Some video pieces grow out of a plan, and others form organically; “Bernardo” is definitely one of the latter. I had shot with artist Meredith Adelaide, and it went so well we scheduled another day the following week. I had used up my more fully fleshed out concepts on our first day, so we ended up visiting the Phoenix Art Museum and shooting around the Salt River based on 2 ultra-basic FX ideas I had written in my notes (“light painting in firefly room” and “hovering with trampoline”). There was a random encounter with a frog at the Salt River that seemed to shape the experience- Meredith randomly dubbed him “Bernardo”, and somehow he ended up being the focus of this particular video art piece. A random encounter between a woman and a frog leads to a cosmic experience for both. Filmed on the Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera> and effects in Adobe After Effects.
I’m proud to announce my first Udemy course – Making Motion Comics: Animating Illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects! This is a specialized form of animation using portions of original artwork to animate a story rather than individual drawings for each frame or cgi characters. By animating in this style, we are able to keep the aesthetic of individually drawn panels with complicated foregrounds and backgrounds; we are able to make our comics into films.
I used this technique in my short film, Innocence of Seduction. It allowed me to utilize hundreds of drawings from public domain comics into my own animation:
Hello out there! I wanted to share my newest animated short film “Innocence of Seduction” – collaged from utilizing hundreds of public domain comics and radio shows from the 1940s-60s. It absolutely was a labor of love and meant as a tribute to all the creators of such fun and imaginative sci-fi/ horror/ romantic/ western content of that era.
Assembled/ animated by David Miller/ Primordial Creative Studios 2016
Happy New Year! I’m excited to announce a new classes on my Skillshare channel, which I’ve been quietly assembling over the past 2 months. The first is Add Physics To Your Motion Capture Animations In Adobe Character Animator + After Effects:
Adobe Character Animator is an amazing motion capture sub-program of Adobe After Effects. It utilizes your webcam and microphone to allow you to do live animations of puppets, but it also allows you to set the physics of your characters and animate without using keyframes! We will cover gravity, wind, dangles, draggables, and keyboard triggers in this class.
Sign up is here!
This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is all about one of my favorite ways to animate things- by using photos in Adobe Character Animator, a subprogram of Adobe After Effects.
In this course we use a series of photographs to create an animated talking head in Adobe After Effects and Character Animator. We’ll cover mouth shapes, layer placement, syncing an audio track to lips or creating your own audio for your puppet to voice.
I just released the final part of my series on Creating Motion Comics on my Skillshare channel. Part 1 involved setting up the artwork and doing basic frame animation in Photoshop; Part 2 covered Adobe Character Animator’s abilities to do motion capture animation using your webcam and your own head. This part is all about putting the whole thing together in Adobe After Effects. Here’s the trailer:
I love motion comics as an art form- one of those “neither fish nor fowl” kinds of hybrid art styles, where it’s not full animation, not panel comics, but a kind of movie that stays true to the aesthetic of comics.
One of my secret projects over the last year is the short film/ motion comic “Innocence of Seduction”, an animated collage piece of hundreds of Golden Age comics and old time radio shows. As I’ve developed this process, I created some “how to” tutorials for others who love comics, animation, short films etc. The first of my “Create Motion Comics” series focuses on Adobe Photoshop animation and cleaning up comic art- preview below, full class on Skillshare here.
and the second is all about Character Animator, a sub program of Adobe After Effects. It allows you to motion capture your face and mouth movements to animate without having to set keyframes! Again, preview below, full class on Skillshare here.
See you in class!