This was the final of my first motion graphics class. The requirements were to make an Ad layout for a magazine and a 30 second animation without using any video. What you see here is hand animated in other words a cartoon.

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How did I get such a fluid animation?

I stared by having Gabi take pictures of me in different poses of an action.

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Thanks Gab! I know I have you take a lot of pics, but you really saved me on this project.

Once I’ve brought the pics into After Effects, I then created a bunch of ” colored solids” for each part. arms, legs, head etc.

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I then set a key frame for each part then move on to the next picture. Each individual control point has to be moved to the new parts.

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Once new key frames are set there, the program then interpolates the in betweens on them. here’s what it looks like half way

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If done fast enough with some motion blur, the result looks like real video. I’ve messed with key frame animation before, but never with a program that does it so well. I love after effects!

The rest of what you see on screen was done by STRAP (Stretch, Transparency, Rotate, Anchor points, Position) techniques.

You may be interested to see what I originally turned into class.

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The reason I’m posting them both is to show how subtle the line is between professional and armature work. I didn’t see it, but not having the black drop shadow in the original made it look unfinished, now it looks solid.