In the making of this animation, I decided to convey a message between the relationship of nature and technology. Since this project is my last one, I wanted to put quite a lot of effort into it. Thus, I learned a lot of new methods to animate not only through Prof. Marianne classes in Adobe After Effects but also through Youtube videos about cinematic effects, partial 3D facial animations, and walking cycles. Additionally, I found the twelve principles of animation very useful during the making. This project took my photoshop, premiere, audacity, and after effects skills to the limits.
I began with the creation of my scenes through simple sketchy panels telling where, what, and how the main character (which I called S4M or “SAM”) moves around the animation. Basically, the main character is a robot that wanders around the corners of a city, finding an unusual item never seen before, a leaf. After the panels, I started with my character design through photoshop and separated each movable part into layers; I have done the character sketch in a small notebook. S4M was divided into 3 sides: front, sides, and rear. The background of S4M was also divided into those three. What I have found very convenient is that After Effects allows the conversion of 2D space into 3D space, simplifyng the creation of the front and back background scenes. Then, I began tediously animating the scene according to what I have learned overall in After Effects. In the beginning, S4M’s walking cycles were quite horrible (it seemed like he was flying on the ground), so I did the scene all over again. The second time, I noticed a pattern in walking cycles — the time that one leg takes to reach the opposite end is the same as when the other leg moves towards the other end. Although this idea seems very obvious, I see that forgeting it is quite usual. After finishing all my scenes and compiling them in premiere with music and sounds, I noticed that my final animation looks drastically different from what I sketched in thepanels before, but I am still quite happy with it.
I had quite a lot of fun in making this project regardless of the fact that it took days to make, and I think everyone as well. Sometimes, I animated S4M doing some hilarious movements that can bring a smile to anyone. However, as I will not have any IMA’s classes next year during study away, it saddens me a bit. Nonetheless, I hope that everyone in IMA has a wonderful time, and I will be looking forward to the senior year.