.)
Every certificate and diploma on the ugly wood-panelling was designed with great detail by my brother Tom Heather IV.
According to Tom, each one is signed by a figure who would have been important to Al's career, and dated on some occasion of similar significance.
This is where 99% of the movie was made. On the left is the "big board" of shots where I track my progress. On the right is my battlestation. In between are a few things to keep me busy during long renders. The note pinned just above my monitor tells me the precise hex-triplet values for the reds, beige-pinks and blues that comprise the palette.
Below: A closer look at the big board, and my son helping with stop-motion photography for the "syntax you're always mangling" shot. The stop-motion photography for the "go back to preschool" shot was done by my brother Tom.
You could study this movie frame-by-frame a dozen times and still not catch all the subtle gags. Here are a few no one would be likely to ever notice: