Flash!

Thunder!

(if you didn’t get that reference you missed one of the best tv series ever)

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some animation for a gwhile (koogwhip), and now that we have to for college I’ve been playing around with Flash a bit. I don’t want to resort to lame tweening, so I’ve been trying my hand at some rotoscoping with my tablet.

A quick 5-minute ‘scope of Laurence Fishburne in a hurry.

And this was a more detailed face test.

You think it’s easy to draw her sitting relatively still, but drawing the entire face exactly as you did the last frame for about 25 frames gets pretty tedious after a while.
You can see the source footage edges moving around a bit, there was some camera shake in it so I had to correct it. I could’ve done it with the motion stabilizer in After Effects, but I thought of that afterwards so I just did it by hand.

Speaking of AE, if you’re familiar with the program you’ll know it can interpolate between keyframes, sort of like Flash does with tweening. Apparently that is the secret behind Rotoshop, the animation program from the makers of A Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. I really want that program! It makes animation much easier. But I can understand why they don’t sell it, because you can bet your ass there’ll be a bunch of cheap Scanner Darkly knockoffs.

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