Geoffrey Long
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Success! (Kinda.)

Ah, yes. That's what grad school is all about – staying up until 4AM to finish a project that's a downsized version of the uber-ambitious project you'd had in mind at the beginning. In this case, I'd hoped to animate the logo, the 'stinger' (or whatever you call it) of hook-'em plot that goes right before the opening credits, the opening credits and the first scene of an animated version of Bones of the Angel, but instead I only got through the logo, stinger and credits. The first scene will have to wait – which is fine, since I want to have Talon do the voiceover work for Jack Walker anyway.

But! It's done, I got at least some sleep, I now know how to do some more basic work in Final Cut Pro and how to burn DVDs using iDVD, and the end result is pretty kick-ass. I wanted to see if a guy like me could create an animated project using just a G5, a Wacom tablet, Adobe Illustrator, FInal Cut Pro, some off-the-shelf shareware for screen grabs and audio off the Internet. I think the answer is yes, with the output being something akin to a "Reading Rainbow" for adults. What do you think? Check it out:

(5.2MB QuickTime .mov file, QuickTime required, needs sound to be turned up)


Very nice work! I'm curious -- was the artwork captured as it was drawn (sped up, of course), or animated after the fact from the finished drawing? (I suspect he latter, though the effect is really nice.)

Nope, it was the former! Captured with Illustrator, a Wacom tablet and a program called Snapz Pro X from Ambrosia Software. I'm glad you liked it!

Cool, Geoff. And even worth the time it takes to download via a dial-up connection -- and that's saying a lot! Very slick.

Geoff - very cool. It sounds and looks great, and hell I loved the credits!

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