Finished the energy ball, which glows as bright as a 75 watt light bulb. Luscious. Now what? Set the electric charges to music? Might be nice. A little R&B? Michael Jackson? Electric Light Orchestra? Maybe later.
Animation. My energy ball sits in the middle of a street in Manhattan. Let’s plan it out.
Storyboard: A gargoyle flies into the scene attracted to the ball of light. He perches on a car then ventures closer. His body is aglow. He shrieks. Money flies out of the energy ball which begins to die only to reveal a new year’s baby, which the gargoyle picks up by its claws and flies away. LOL. I love it!
I found a JPG of a gargoyle. Masked it off. Placed off screen. Scaled down. Added Puppet Pins to strategic points on its wings, claws and mouth. Manipulated wings, claws and mouth until I had the perfect effect. Scaled him as he approached the active ball.
Found another JPG of dollar bills and a New Year’s 2011 baby. Followed same steps used to animate the gargoyle testing and saving my creation as I proceeded from one item to the next.
Once I found the appropriately eerie music, the stage was set. Now I’m tweaking each animated figure until I achieve the exact desired effect.
YouTube offers excellent ideas for animating still photos or drawings with After Effects. My favorite was created by Ashraf Hamdi. Enjoy . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5lexVv6K-U