Shine: Trial and Error...Mostly Error - Production Update

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This week I have been looking into ways in which I can turn my concept drawings (shown my previous blog - ) into a moving animation. This posed a few questions -

  1. How did I want the characters move?
  2. What program was I going to use to animate?
  3. How am I going to learn to use this program?
  4. Will I be able to pull off a good looking animation?

All daunting questions at first, but I got excited at the prospect of facing these challenges.

My first approach was to scan through youtube tutorials on various different animation programs to see which one I felt I would be able to learn and would create the effect I most wanted. To my surprise, I stumbled across a video which detailed ways in which you can use After Effects to animate still images. I don't have much experience with After Effects but it is a program I feel reasonably comfortable using and it transitions to and from Photoshop very easily.

I have since spent most of my time practicing and testing out lots of different methods of animation and 3d camera projection in After Effects. After a lot of trial and error, mostly error, I now feel comfortable using the program and animating the style I have previously created. Here is a still image of the process -

My next aim is to focus a lot of my time on developing the story. Now that I am comfortable in knowing what I am able to do with my animation, I can have a clearer vision in what to create and know what will work and what won't. 

This has all been a new learning experience for me and I have been able to learn it all using the internet. The internet is proving to be a great source of education for me and I am looking forward to learning more!


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Andy Parker, an independent filmmaker based in West London, has a passion for visuals and loves to tell stories through imagery. His work is inspired by strange and surreal atmospheres in which he tries to create a new world for the audience to immerse themselves in. He also does a…

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