I wanted to create a short satire on racism for my After Effects project. I took the class and Gabe’s input and improved my video. I added a hand-drawn knife instead of a zombie, a voiceover to make the story line more clear, and a potato school sign on the school.
What I learned
1. After Effects is really cool and fun, but takes a lot of time and effort. I have to really think about each animation individually first, and then see if it goes with the final picture.
2. I found that it is easier to do more of the work in Illustrator or Photoshop, and then bring it into After Effects. For example, I tried to add the potato school sign onto the school image in After Effects first, and it was taking me so much time trying to get the sign and the camera to align at each keyframe. It was much easier for me to attach the sign to the school image in Illustrator and bring that into After Effects as one image/object.
Before our last class I did the roll-a-ball tutorial in Unity and it was great. It was really helpful and fun. For this assignment I wanted to make my character walk in all directions, and she would have to collect all of the trees on the dirt road before the time runs out. I did not realize that the process for moving a character would be a bit more confusing- due to the animator walk and idle aspect. I watched Gabe’s tutorial but I still could not get my character to move. She makes a walking gesture, but does not advance forward. If I was able to get some more help, or if I had a bit more time, I would have been able to figure it out. However, due to the time constraint I was unable to accomplish what I had wanted. Hopefully during winter break I will be able to get it done. I did learn how to make a scene though! I enjoyed making the terrain hills. I also enjoyed bringing in my own character.