Doug's Intro

Animator/Illustrator/Student Director

A drawing is an idea. As an animator, I turn ideas into stories.
I am currently a junior at the Kansas City Art Institute. It's been a blessing and privilege to be a student there after earning my AFA at the Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. I keep this as a journal of my latest projects and explorations in animation.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

After Effects Digital Puppets

The adventure of creating puppets in the digital world was somewhat different from last week's endeavor.

After Effects Puppet from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.

While there were minor successes, for the most part, this project was a train wreck. I meant to have multiple layers to make a near interesting background. Several objects are poorly rendered due to time constraints.

THE BIGGEST PROBLEM - I managed all the movement keys for the puppet in a separate composition thinking I could simply export it with a transparent background and put it into the scene. I ended up having to key color remove the background (that's what caused her to be transparent), AND the movement does not match at all with the pace of the background.
Much revision is needed.

Here you can see the isolated walk cycle and the puppet's actions in the scene.

After Effects Puppet from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.

I used the lime green background to try and place the character directly into the scene, but the process also removed green hues from the puppet which I hadn't accounted for.

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