Wednesday, April 29, 2009

On Schedule

So far my animation is on schedule and doing well. I've been working on an easier and better way to select my Neon Tiger, since he's just a patch and has nothing in side him. That tends to make it a little difficult to select him and move him around. But anyway, as I said before, so far everything is on schedule and coming along nicely, so I'm happy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Love Bunny

This is a lip sync test done for class. I used my own character, a rabbit based on me, and took a sound clip of Lucy from I Love Lucy, it seemed fitting. I made eight different heads with the different shapes for the mouth and converted them all to separate symbols. Then I made a new layer for the animation, added key frames where they were needed, then on those key frames I swapped out the symbols to make the mouth movements. The hardest part was getting the timing down so the lips would match. It took a lot of little adjustments but it's done!


Here's the schedule for the final production:

Week 1: April 21-25: continue finishing work on backgrounds and characters, create, block, and animate scene 1
5 Hours

Week 2: April 26- May 2: Block out and animate scene 2, begin blocking scene 3
5 Hours

Week 3: May 3-9: Animate scene 3, block out and animate scene 4, possibly begin blocking scene 5
7 hours

Week 4: May 10-16: Animate scene 5, block and animate scene 6
7 hours

Week 5: May 17-23: Block and animate scene 7 and 8, add sound effects and music
9 hours

Week 6: May 24-26: Edit and do any finishing to animations and sound

May 27: DUE DATE

There will be a calendar posted with this same info later.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Rotoscoping Again

Here's the second rotoscoping project I did. Instead of using footage provided for me by the professor I used a clip from a short student music video I helped on. The same process was used to create this rotoscopd footage as the original project. So not muched changed tho, this oen was more fun since it wasn't just a walk cycle with the same movements over and over.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Neon Tiger Jumps

This is the main character for my final animation, Neon Tiger. He's a tiger made out of neon lights, and he's jumping. The process was pretty much the same as the puppet jump, although he was a little harder since he has more parts. Also, it was difficult to select him since he doesn't have a fill color, I actually have to click directly on the line or I would be selecting the background. It didn't take too long and it wasn't that difficult, it just took a very steady hand to do it.

Still Working

Well I am slowly but surely getting all of my tutorials finished. They have to be done by Wednesday, but good thing I don't have far to go. I just need to get them posted. Also, my Neon Tiger final is coming as well. I have backgrounds done and character designs as well. Which those aren't too hard since there are only two characters in my animation. Makes it a bit easier for me too. Well that's all for now, I'll update again before Wednesday with the rest of my tutorials.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Well this is my first attempt at rotoscoping. It took a while, tho you wouldn't think tracing about 85 frames would take that long. It changes colors every frame for fun, I really like the way it looks. And because it helped me keep track of what I was doing. Since every frame was a different color it was really easy for me to switch back and forth between them very quickly and know right where I was. So, it really wasn't that hard, it was just rather time consuming. For the next one it's probably just going to be an outline without any shading on it, that should cut down on the time it takes to finish.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

So Far

Well so far I've got storyboards done and an establishing shot of the location. Those will be scanned and posted later, don't have them with me right now. I'm tweaking the script as I'm finishing the storyboards and that will also get posted as soon as I'm finished with it; which should be tomorrow or Firday. Other than that just working on the tutorials for class and finishing up what I have so far.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Well I just noticed that the original layer of the puppet was left on the flash file. So I'll go in and get that out tomorrow and then edit that post. So ignore the second puppet in the background on the first frame please.

Puppet Jump

This is the first jump animation I did in Flash. I used the character my Professor provided for our class and began from there. I had to import the image as a bitmap and color it first. Then break it down to the head, neck, and foot. After putting them on separate layers I was able to create keyframes in the positions I needed and animate from there. Once the frames were all in place I used the transform and rotate tools to get the puppet to move how I wanted him to and at the desired speed. After getting the general positions and sizes I fixed the ease in and out, though there wasn't much to change to get it to look right. After that I tweaked the position of keyframes and poses on inbetweens.