We’ll be celebrating the milestones that both human kind and MoGraphers like yourself have accomplished since our first conference in 2015. As a throw-back to the past, we want you to animate some boards created by Lucas Brooking and Gareth O’Brien. These boards have a similar look and feel to the original animation that was created for that very first Blend.
The overall vibe for the piece felt sci-fi to me. I wanted the piece to loop sonically as well as visually, so I sought out music with a 4/4 time signature.
It needed to be high energy to thematically work with the animations I'd envisioned. after digging through Audio Jungle for a couple hours, I found the perfect music: Synthwave!
With the music chosen, the next order of business was creating the animatic to dial in the timing for each frame and the transitions.
Even though the boards were flat vector graphics, the elements were extremely complex, containing hundreds of little pieces that needed to be animated.
Step one was preparing the provided assets for After Effects. Battleaxe's "Overlord" made this a much less time consuming task. Highly recommended plug-in!
Once all the components were brought over, step two was creating rigs Using a combination of parenting layers, Nulls, Expressions, and mattes for various elements to simplify the animating process. This included color-coding the bits that went together to I didn't lose my mind digging through the timeline while I worked.
I focused on making each section entertaining to watch on its own and worked on keeping the pacing and flow, while timing big moments to key sections of the music.
The last step was rendering it out for final delivery for viewers to enjoy!
Being able to manage complexity, create smoother transitions, and deliver under tight deadlines are all skills that serve me well in my client work and personal projects.
I hope you enjoyed this breakdown and it gave you some insight to my process. If you'd like to know more about the person behind the work, there's a short bio about me at that link.
If you're interested in working with me on your projects, head over to the Contact Section and get in touch!