To start off, I’d like to say that for all its faults, I do genuinely enjoy the final project I have made, however, the amount of hurdles I had to jump over to get to this point was frankly ridiculous. Is it possible I made my own life harder? Absolutely.
Let’s start with the absolute basics: I don’t have an animation program, or at least, one that I understand. With that in mind I had to draw the frames individually in a drawing program, which means that I had the option of making 30 individual files, or one big one that I could use onion skin mode on for convenience. I chose the latter, however, that made inking especially rough, and I didnt like how the frames were coming out. Instead, I inked on the same layer I sketched on. Even though you can see the sketches, I actually like that, I feel like it has more character overall so I don’t regret that decision.
The audio I actually am quite proud of, despite my subpar voice acting. My best friend played the male knight in this, and I used Epidemic Sound for all of the sound effects. I ended up using a lot more sound effects in this one than I did in the actual audio project, and I think it ended up better for all the risks I took! I especially am proud of the part where the female knight unsheathes her sword and cuts down her fellow knight, that had 3 different sound effects in close succession with my friends groans for good measure.
Editing it together gave me the most problems. I learned how to use Premiere Pro well enough, but I couldn’t export it as an MP4 until I downloaded a certain driver, which, I cannot stress this enough, I didn’t know how to do. I didn’t know if I had a similar driver I needed to delete first or even which one was the correct one I needed. It got so bad that I eventually had to cut my losses after 4 hours of troubleshooting, and had to re-edit it in an entirely different program.
With all that said, I think it turned out well! I wanted to do something like this sort of loose ‘animation’, but did not have an excuse to try it. It turns out I really like it! It was fun, I just wish I had done something more experimental with the editing or visuals, but overall, I am very pleased with how this came out.