For our lip sync assignment we had to record some audio to begin with. We were told to ask random people the question; “What is love?” After picking out the best answer we were told to listen to the audio, and listen hard.
“What type of animal does the voice you recorded sound like and where is it?”
After asking Christian Andersen we knew it was going to head in a somewhat darker direction. A rabbit-like creature, trying to look real mean and hard, but with a inside of melted fudge just waiting to pour out of that thin, tired shell of a body. Dutzie was born.
This was the first sketch made on the train home from school.
Obviously Dutzie was in a bar throwing back some nice crispy (lukewarm and stale) brew – through a straw. Since he is trying so hard – but still is quite helpless and small. We added the fly since, (as always) something must die. Blood must be spilled. The fly also gave us a reason to play around a bit more with Dutzie’s eyes and the audio (the buzzing of the fly in relation to the microphone in the film).
Instead of eye-brows we used whiskers and ears because a true oddball needs to have big dumb eyes and nothing around the eyes, but wrinkles. And eyes. So much eyes. Eyes eyes and eyes. Oddball – Eyeball. This is science at it’s finest. We spent a whole day on lip syncing using about 12 different sets of mouths – and another 5 days just adding life to the character and the surroundings.
This was the first time for both Amanda and me working with Adobe Animate (or any type of animation for that matter) so I’m sure we could have gone a bit faster on a relatively small animation like this – if it wasn’t for the fact that we figured every single step out as we went along. This tutorial was amazing.
We fell in love with Dutzie – so we even printed T-shirts. And others seemed to like him too. This animation landed us a music video job we’ll be working on over the summer together. So stay tuned, because we’re not done yet.