During my time in Multimedia at University I discovered that you can’t suddenly learn 20 plus years of information in just 3 years, so as part of my ongoing training and research into the subject of animation I decided to get on with making an animation of my own, the first step for me is the walk cycle. Take the first frame of your animation, draw the last one and fill in the middle frame. From that point you always have a complete animation that improves as you add more and more frames and detail, once this works you can then go on to ink and paint.
As you can imagine the filming of a white service with shiny pens and a white background does look better if lit correctly so take this example as something to consider when doing you version of this simple animation technique.
This third animation covers the Prescriptions service and during this one I found the cartoons I did on the wipe board insane in some areas. As I got the details a little late to go through them, I had to make this one up on the spot. Booking camera equipment and lighting a wipeboard for this is not as easy as you think.
Now this week the animation and the footage was all complete and during this time I had a major crash course in what was possible in the use of the software on my laptop. The footage that was done at the University covers a file format that I cannot use on my laptop and the nightmare of sitting there and waiting for the computer to save the footage again in a format you can use…sigh!
When I first got this job I was told that it would only take a few minutes. That is the deceptive side of these animations as you may imagine, you have to film it, speed the footage up or down, take a still from it and animate that, making sure it runs in line with the film and then put it back into the footage and create the film again in a format the client can use. I like the style of these as they lend a little to the mystery of animation and the times before digital.
Hi again everyone, I was hoping to catch you all before I went over to sunny Sheffield and checked out some details of another job. This week I had a play around with some marker pens and whilst on 12 cups of coffee, decided that I should draw this lot.
A simple animation from a commissioned job…thanks for watching:)
Since the work on the Time Bomb Comics and Huddersfield University logo’s I went further and every month I try out something new to help improve on the skills I already have. I have worked in photoshop a lot when putting together concept art but discovered since that after effects is the video version of photoshop. I had to keep playing and so put this one together for part of my showreel in order to send to film companies.
Whilst at University I was in class when my tutor started scribbling an idea on the board. The rest of the group seemed to be more interested in Youtube and I saw straight away the way that his idea could be created. You know the feeling when you see an answer to a problem and get knots in your stomach? Well just like that. Over a period of a few weeks I was asked to put this together with colour changes, with triangles and without, with different slogans and blurbs. Finally we agreed on this and went with it. All done in 3Ds Max using a lighting system I had never tried and maps for the colours I never used.
A great example of the things that come up when working in the real world.