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Creating a monster pt. 5: Finalizing

From: After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

Video: Creating a monster pt. 5: Finalizing

Let's go ahead and finish up this shot. This shot actually took a long time to animate. It's one of the more complex shots so that's one of the reasons why I wanted to show it to you. So let's take a look at that. OK we added in additional sparks and everything. Now all we have to do is make the monster appear with his boxer shorts. Now that was something that we actually didn't have in the original but we thought it was kind of cute to just kind of toss that in so it's just another little gag. Now how we did that was we essentially just created another Photoshop file which had essentially the Monster in the exact same pose pretty much and just with his boxers on and so we just brought that in and created a separate composition.

Creating a monster pt. 5: Finalizing

Let's go ahead and finish up this shot. This shot actually took a long time to animate. It's one of the more complex shots so that's one of the reasons why I wanted to show it to you. So let's take a look at that. OK we added in additional sparks and everything. Now all we have to do is make the monster appear with his boxer shorts. Now that was something that we actually didn't have in the original but we thought it was kind of cute to just kind of toss that in so it's just another little gag. Now how we did that was we essentially just created another Photoshop file which had essentially the Monster in the exact same pose pretty much and just with his boxers on and so we just brought that in and created a separate composition.

And the only thing we did in this composition was actually just add in this little mouth motion here, he had two mouths. One was kind of a smiling mouth, the other one was a surprised mouth and so we essentially just put those in. And then I just dragged in that whole composition as another layer. Now all we have to do is fade in this. So let's go ahead, I think somewhere around Frame 100, let's go ahead and bring that in. We have two layers here, we have monster and monster with boxers.

So in the monster layer, layer 15, let's go ahead and set a keyfame for 100. In the other layer, the one with the boxers, let's go ahead and set a keyframe for 0 and we are talking about Opacity here. And then essentially over the next say 2 or 3 frames, we will fade 1 to 10 and 1 to 10. To essentially- bam! OK so it comes on but we also need to add something a little bit more to make him pop.

So what we did was actually this nice little trick here, all we did was on the very top layer we created a new layer. Actually we created a solid and we just made it a white solid and then we drew a mask. So we go into the white solid and we use our mask. Well in fact we are just going to do an elliptical. Ellipse tool and just kind of draw out the ellipse that we want and move it into place.

So now we have this mask and we can also feather this mask a little bit and there is kind of our little pop. And then right before he changes, we want to start this animating so actually I'm going to go into the Transform section of this layer and again we are going to set keys for our Position, Scale, Rotation, Opacity. Turn the Opacity all the way down. I'm going to scale it down just a little bit and again just reposition- in fact if I want to, right there is my anchor point so let's go ahead and just center that along that anchor point so that way when it scales, it will scale evenly.

And then as he pops, so he goes 1, 2 ,this is basically where we expand it, turn up the Opacity. In fact I might want to move all of these back by a frame or two. Let's see. And then we just bring it back down to where it was. So essentially right here I like to actually just keep it growing and then just fade that down to 0 so it kind of gives that nice pop effect. OK.

And that's basically all we did. I think actually I did add in another of those little lightning bolts when it came in so let's go ahead and do that. I believe it's lightning 3 was what I actually added in. So as that comes in... we just ah- in fact I just need to move these over here. So as it comes in, pop! There we go and then there we go. OK. So that's essentially that shot. Now we have found a couple of other little special effects that we did, some actually use the Puppet tool, some are Motion Blur effects. So let's go ahead and go through some of those as well.

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After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

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  1. 2m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 30s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      56s
  2. 24m 25s
    1. Project overview
      3m 12s
    2. Original storyboard
      2m 36s
    3. Organizing production directories
      3m 56s
    4. Using a rough soundtrack for shot timing
      1m 58s
    5. Creating a Leica reel in Premiere Pro
      7m 17s
    6. Tracking projects
      3m 1s
    7. Creating art in Photoshop for After Effects
      2m 25s
  3. 47m 12s
    1. Segmenting Photoshop characters
      7m 54s
    2. Importing Photoshop files into After Effects
      3m 55s
    3. Linking character parts
      5m 25s
    4. Animating blinks using Opacity
      8m 19s
    5. Animating the arm
      9m 57s
    6. Animating the needle and thread and the monster's hand
      11m 42s
  4. 54m 9s
    1. Introduction to subcompositions
      5m 32s
    2. Setting up nested compositions
      4m 29s
    3. Animating a run cycle pt. 1: Basic leg motion
      8m 45s
    4. Animating a run cycle pt. 2: Overlap and follow-through
      5m 4s
    5. Putting the girl in his arms
      8m 24s
    6. Animating a screaming girl pt. 1: The arms
      9m 49s
    7. Animating a screaming girl pt. 2: The head
      12m 6s
  5. 32m 5s
    1. The basics of the Puppet tool
      5m 37s
    2. Creating bounce with the Puppet tool
      5m 55s
    3. Dig cycles pt. 1: Introduction
      2m 9s
    4. Dig cycles pt. 2: Shovel
      4m 54s
    5. Dig cycles pt. 3: Arms and body
      11m 3s
    6. Dig cycles pt. 4: Finalizing
      2m 27s
  6. 47m 32s
    1. Creating a monster pt. 1: Introduction
      2m 35s
    2. Creating a monster pt. 2
      10m 42s
    3. Creating a monster pt. 3
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a monster pt. 4
      4m 39s
    5. Creating a monster pt. 5: Finalizing
      4m 22s
    6. Creating smoke and bubble cycles
      7m 34s
    7. Creating a dry brush effect
      5m 6s
  7. 23m 9s
    1. The basics of lip syncing
      3m 8s
    2. Setting up mouths for animation with time mapping
      7m 21s
    3. Animating the lips
      6m 23s
    4. Animating the head and body
      6m 17s
  8. 14m 54s
    1. Rendering with After Effects
      4m 4s
    2. Editing with Premiere Pro
      4m 9s
    3. Final output and audio
      6m 41s
  9. 10s
    1. Goodbye
      10s

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