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Matthew MintunQuestion about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 5:42:56 pm

Check out this video: http://officeautopilot.com/

This is straight up TOONING (in my opinion). Would you say this was created with toon software or could this be created in After Effects? My skills are pretty good in after effects, but I am only beginning my quest into the puppet pin tool which I believe would be how most of this is done (not sure how the mouth movements are made though).

Any help in how this was created would be a great help! My client wants me to create something along these lines for a launch video and the deadline is next Monday! ahhh!


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Joey ForemanRe: Question about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 6:00:42 pm

The fluid deformation of the limbs and the way the facial features slide up and down make me think that yes, this almost certainly was done with AE and the Puppet Tool.

It's really not all that tough to use. Here's a tutorial:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/885847/puppet_tool_in_adobe_after_effects_cs3...

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist


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Matthew MintunRe: Question about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 6:01:59 pm

Thank you so much Joey for the quick response! That makes me feel more comfortable. Would have hated to "learn" a new application and deliver a a product in a few days time! Thanks for the tutorial too. Going to do it now!


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Question about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 8:21:55 pm

Also, Mesh Warp, Bezier Warp, good parenting and Anchor Point positioning together with good old AE animation can do a lot. Here's an example:












And there is always the great script for inverse kinematics from here (watch the tutorials):
http://ik.duduf.com/

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Matthew MintunRe: Question about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 8:24:55 pm

Wow Ted! I can't believe those 2 examples were done in After Effects. I can't wait to break into those types of projects. I'll be practicing these methods a lot. Thanks for the examples. I'm excited!


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Philippe LessardRe: Question about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 8:54:32 pm

Yes puppet tool, and old good AE animation should do the trick. Just be sure your client provide you a "LOCKED" voice over before you start to animate(seriously), because a single change in voice over can be translated in hours of retiming, so precomp everything you can to be able to change : graphics, mouth, animated elements... easily. Also you may want to check this wonderful script
http://ik.duduf.com/, there some tutos on the site that explain how it work.

Hope this help


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Matthew MintunRe: Question about this specific type of animation. Client wants me to create this on Deadline!!
by on Mar 15, 2011 at 8:56:42 pm

Wow good point on the Voice OVer being locked. That is very important. So pre comp EVERYTHING...each persons body, the mouths separately, backgrounds, separate images that they could be dealing with in certain scenes?

Will do! I saw the Duduf scripts and downloaded them. Amazing rigging. Going to mess with it a bit.


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