Song Performance PLAYBLAST

I haven’t managed to finish my animation of a Song Performance so I am uploading a rendered playblast with the major breakdowns. As it is evident, I did not follow my references completely and added some extra features to the dance moves. The lip sync, however, is complete and I am really satisfied with it!

Personality Walk FINAL

At last I am able to call my Personality Walk – Done! I think the biggest issue I have given myself was usage of grass, as it took a long time to render and the lighting which required me to use different render settings.
However, it is finally complete and I think it is rather good! The walk I had in mind was really slow, heavy and lazy walk which I thought was suited perfectly for the rig I have found online and I just really wanted to use it in something so this task seemed appropriate for it.

I have also fixed the speed of the walk using the graph editor and just stretching the curves as well as fixed the twitch in the arm. Overall, a great learning experience!

Lip Sync FINAL

With all the trouble After Effects has given me with editing audio and video together, I have finally managed to complete my Lip Sync! As I explained in the Planning process, the story is set in an Asylum, as Bonnie is sat in a dark corner, really still, wide eyed and blinking rarely – I think it ads to the mood of a physically disturbed persona.
The audio is synched well with the video for which I am extremely happy about.

Song Performance Planning

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As everyone approaches their work differently, I’ve decided to approach my lip sync planning by drawing out the mouth shapes to keep me on track whilst I’m animating. Doing this, I find it easier to follow and apply in my animation as oppose to watching a video of myself talk or sing which gets distracting at times so I have decided to post this along with the videos.

Lip Sync Planning

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This is my planning for lip sync. I’ve included storyboards I have created prior to animating and it is seen that I have changed my idea from “Alien Abduction” theme to “Asylum” theme. The reason I have done this was because the first one was too ambitious as I included multiple camera shots and extra props. I have discarded this idea because I thought an Asylum “crazy” setting would be more suited for the audio track I’ve received and it ended up being the better choice in the end!
I have also included drawings of the way mouth is supposed to move (open, closed, wide, narrow) and it served as great guidelines for when I was actually animating!

“Song Performance” – Reference 2

This is my 2nd reference for my animation which I like better as I’m not waving my arms as much and am keeping eye contact with the camera.
I don’t like the 2nd half of it as there is too much waving about…again. But I think I will include the beginning in my final animation.
Again, I will merge the 2 references together and experiment.