Im really happy with the final piece. I recieved feedback that the video looks professional and this has raised my cinfidence in trusting my own judgement more when animating. Here is the final piece:
I chose this Nerd Vs Geek infographic:
It was clear that I was not going to be able to fit everything into the 3 minute time limit, so I had to pick and choose the relative points. My plan of action was as follows;
1. Get all the text in the Poster written and recorded by Mike, my Voice over guy.
2. Edit all the relevent recorded information into a 3 minute Composition.
3. Make vector images of the characters and create a colour palette for backgrounds and text colour, also choose font.
4. Animate, and edit as necessary.
5. Review animation adding any extra effects and finessing.
I found this fun infographic to use for inspiration:
I decied to use this font because it is quite quirky and funny which is the general feel I want in the piece:
I created vectors for the Nerd and Geek characters in my aniamtion. I wanted them to have moveable legs so I could have them walking towards the camera in one of the scenes. I found it difficult and tedious to animte the characters legs in Flash so I disguised the walk and re-positioned the camera to show only the top half of the characters moving.Here are thevectorised characters:
These characters were later broken apart so the blinking and mouthmovements could be animted. The Hallway was created in Maya and inspired by the school hallway in South Park:
I rendered the Maya hallway in white so that I could overlay the Blue and Orange colours depending on the character walk in it at the time. I ept the hallway simple because i wanted it to be suttle and not distract the viewer from the main part of the animation. Here is the un-edited Maya hallway:
When I was animating I had a story board that I started following but eventually I realised that this sort of animation was more of an 'in the moment' piece. So I abandoned the story board and developed the scenes using the VO as my guide. Here is the origional story board snd the animtion I abandoned mid way through:
At first I was planning on using the movie section at the bottom of the poster in my animation but I felt that theses movies are always changing and so it will mean soon my animation will be out of date. I was going to animate small characters popping in and out of the animation but I thought this would be too distracting from the main purpose of the main point in the animation. But here are the extra character vectors I made: