One Day Animated Short 2
Hey there again,
A few weeks ago my dear friend Nils came over for another Studio Monday. He grabbed all my animation equipment and wanted to make another One Day Animated Short™ as he made one last year.
His setting looked somewhat like that:
Setup for One Day Animated Short 2.
He cut out all the shapes you see in the clip, put them into a frame and lit them from behind in a way, that the camera grabbed the images of the back-lit shapes on a white screen.
The Animated Short
One Day Animated Short 2 by Nils Diewald, 2012.
What he thinks
This animation was more experimental than the first one.
I had no story in mind and was a lot less focussed on the production than last year. The basis was just the technical idea of filming projected lights and shadows from a screen – and although the result is okay, the technique (that’s my summary) isn’t really useful.
Post-production was extremely time-consuming (each image had to be altered regarding brightness, contrast, and color in Photoshop), and preparing the cut-outs was pretty time-consuming as well … I would say: The best technique should be the one that helps you best to tell your story. This one was more a stumbling block than anything else. ;)
What I think
Most hand made animation techniques are time-consuming, that’s for sure.
Nils chose one for which this is especially true. Basically, he did a replacement animation and had to cut out every tiny move from a sheet of paper.
I love the style though. (And I love to work with replacements, too!)
The mean thing about trying to finish an animated short in one day is that you have to keep it simple. – For most people that’s the hardest part. Whenever you have the time and the resources, I’d say, go for the most fancy way.
Anyway, I like this little animation, and as always, it’s very inspiring to have someone like Nils around. Well done, Nils! I look forward to your third One Day Animated Short!
What do you think?
See you soon!