Here is the original clip:
One of the challenges of replicating this scene was that there are a lot of human movements that are difficult to recreate using 2D characters. For example, right at the cut Leia spins around to look at the door. This movement is almost impossible to achieve the way I typically animate, so I had to do some "frame by frame" animation to achieve the look. If I had had more time I would have liked to add a few more tweens in this sequence.
I got lucky with Han, I could pretty much fake all his motion with only one 2D character.
Lastly, my final challenge was to make Han talk. I have never really done lip syncing in any of my Mean Mug & Slim work, but I had recently seen a tutorial and wanted to give it a try.
Below is the tutorial and an image I was working from to help create the different mouths. I am pretty happy with how it came out, the only thing I would do differently next time is add a few more mouth variations. There were a few occasions where I felt like none of the mouth shapes worked.