Erin’s animation project reflection

I thought up many possibilities for my final animation project, and one of them was the animation I did halfway with Bill. I at first designed the waving paper puppet, and a high resolution picture of the globe was in my laptop, so I decided to make them dance to the music “We Are the World”. After discussing with Bill, we decided on which section of the music we should select, and the main contents of the short animation. It was a very interesting experience to work as a group, and we had to constantly share files, and communicate with each other on how to make the piece be put together. Through this project I practiced how to make a puppet move, and the frequent use key points. Since I was more sensitive to music, after being taught how to link the moves of an animation to music to, I decided to start off my own project.

It took me a long time to choose appropriate music and ideas. To express the synchronization of the animation and the music, the music had to have clear beats. It was also hard for me to find a Capella for certain songs, so I set my mind on pure music. Actually, I did not totally get the hang of how link the animation effects to the music, but after watching a short clip on Lynda.com, I was able to do it on my own.

At first I wanted to find several pictures and make them relate to the music, but it was hard for them to work well together, and it was hard to make a transition between them. After trying a few effects with the same picture, I decided to only use one picture—the galaxy. The different shades of blue was very expressive, and the tone of the music was calm and mysterious. The hardest part of my animation was organizing the sequence of the effects, and making the transitions natural and not so sudden. I used Bubble, Shatter, the outlining effect, Flames and Twist in my short piece of animation. And I enjoyed playing with the effects a lot.

I am glad that I was able to practice different techniques of using After Effects in my two projects. And I hope that I will have time in the future to continue to make short animations on my own!

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