So I thought it would be fun to try my hand at a rough animation of a young transgender guy doing his first testosterone shot. Only problem is he has a fear of needles. So “To Be a Man” he must be brave. (Also I just thought the title sounded cool to be honest.) I decided on this idea when doing my own shot because, even though I don’t personally have a fear of needles or shots anymore, I remember what it was like to be afraid of shots as a kid. Regardless of how exciting it is to finally start hormones, it would probably be pretty nerve racking if I had carried that fear along with me.
Making this small short was fun! I started out with some notebook sketches, moved on to some quick thumbnails, and then tried to flesh out the animation more in Photoshop because I saw a friend do it. Fun fact: Photoshop is not the best for animating even if it technically has the ability to. Sometime after I got a tip to try out Toon Boom’s software so I learned to use Storyboard Pro 6 and redid all of my frames and put it all together.
The audio editing was challenging but I like to think I’m improving. It was a little weird having to search for and edit the sound of someone breathing though. I’m also still uncomfortable using my own voice for these things but eventually I’ll be fine with it. I used Audition to edit all of the audio and upon doing so I also learned to change the pitch, stretch out sounds, and more. To get the right sounds in the right places and time everything right took a lot of editing, importing to the project, realizing it was off the mark, writing down exact times to keep track of things, re-editing, re-importing, and so on until it was acceptable.
Anyways, I hope you all enjoy it!