At the moment, me and fellow classmate Amanda Nilsson are working on finalizing our first animated short. We’re working in Adobe Animate (Flash) and are pretty much done. Our first film will clock in at just under a minute a features a drunk, miserable rabbit-like creature named “Dutzie“.
We’re both huge film nerds and want to make sure every detail is just right, so of course we needed a bumper for our made up film company ‘Bad Apple Films’. We didn’t really want a flashy logo for this one so we decided on shooting something in the studio.
Here’s what we did:
- Boiled an apple for about 2 hours.
- Set up a hard light on a phototable.
- Put a mark on the table where we wanted the apple to hit (later masked out).
- Set the focus on the apple on the mark on the table.
- Filmed the impact of the apple as we dropped it from a ladder.
- Focus shift.
- Imported our footage into Premiere and put the text in (font: Keep Calm)
- Added camera blur to the text and keyframed to match the real focus shift.
- Added grain, filmscans and some sound effects.
- Job done.
It’s tempting to just put a clean bumper / logo together digitally, but I highly recommend getting some unique footage because it’s way more fun. And you’ll end up with something different. And different is good. There’s a million things you can do, no matter what theme you’re going for. Blow stuff up, make a time-lapse or paint some bananas – only rule is; don’t be boring.