Intro to Animation

I wanted the opening video to set the scene for the animation which is in a coffee shop. I googled photographs until I found that suited my vision. The color scheme of this stood out to me.
cafe1 In Photoshop I erased the cafe because I wanted to draw the cafe but I also wanted to use the chairs in the front so this was the best option for that.


I then drew over the Cafe to suit the style of the rest of the animation. I used movements in After Effects to pan the camera.cafe_plainI wanted to add in the name of the project and it’s tagline. I wanted to use white text over it. So I researched some designs.

I used Illustrator to create the text box. Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.26.52 Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.28.50I went with this one (below) as it looked the best. Also based on feedback they said it looked more professional and feminine.

To bring this text box I dropped it into Final Cut Pro and used the video animation to fade it in and out.Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.37.29

(Below was created as part of the Post Production Module for our Enhancing Video assignment.)

To create the intro I recorded four people sitting around a table like the picture below.

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 20.42.56In the video they drink tea and move their hands. I wanted to draw over them so the table would still be life like but the character would be animations. After playing around with the bone tool it should wasn’t working well enough so I decided to keep it simple. After importing the footage and edited it down to the sections I wanted.

Here you can see the characters drawn the original footage.

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 01.28.50When they were all filled in I brought them into after effects where I used color correction to edit the background. I wanted it to look a bit cartoonish while still being seen as a real life table and cups.

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I am really happy with the way it turned out and compliments the style of the animation.

To add some effects I used the particle playground effect to give the kettle some stem. I used the fast blur effect to make it look more like stem and not particles. I am happy with the way it came out. When I exported it and brought it into Final Cut Pro the stem was rises too fast so I cut the clipand slowed down the section I wanted.Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 14.52.00


Putting Animation Together

Based on feedback from my supervisor I decided to put the first part of the animation together first which would be the beginning of each story when the women share what happened to them. I did this so I would know if it worked as one animation. If it did not I would have my project as 4 separate videos. Here is the rough cut:


I was very happy with how it turned out and showed it to fellow classmates and they agreed it worked. The vision was going ahead.

I started by looking at my word doc that had all the scenes split up in writing. I had each story color coded too so it as easy to find. I then went through my animated stories and cut and chopped where needed be. I then placed them all in the correct order in Final Cut Pro.

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I went through it many times to make sure the transitions flowed together.

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I then touched up any audio that sounded off. When I put them all side by side I made sure they were all the same levels, as were the sound effects and background noises. Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 16.39.44When I showed the finished piece to my fellow classmates some feedback I got was that by the time they got to the 2nd scene of the 4th story (Brain Injury) they had forgotten what happened her. So I proposed to to a flashback before the scene started. The flash and flashback effect was looking too gaudy for me so I went with a fade to color before the snippet where the rock hits her head, then the 2nd scene follows where she talks about having surgery. After showing this to classmates again they approved.
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The end scene is where each woman says their inspirational part at the end. I decided to finish up with some kinetic typography over the table scene. It was originally looking to messy so I grabbed this pink sheer square from the intro scene and placed the text on that.
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I made the text in After Effects and exported it with a RGB and Alpha setting so it would be transparent when I brought it into Final Cut Pro.Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 16.45.18