That’s right! I’m almost done with a new film, a one minute short created as an assignment for my MA course here in The Netherlands. I decided to try a bunch of new things and step outside my comfort zone with this film, so I used…After Effects!
Well, a combination of stop-motion animation and After Effects. And yes, I have managed to pretty much avoid After Effects pretty much my whole career up to this point, so for me, this was a big learning process.
I actually thought about using TVPaint first, a powerful software popular here in Europe that excels at hand drawn animation (digitally hand drawn, with a Wacom tablet), but I just couldn’t get a feel for the actual drawing process in TVPaint. Maybe I’ll come back to it in a future project.
Another way that this film, One Night in Florida, differs from my previous work is it addresses politics, something I’ve never really done before, despite my being a bonafide news junkie. I sampled President Obama’s speech from July of this year, where he spoke on the ruling of the Trayvon Martin case. This speech really captured me when I first heard it, and I kept gravitating back towards it when searching for inspiring audio upon which I could focus the film. So I decided what better subject for a one minute film than race relations in America?
Here are some photos of my animation stand, with marker on glass animation. These sequences have now been composited in After Effects and I’m working with a Dutch composer for the music (a rollicking circus-like theme!). Stay tuned for the release!