It’s been a nice calm period recently, but I think thats about to end. I’ve been asked to possibly work on a pilot for Submarine which should be great fun, but a big challenge. Not to mention another project kicking off with the Dutch Chiropractors associationBoth starting at the same time, with short deadlines :s But I can’t complain 😉
So I thought I’d do a couple of animation tests for both clients to see what we could do with there ideas. And here is what I came up with: (They are just tests so nothing amazing but enough to give me enough ideas and possibilities to think about)
I’ve been working with Loep-Trainingagain and had the pleasure to do some more character design! And this time there was a need for a Green Bee. This little character will be illustrating the Groene bijtjes club (Little Green Bees club) where kiddies can learn all sorts of stuff while having loads of fun!
Below are the sketches and a few of the poses I made 😉
When things are a little quiet I like to experiment, so i’ve been having a play around with After Effects and perfecting my animating skills. I work with puppets a lot of the time. But this can be a little complicated and time consuming at times. All those limbs, timelines, pins and joints… But if any of you work with puppets in After Effects you’ve probably heard of or us DuIK.
This is a peace of free software you can install in After Effects to make rigging a whole lot easier. And the guys at Duduf have just up-dated and made it even easier for us animators Yippeee!
Check out this little man I rigged up and animated in a matter of minutes not hours! It’s not perfect, he had a limp, but with a little tweaking this software saves me hours of work 😀
Here is a link to DuDuF where you can get DuIK, and this guy Mikey shows you how to use it in the video below 😀
Spring is in the air and EWC has rolled in to the new year at a gentle tempo but with some fantastically fun projects.
Sesame Street NL
Starting of I’ve been rounding off the Animation for Sesame Street NL. Finishing the edit for television last week. This short and sweet animation is about a little slug who gets cold and needs a new coat.
I can’t tell you too much, (Contract rules) but here’s a little GIF to give you a taste of whats to come and the scene layouts 😉
Cartoons & Chiropractors
And then there were Cartoons. My pals the Chiropractors asked again for a bit of fun in their annual magazine and this time it focused on ‘Self diagnosis’.The caption says ” I already diagnosed myself on the internet. So i’m only here for a second opinion!’
Also this Spring I was launched in to a mad project with Cloud Berry filmfor an in-house explainer animation for Cygnific(Sales and Services for KLM & Air France).
The project was to be a mash-up Stop-motion/Whiteboard animation explaining the in’s and outs of an internal project, to be presented to all of those who work at Cygnific (+600 peeps).
The idea was that it would be fun and inspiring to watch while explaining their future goals within the company. Easy Peasy… Although the deadline was 2 weeks from the start date ! Whaaa! bit short for a stop-motion explainer video!
But we managed to push out the deadline, wrote the script in 2 days (Breaking down a pile of information as tall as myself into a script less than one A4) Knock out a storyboard by the end of the week, and have props collected and made by mid week the following week, ready for production on the Wednesday!
That makes, 2 Weeks Pre-production & filming. Not Bad!
Now I’m busy with the Whiteboard animation and next week we go into Post-production, with the final edit and sound design etc. Phew!
It’s tight, but it gives you energy and pushes boundaries, making you think smart and produce creative, fun solutions. Watch this space for the final result.
But for now, here below are some photos of the production and my whiteboard tryout.