Making Of An Animation.

Drawing

Some initial drawings.
A drawing from October 2017 which inspired the look of the film.
Sketches. Note the snakes which were cut from the final film.
The lightbox is USB powered and very thin making it quite portable.

Colouring

Originally snakes would have come out of his pants!
Cut shot of man wearing bright colourful clothes. I never coloured it.

Editing

After I had coloured everything I imported all of the images into Premiere and made each frame 00;00;00;03 long. To be honest I maybe could have made them a bit slower, but I had used that length previously and I didn’t feel like experimenting at the time.

Audio

I recorded this with my earphones in my apartment so the quality wasn’t amazing. I put a blanket over my head to mask most of the rooms background noise, and it mostly does the job. I played with Premiere’s audio settings a bit too, to try and clean up some bits, but when I watched the video on my TV it sounded awful. I’m not sure if this is the TV’s fault, YouTube’s compression, or issues with the audio itself, but it sounds mostly fine on everything apart from this TV. The audio is of course still not perfect, but I think it’s ok for a bedroom production.

Final Thoughts

The film is now on YouTube and Vimeo, and has gotten a good response from people. It is by no means perfect, but it was more of a challenge for myself to try and make something quickly. I previously created another short titled Feet which was made in one day, so this was an expansion of that idea. Perhaps next is to see what I can do within the confines of one month?

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James Gaunt

James Gaunt

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An Australian writer with a passion for research. James edits music fanzine The Shadow Knows and writes regularly about Mo’ Wax Records. www.jamesgaunt.com