Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Workflow for 2D drawing animation.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:57 am 
User avatar
Jedi Master
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:16 pm

Posts: 1007

Location: Kapiti Coast, Wellington
I'm curious as to whether there are workflow tricks used in making shorts like this one:


It looks just like the animators took real footage, printed the frames out, and then reworked them as traceovers. Maybe to save printing & paper, they overlaid a screen as though it was a lightbox? Perhaps even used one of those fancy Cintiq tablets (interactive screen / drawing space) to cut out the paper (and rescanning) altogether?

Often artists work on a budget, and they don't always have all the flash toys; A-ha's "Take on me" video and Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" come to mind (pencil and paper)

Anyway - really like the technique. I'm wondering if anyone has used this kind of thing and can affirm the workflows which work for them?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Workflow for 2D drawing animation.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:22 pm 
User avatar
Death Star Gunner
Offline

Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:20 am

Posts: 201

Location: Auckland
I have tried mimicking something like this a few years ago, I found a odd unused file type called filmstrip, if you take a clip into aftereffects and export it as a .flm file type, it takes the entire clip and lays it out onto one layer that Photoshop can open, oops I just tried this again and found out CS5 adobe software doesn't do this anymore, I think I did it on cs4 hmm strange, i guess its a bit obsolete. :(

I guess you could export a frame sequence and draw over them, I remember it being neat with the filmstrip that you could scribble over all the images at once, below is an example I did, the files would be massive in Photoshop, it would create 4 gig Photoshop files even with 10 seconds of footage. You don't need to draw every frame, I would draw one column and duplicate them across, maybe tweak them a little.


Attachments:
flm_example.jpg
flm_example.jpg [ 239.29 KiB | Viewed 2141 times ]
roto_example.mp4 [332.1 KiB]
Downloaded 149 times
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Workflow for 2D drawing animation.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:16 pm 
User avatar
Jedi Master
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:16 pm

Posts: 1007

Location: Kapiti Coast, Wellington
Thanks for the reply. That tiled layout is something I wouldn't have envisioned, but makes a lot of sense. I imagine that it would be handy to be able to define an onionskin number for the pen; e.g: if ghost == 4: pendraw.frames(current : current + 4) or, in plain English; a setting of "4" would mean the current pen draws simultaneously on 4 layers from the current.

I am surprised that the files are so large (4 gig for 10 seconds). I haven't done the math though I'm assuming it's because they're using expensive image types like taga.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Workflow for 2D drawing animation.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:07 pm 
User avatar
Death Star Gunner
Offline

Joined: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:20 am

Posts: 201

Location: Auckland
I misread the file size it is only 300mb but created a 4 gig temp file while working on it, the file is a single layer/single file, and I would draw on top of it, as you can see the height of the image is 27588 pixels :) its a pity you can no longer do this without using older versions of adobe suites.


Attachments:
flm_sizeExample.jpg
flm_sizeExample.jpg [ 84.4 KiB | Viewed 2135 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron

About Us


Contact Us


Advertise on NZCGI

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
Logo Design by - Oliver Hilbert Revilo Designs