This week the Mayor’s Assistant of my city’s municipality asked to me assist them in doing a “Twas The Night Before Christmas” animation as the Mayor reads the story for the Christmas Holidays. I am completely unfamiliar with this story but took on the challenge anyway. I thought about using Adobe & Apples products for the this task but I decided to go another route. I am a big supporter of open source software and I came across this software called Synfig Studio. I am by no means a cartoonist or animator by trade. I will get the basics of this software within the next week. I will be using Gimp to do all if any cut out to do a composite overlay with the Mayor.
The basis of the software is to allow you draw a vector base character and animate its vector splines Data along a timeline. You can also scan a graphic or texture into the computer and animate it. To create some depth for the project, I will bring in static backgrounds in to Blender as 3D plane objects. Then I will composite all the data assets in to Blender’s Node Compositor and finish the grading in Blender’s VSE (Video Sequence Editor). I will have to match the lighting setup of the mayor to make it somewhat believable. I hope can put this off in 2.5 months.
I will be using my Sampltude ProX for for all post audio work.
Some SynFig Screen Shots
Sample of Blender’s 3D Space and Sample composite for a scratch concept. I will keep you informed as progress is being made.