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Gabi Bucatarumouth and eye animation?
by on Jan 7, 2013 at 5:04:27 pm

Hi Folks!

I am trying to create a paper cutout animation similar to the one below, and I was going to ask your advice on how to animate their eyes (blinking) and mouth (smiles, etc) efficiently. I would not have them talk, but just as in the video where there's a narrator with a story and they just frown, or smile, etc.):

- should I make each eye and mouth image instances separately in photoshop then just use the one I need at the right timing?
- only one image then manipulate it with the pupped tool?
- draw the eyes and mouth in a separate solid layer in AE, then animate the brush path?

I just feel that there's a very easy way of doing this, and I am very curious of your ideas.

Thanks a bunch!

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Stefan HinzeRe: mouth and eye animation?
by on Jan 7, 2013 at 6:53:35 pm

Yep, there is:

"PreComp-Eyes" in it are the different Eyes (woohooo), Open, closes, happy... etc, as a sequens only ONE FRAME long!
in the animation comp you go, time-remap the PreCompEyes, put a hold keyframe on it!

so when you need the eyes to blink, you keyframe 0,1,0 or 0:00, 0:01, 0:00.

benefits: fast and the eyes can easily be changed throuout the whole project.

(english is not my first language.. but after effects is ;) )

(take a step back, to see the bigger picture)

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Gabi BucataruRe: mouth and eye animation?
by on Jan 10, 2013 at 3:30:28 pm


Thanks a bunch!

Yes - this is exactly it!


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