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Dominic Hicks
Animating a swarm of ants over my subject/location
on Jan 26, 2010 at 2:47:00 am

Strange one this...!
I'm new to after effects, and though I'm keen to learn everything it has to offer, I'm on a bit of a time limitation here, and need to know a basic guide on how to achieve an animation effect.

I'm shooting a short film in which the location and actors are infested with ants.

I will need to animate a swarm of ants over the shots, and animate ants in closer detail for close ups.

Obviously I'm not looking for pixar-esque photo-realism. In fact, the style of the film is bit more rough and ready than that anyway.

This scene from Linklater's A Scanner Darkly isn't far off from what I want to achieve:

Many thanks in advance for any advice/info you can offer me, and please keep your language simple as I'm still learning the basics in AE (I know what they say about walking before you run, but I have to make an exception!)


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Scott Roberts
Re: Animating a swarm of ants over my subject/location
on Jan 27, 2010 at 6:41:10 am

You're looking to tackle some advanced tasks such as rotoscoping, motion tracking, creating a custom particle, etc.

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