Posts from the ‘Explanimation’ category

Rigging puppets in After Effects

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 😀

Sweet!

Cartoons, Animation & Stop-motion

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 😉

Eric-coldEen Jas voor een slak - scenes

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!’

s-Cartoon-Self Diagnosis

Stop-Motion

Also this Spring I was launched in to a mad project with Cloud Berry film for 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.

Making-Cygnific-02 Making-Cygnific-01

HAppy New Year!

Hello my friends. It’s already 2015! How did that happen? And not only that, I haven’t spoken to you guys for… ages :s But I have a little news and some things to show you.

So lets start with a little look see.

I’m finally allowed to show you my Explanation animation / explainer video made for Wienerberger building solutions. They rightfully wanted to publish it before I got my blogging fingies on it. But here it is now in its You Tube glory for you all to see. I’m afraid it is in Dutch… But I made it for a Dutch company so it figures. For the non-Dutchies, it’s basically about the sustainability of the company throughout the full process of producing building materials for the world!

Watch and learn:

What more… I will be teaching at the Art Academy AKV in the Netherlands as of 27 February, Yey! which should be fun… A little guidance and telling the truth about the industry 😉

And then there is Sesame Street. I have the pleasure of making a cartoon for Big Bird again and at the moment in the middle of animating slimy little animals who are feeling the cold. I am not allowed to show you publicly what I’m doing, I’m contracted to secrecy… but i’ve made a making so when it’s been released I shall show you all.

Other than a few meetings and cartoony plans that all for now folks.

Best wishes for the new year.

Sam

Dave is BacK!

“What was that?’ I hear you say.

Yes Dave is back! Almost a  year on and I’ve been working with Dave again (from my animation ‘No Visual Culture’). But this time in an experimental setting. I’ve had my tool box  out again and had a play around with mixing up techniques.

The result is a mixed media film, made using puppets on green screens, after effects puppet tool and 3D space, plus a little photoshop and premiere!

It’s not perfect, but as I said ,it’s an experiment and I’ve wanted to do it for a while considering my dislike to traditional time consuming animation techniques. This experiment was purely to see if I could do it and figure out for myself if I can use it for future projects, such as Sesame Street (whom I will be visiting this friday).

Take a look at the result and how I made it (The making of is part of the film. Enjoy!

If you’d forgotten what Dave’s original role was take a look below:

My Star!

s-Dave Selfie

 

Ooo! And you may have noticed, these films are links from my new You Tube Channel 😀 Yey! It’s far from full but slowly but surly it is filling up. So take a look, subscribe and pass it on 😉

Big squeeze and make a wish!

Where did she go?

I’m still here! I didn’t forget about my blog but I’ve been busy rounding off projects and getting a few more in 😉

Although I have little to show you because my clients at Wienerberger want to wait till they have launched the film themselves, which is entirely understandable.

But, I can give you a little peak inside the Prop box for the animation ‘Duurzaam Wienerberger’ (Sustainable Wienerberger). Here are all the characters, objects and props I drew for the animation. Something to wet your appetite as to what’s coming 😉

S-Prop-Box_Wienerberger

 

What else have I been up to? well other than chatting to chiropractors at nca and Partners.nl about possible animations I have been studying the workings of You Tube… yes You Tube! I am slowly piecing together a channel of my own and finding out how to get lots of traffic to my site and viewings on You Tube and a little royalty earning from advertising… It’s all very interesting stuff!

But other than a page of keywords, a full brain and banner for the channel this is all I have to show:

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 14.31.41

So I will keep you posted where I can and let you know when the channel is up and running.

Till then, ciao.

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