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Falling Down: an adventure into animation

Posted in Other Projects with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2011 by Gabriele

I like visual communication. In fact I like it so much that I’m willing to stick my finger into any pie that has some kind of visual element that I can work on. Glasgow band The Mouse That Ate The Cat approached me recently with such a proposal. Context: I’ve done work for them before. We are friends. They do not expect miracles. The proposal was to help them out with a music video they were making. All I had to do was put some animation over their footage. Simple animation: cartoon onomatopoeia reminiscent of old Batman tv shows. Not so simple execution. I worked in the monster of a program Adobe After Effects CS4. Going from Windows Movie Maker to this was hell. Eventually I managed to (using the basic skills I picked up) add what was needed to the video in a very unprofessional way.

For the onomatopoeia I tried to get a Roy Lichtenstein feel rather than the more slapstick variety you often see around. Unfortunately the half-tone effect is not very visible in the video. It’s there though. I liked working on this project. I hope I can get really good at After Effects some time.