I’ve wanted to do a real Animatic for some time, so with this I finally had a good reason to spend time practicing storyboarding, using Premiere Pro, and everything else I’ve been learning this term. It really was kind of a cumulation of my efforts, other than photography of course.
The song I chose was a meaningful one to me. I tried my best to plug the metaphor I wanted to get through with my composition and choices. I’d really love to see what people to think this animatic is really about! The words don’t really connect to the song all that well until the end, but I think the feeling of the song is still the way it should be.
As much as I personally am proud of the final product, it’s very easy to see the progression of my techniques. Originally I had intended for it all to be more of an animation, like the earliest clips. In reality when I started animating, they went much faster then they are in the final product. I had to slow down the frames in order to match them better to the audio, which is why they stutter and seem strangely slow. As I realized I would have to slow many things down considerably, I changed my tactics, using more still frames and, in the end when I realized I was running out of time, I began to use After Effects to create smoother visual effects so nothing stuttered. I really am happier with the ending more than the beginning. If I had all the time in the world I would have likely changed parts of the beginning to better resemble the end, but all in all, it’s fine.
I had some worries about the audio, and whether or not I would get permission from the band, but luckily I was able to get confirmation from the band via their Twitter account! It also makes the first time I had ever really contacted the band, which seems strange to me considering how impactful their music has been on my life. This is truly something I’ve put a lot of my heart in to creating, and I can only hope that is obvious to the viewer.
Thank you for watching, and have a great day.