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)
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.
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:
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 😉
For a planner and a self confessed perfectionist I was like a deer caught in headlights when asked to take part in the making of an advert, for YAM gluten free bread.
I was phoned by Producer Cariola van Beek on the friday with the the question of ‘Can you do stop-motion, draw and are you free monday?’ With an answer of ‘Yes’ I was wisked away to a set and team of 5, including myself, to make a delightful stop-motion animation.
And what a brilliant day and team it was to work with. My role was to do part of the stop-motion and make the illustrated graphics. The result is a lovely little film about how Cassava and Oats can make beautiful bread together… pun intended!
The film was made using props of all sorts, Dragon stop-motion, a nice camera and some soft box lights, screen flow and photoshop and edited together in after effects and premier. And it took the total of 2 full days to make.
So take a look below at the finished film and a little making of film I put together for those wanting a sneaky peak behind the scenes (please excuse the low-res film… my camera is old :S )
The synopsis, script, storyboard and moving storyboard are made and the go ahead is in the bag! It’s time to animate!
But first I had to figure out how I was planning to make this little animation of mine.
After considerable umming and ering I’ve decided to go with Adobe After Effects. This decision was made due to my lack of time (so frame for frame would of been pretty impossible considering the short deadline) and my experience of working in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is my best friend and in combi with After Effects it’s brilliant. I also like that cutout look you get when animating in After Effects, It’s like your drawings just come to life.
They don’t of course and I still have a lot of work to do, but a start has been made.
Here is a sneaky peak at what i’ve been animating:
Below you can see what I made in Photoshop before I imported it all in to After Effects to animate.
The Puppet of the boy, lets call him Tommy, is rigged up in After Effects using the puppet tool and parenting all the parts to each other.
It does get a little more complicated than that but my explination will be long and boring and I can better advise you to look at these tutorials… Jesus is great at explaining things 😉