Thursday, 5 May 2011

Putting music to my animation

This is my first attempt at placing music onto my animation, i wanted see what it would be like with just playing the song straight through.
I do think it works to some degree, however in some parts i feel that the music doesnt quite fit right with whats going on in the scene, its too quiet when it should be all dramatic for example . However further along in the song there are sequences in the song i feel will be perfect to go with my animation so i think i will try that next.

This is it, i love the way the music really fits in well with the video. The music goes in time with so many things such as the appearance of the text, when the gun is being fired and finally at the end when music slows down, its very fitting for the end of the story. Overall i'm really happy with this section of the song in my animation and i think will be used in my final piece

Video with effects and meaning

This video now has a couple of extra effects put onto it, especially near the end. At the montage scene there is white out, this is meant to represent when the bullet hits. Furthermore with the toothpick animation as the toothpick falls the scene goes darker, this is to signify the death of one of the characters.

now the video all sorted i now need to focus on the music side

adding the animation pieces

This video shows all the clips together all edited and in the right place. I really like the mixture of animation and live action, they work well together. I've added a slight aged look to the live action bit, just to give it a feel of rough, gritty and dirty and furthermore to help keep the contrast between the old film look and the bright shiny animation bits.

Next i feel i need to add some more effects to some of the scenes, just to help tell the story better

Next Step

Now i'm going to take all the animated piece i have done and integrate them into the live action shots, so it should play out like my storyboard showed.

toothpick animation

This is quite a simplistic shot, all i want is a toothpick falling down the screen, This is something i can easily create in after effects

I'll be using a realistic toothpick, as i think the mixture of realism against the bold, cartoon like background will help make it stand out more.

 Simple use of key points and timeline to make the toothpick move down the composition
 To make it look more realistic i add a rotation to it as it was falling

Finally to make it stand out, i added a shadow to the image, as it keeps define the shape against the bright red background.


Its simple, but i like it, its clear and you get whats happening.

montage clip

So this is the more complex animated pieces with multiple things goin on at the same time

To start with i need ed to create a widscreen look, which meant adding panels. Like many times before i did this using key frames and a time line

 Next i need to include these newly animated characters, however i want them to be panels them self and to slide across the screen to reveal themselves
 Toachieve this effect i put a mask a bit of the, them moving the timeline, i moved the mask layer more along so more of the picture is revealed. The result means the are gradually revealed on screen in a comic book fashion

In full view you can now see each of the characters and their animated parts

Finally i need to include the animation of the bullet traveling across the screen

When all put together this is what it looks like