Used at a conference this animation was commissioned for display as a loop on a plasma screen. Using a static image as the basis of the animation, we then recreated plant elements in 3D and composited them over the background, to which we also added some subtle animation. The result looked very convincing with the […]
Storyboarding with Storyboarder
I just found a great tool for any animators and budding film directors out there. It's called Storyboarder by Wonderunit, and its free.
Wonderunit are committed to creating software that they would want to use themselves, without any of the bloat and shenanigans of big-player apps. As they are involved in making films themselves they knew exactly what they were looking for in a storyboarding app, and not finding a commercial candidate they decided to build their own. What they have come up with is a lovely gem of usability and simplicity, with some surprisingly powerful options tucked away in the interface.
Storyboarder streamlines the drawing and arranging of storyboards, allowing them to be exported as as animated GIFs, as Premier or Final Cut scenes or even as pre-comped frames in a PDF for printing. You can quickly export a frame out of the app into Photoshop to complete your drawing in there before bringing it back into Storyboarder. You have 6 basic tools for drawing and erasing - all you need really - and the first tool draws on its own special 'light' layer (like a guide) which you can delete easily when you are done. You can preview your animation right in the app (specifying hold times for each frame if required), and even get generated reference images to draw over by typing a shot description into a search box...
A nice grey screenshot of Storyboarder
The team behind Storyboarder have created a gem and its well worth checking out. They are adding features and updating the software on a regular basis, because as is fairly obvious, they really believe in their product. You can get a hint of their maverick style when you get the tooltip for the undo button - check Storyboarder out and you'll see what I mean.
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This job involved creating an interactive presentation for our client that would be run on a touchscreen at a trade fair. Using pre-rendered sequences of driving along a branching road, the user clicks on a desired destination on the bottom menu, and the application loads the relevant animation and plays it. When reaching the 'destination' […]
This cute character animation has been under wraps for a looong time, finally Savvy Squirrel can scamper into the daylight! Designed and illustrated by Fathom in Bournemouth, this animation tells the story of an intrepid squirrel and his family inheritance... Produced for a wealth planning agency, its used on their website homepage to convey their […]