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Original storyboard

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Video: Original storyboard

So let's start at the beginning where this project started. It started with conversation between myself and the creator of this project, the guy named Charlie Largent who actually created the storyboard for this. Now most animated projects that you create, especially storytelling projects, you really want to create a good storyboard and Charlie created a very good storyboard for this, it was almost identical to the original film. And I actually have this in that Exercise Files directory. In fact let's go ahead and open up Photoshop and open up that file. So I'm going to go out to my Desktop and in that Exercise Files directory, we have Monsterpiece and I have a directory out here called Storyboard.

Original storyboard

So let's start at the beginning where this project started. It started with conversation between myself and the creator of this project, the guy named Charlie Largent who actually created the storyboard for this. Now most animated projects that you create, especially storytelling projects, you really want to create a good storyboard and Charlie created a very good storyboard for this, it was almost identical to the original film. And I actually have this in that Exercise Files directory. In fact let's go ahead and open up Photoshop and open up that file. So I'm going to go out to my Desktop and in that Exercise Files directory, we have Monsterpiece and I have a directory out here called Storyboard.

So from there I can open Storyboard1 and Storyboard2.jpg. So once I open those you will see the storyboard files themselves. Now these were actually fairly small movies, these are actually at a 100% I believe. In fact, let's just see what these image sizes are. It's only 600x500, which is actually very small considering how many images are on here. But again he just wanted to email me a very quick sketch of what this film would be. So from this actually we created the whole film and if you notice a lot of this is very similar to the final film. There are a few differences here, one of the things is we added the cat in with the announcer here and there's a couple of other differences with the monster showing up in his underwear, which is something that we added later.

But generally the whole flow of the story and all the shots are pretty much there. So as you can see we start with the opening scene and Charlie's been nice enough to tell us what happens. We didn't quite have the dialogue at this point. But it pretty much tells us story through the pictures. And so this is basically the first storyboard here and then the second storyboard has pretty much that same look and feel. It's a smaller file. So we actually had a total of about 10 shots or something like that. So it wasn't that big, but it can certainly tell you how a storytelling project takes shape.

So from this storyboard what we had to do is we had to actually put this together to get a sense for how long this film will be. The dictate from the client was to make this approximately one minute long, as close to one-minute as we could make it. That's why it's called Minute Monsterpieces as we try and tell a monster story within a minute and that was kind of the theme of this. As I started bringing in this art from the client I needed to set up things like directories and that sort of things. And I'll tell you a little bit about our directory structure in the next lesson so let's move onto that.

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After Effects CS3: Animating Characters

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George Maestri
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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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