Monday, June 09, 2008

Night Mare


This is the short-short film that I've made for the Monster Jam contest. The music, as usual is from my friend Alejandro Guarin.
For this time, I've tried something different, so I used a tool that was not made for animation, but I found it really helpful when it comes to expression. This tool is ArtRage.
I've used it already to paint the backgrounds of my other short film "Gatin A Bordo" (Kitty On Board), but this time I've used it to draw everything.
So what I did was, first I drew the pencil test to check the movement. Since ArtRage have no such thing as "frames" I drew a frame in a layer, then I created a new layer, and changed the alpha of the layer below, and so on. Then I exported it as .psd and then I imported it to Flash, as frames.
When I was happy with the result, I started to draw the final look.
Then I repeated the process again with the final drawings... exporting as .psd, importing to flash.
Finally, I exported every frame as .jpg, imported it on After Effects as footage, in order to have the best render settings.
Well, It was seems like a long technical process, but I'm happy with the result, and after all, it was only 10 seconds...
The quality is not good on youtube, but on mytoons it looks better.

4 comments:

Blue said...

I'm not sure that it played all the way through before it was cut-off...
Looks great though!

Thanks =)

David Nethery said...

You're animation looks pretty good.

"first I drew the pencil test to check the movement. Since ArtRage have no such thing as "frames" I drew a frame in a layer, then I created a new layer, and changed the alpha of the layer below, and so on. Then I exported it as .psd and then I imported it to Flash, as frames."

Wow, that's pretty labor intensive ! I like ArtRage a lot as a sketching tool, but it's not really made for Animation. Have you looked at TVP Animation ?

I think TVP might be really useful to you.

Check out my blog which has examples of projects done with TVP Animation: TVP Animation Blog

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

How fun! Very cool! Mary :-)

(imagik)

Roy Blumenthal said...

Rock and roll, dude! Very cool work!

Blue skies
love
Roy