Dinorama Case Study



Challenge:

The objective of this project was to design and animate a unique diorama using 3D space in After Effects. This animation was to be built in the HD 1080 preset lasting 15 seconds. The specifications were as followed 12 key-framed elements, a closing and opening "curtain", sounds effects where needed, and a 10 second fade in and out to black.

Research:

Seeing as this is my second time doing this project I felt like I knew what I was doing especially the second time around but it always help to rematch some of the other dioramas students did to get the creative juices flowing. This time I wanted to have a cause and effect to the scene so after coming up with a few ideas I narrowed it down to Dinosaurs. Thus the Dinorama was born!

Sketches:

Before every project especially animation, I storyboard because it helps get my ideas on paper and bring structure to the project. The storyboards also act as a guide when I start to animate in After Effects. It helps to have something to look at when illustrating and animating so you don't have to feel like your starting from scratch.

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Designing:

For this animation to come to life I need assets so I found some images I felt matched my vision and began to trace them in illustrator while adding my own style to the overall design. I wanted my assets to be vector because that is a style that I am most comfortable with and it matches cartoon like feel I wanted my animation to have.   Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 9.08.01 PM

Final Project:

Although this is my second attempt at this project I felt like there were just as many road blocks. I the idea on paper and designed now the only thing left to do was animate. the animations were simple to accomplish because it is a popup style animation but the only issue was transition. I needed to go from the jurassic age to the ice age using a meteor... Easier said than done... After a few attempts I used a shatter effect after the meteor hit which not only created the perfect a transition but funny as well. Overall I feel like this is a rewarding project and I am lucky I was able to do it twice.