Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sing a Song!

I did a quick attempt on Saturday night to animate a character singing along with a song.

I chose to use an Angels and Airwaves song called "The War." I figured animating to a song might be easier to do than simple speech because, usually, singing uses more pronounced words and I figured it might me easier to figure out each syllable the singer was using.

I once again went to the most basic of animating tools, Windows Movie Maker, and started.

It worked out OK but nothing I really want to show off.

The good thing was I only spent the time Saturday night between finishing dinner and going out for ice cream to work on it. And, in that time I illustrated the figure, painted him, popped in all the different mouths, and ended up animating about fifteen seconds of footage. Not bad for only a few short hours.

Mostly I learned what I needed to fix from this test and it gives me some new ideas on where to start with my next one.

But, for now, enjoy these quick little illustrations of a few different mouth movements I did for the test. Maybe next time, if I like it enough, I'll show off some of the test animation.

And, if you'd like to hear the song I was messing around with, you can see some REAL animation done for it HERE. It's from the starting of the "Start The Machine" DVD and the song starts at about the 1:50 mark.

Have a great day.


Jeff Lafferty said...

Replacement mouths in Windows Movie Maker, sounds cool man.

Was the Ryan Burk Bobble head test in WMM also?

Sean Tiffany said...

Yep...all my animation tests have been in Windows Movie Maker. Lame, I know, but it seems to be working for me.

Jeff Lafferty said...

I don't think it lame, I love Windows Movie Maker.

I would totally still be using it if I could, it doesn’t seem to handle ‘my size’ files very well, otherwise I think it's perfect.

Sean Tiffany said...

Yeah, I'll keep using it until something better comes along that I like. I may, just may, put up the singing animation test soon. I just got it down to a manageable size.