I made this cartoon animation for work using Adobe CS6 (Flash for the primary animation; After Effects for secondary animation, editing, and 3D; Audition for the sound; and Photoshop, Fireworks, and Illustrator for some props and background edits).
I created this Man of Steel logo “trailer” using Adobe After Effects and a plug-in from Video Copilot called Element 3D. I did not have to import a 3D object – I was able to create the logo using four mask path 3D groups combined into a single object directly in Element 3D. I also turned on ambient occlusion for the shadows on the object itself (I used a copy of the E3D layer for the external shadow), motion blur for the faster animation, and depth of field for the closer shots. The text was also rendered using Element 3D. I also used six Optical Flares (another Video Copilot plug-in) and two light layers.
This Man of Steel Metropolis 3D animation was also made with Video Copilot’s Element 3D and the Metropolitan building pack.
I also made an earlier version without the 3D logo using the same music and text from the official teaser trailer.
I’ve been trying out Autodesk’s free 3D software 123D Catch, so I thought I’d use it to create a 3D model of myself and then freeze myself in carbonite. I plan to clean up the 3D model, but this turned out better than I was expecting. Even the kids thought it was cool. Unfortunately, they were way too wiggly to capture a decent 3D model of them.
I’ve included a few different views before I applied the final render textures.
This is the first scene from the “Jurassic League” animated series I am creating in Adobe Flash. The series is a prehistoric version of the Justice League and will have characters such as Superdino, Wondersaurus, and Pteroman (Batman). The whole family is involved in the animated series – Zander and Vincent come up with the ideas for the episodes and everyone lends their voice talents to the clips. The first episode is The Volcano and it’s the story of Anyasaurus getting into a bit of trouble and being saved by Superdino. I have about 6-7 more scenes to go before Episode 1 is done. To view the full-size animation, go to the Jurassic League site.
The Flash is now animated! I added a few effects: zoom in and out, lip sync, and an interactive button (press to play). The background is temporary – Zander drew a cityscape for me, so I will be replicating it with Adobe Illustrator over the next few weeks and will update the animation then. I’m still working on the arms, legs, and head movements, too.