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The hand drawn animation, does
have its downsides. It may look a
little messy in some parts.
However, it was made this way due
to a number of reasons.
My lack of necessary vector skills
and computer aided design mixed
with a small time scale to get this
The amount of actual animation time
I had was very limited indeed.
Despite its downfalls & un-professional look the animation still conveys a story and
message. One thing I do know about animation is that if you can do this then you are
achieving something that animation sets out to do. The parallax Scroll is on point is
professional looking, the horse walk cycle has all the frames needed however, with
smoother After Effects Processing could have turned out even better.
Upon reflecting about the Horse
Meat Scandal, I thought an
animation would be a perfect
opportunity to make something
new and unique.
The idea behind the animation
and most aspects of the
animation itself are creative.
If I had more experience and ability to handle Adobe Creative Suite more creatively and
professionally, then there could have been an even funnier cartoon here. The concept
and is creative and the means to convey that concept may be lacking but do complete
Comparison With Professional
For simplicity as I already reviewed the opening credits for Rugrats, I'll compare my
animation with Rugrats again. Both have a hand-drawn feel to them. Although
rugrats has a polished hand-drawn look, which will have probably involved some
processing in Photoshop. If I had of followed the same procedure as this then I think
my animation would have had a comparable artistic style.
The subject of the cartoon, I would say is completely en-keeping with subjects
& points that my target audience would find interesting. The political impact of
the Horsemeat Scandal was one that really spawned a popular following
amongst people in my audience. This was evident with the amount of internet
memes etc that started.
This whole internet savy teen comedy perfectly fits my target audience.
Expanding on points made earlier, people in my target audience are maybe
used to seeing or even creating themselves more interesting and more
professional looking visuals. (Tomska etc)
This is one area where I'm hoping that the funny message of the animation will
mask the lacking technical animation skills.
Use of Software
This program has been the starting point for many different kinds of projects.
All the frames for the animation have been constructed in photoshop. The
ability to compose frames easily and export them out directly to After Effects
was handy and allowed me instantly test the composition of a certain scene
within After Effects and make necessary changes instantly.
Was the key to making everything possible. It took a lot of time to get to the
basic knowledge I have today. The use of different plugins to control different
aspects of the video was interesting and useful. As well as the Video Copilot
Tutorials I used.
Final Cut Express
The simplicity of this video editing software is what makes this stand out. I was
able to take video and place along a timeline in the most simplest way