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Dig cycles pt. 1: Introduction

From: After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

Video: Dig cycles pt. 1: Introduction

So, now that we know the basics of the Puppet tool, let's use it to do something a little bit more complex, and that's this scene. I'm going to go ahead and scrub this for you. It's the digging scene. Now, this is probably the most complex animation we did on this because this dig is a little bit complex in terms of how it's planned out, in terms of animation. In fact, if you want, we can open up the final version of this. It's in our Desktop\ Exercise Files\Monsterpiece\After Effects\Shot-03_01, which is our final version, and then I'm going to create some interim versions as we go along to show you kind of the step by step of how we actually do one of these dig cycles.

Dig cycles pt. 1: Introduction

So, now that we know the basics of the Puppet tool, let's use it to do something a little bit more complex, and that's this scene. I'm going to go ahead and scrub this for you. It's the digging scene. Now, this is probably the most complex animation we did on this because this dig is a little bit complex in terms of how it's planned out, in terms of animation. In fact, if you want, we can open up the final version of this. It's in our Desktop\ Exercise Files\Monsterpiece\After Effects\Shot-03_01, which is our final version, and then I'm going to create some interim versions as we go along to show you kind of the step by step of how we actually do one of these dig cycles.

Let's just kind of break down the shot. What I did was I created that dig cycle, which is essentially the characters just digging and then I cycled it just by copying keyframes. So, it made one dig and then you just copy it and off it goes. And then, once we cycle that, we bring this composition into our main composition. And so what I do is I have an overlay for the ground. In fact, let's just go from the back to the front. So we have a background. We have the actual grave itself and then we have an overlay.

And then, they basically just cycle and all we do is just animate them moving down as they dig. Very, very simple. So now, with digging, we've got a couple of issues here. First of all, if you notice, let's go ahead and zoom in just a little bit here. If I take a look at Dr. Frankenstein here, the guy in blue, we have a lot of Puppet tool going on here. Now, look at these arms. What we did was we used the Puppet tool for the arms, for the torso, and a lot of other things and also on Fritz, we did pretty much the same thing. His arm kind of bent using that Puppet tool.

And so on. So, we are going to go ahead and animate Frank on the next lesson.

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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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