I did a quick attempt on Saturday night to animate a character singing along with a song.
I chose to use an Angels and Airwaves song called "The War." I figured animating to a song might be easier to do than simple speech because, usually, singing uses more pronounced words and I figured it might me easier to figure out each syllable the singer was using.
I once again went to the most basic of animating tools, Windows Movie Maker, and started.
It worked out OK but nothing I really want to show off.
The good thing was I only spent the time Saturday night between finishing dinner and going out for ice cream to work on it. And, in that time I illustrated the figure, painted him, popped in all the different mouths, and ended up animating about fifteen seconds of footage. Not bad for only a few short hours.
Mostly I learned what I needed to fix from this test and it gives me some new ideas on where to start with my next one.
But, for now, enjoy these quick little illustrations of a few different mouth movements I did for the test. Maybe next time, if I like it enough, I'll show off some of the test animation.
And, if you'd like to hear the song I was messing around with, you can see some REAL animation done for it HERE. It's from the starting of the "Start The Machine" DVD and the song starts at about the 1:50 mark.
Have a great day.
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