retro animation

Hi,

I’d like to try replicating the old Monty Python style animation. For example, for starters I’d like to simply make the eyes and jaw move in a face graphic. Wondering whats the best approach at this point in time. Thanks!

After Effects?

Hi alive876,

By “move in a face graphic”, do you mean you want the jaw and eyes -and, most likely, other facial features- be visible only within the shape of the face?

Thank you,
Matisse

Examples:
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See 2:35

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1BKtrG7qxQ
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See 2:30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYgqdaI-NRg
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See 3:54

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEy5vIWCJLQ

Hi o0Ampy0o and alive876,

The timeframes you have sent me are the very last second of each video, which I don’t think is what you meant.

In any case, it seems like what you are trying to do is to have some elements only visible through others.
To do that, you will need to use a Cutter node with its Invert property checked.

  1. Bring the Cutter node from the Node Library to the Node view.
  2. Connect the asset you are trying to cut (the pupil, for example) in the rightmost Cutter port.
  3. Connect the asset which is cutting the pupil (the eyeball, for example) on the leftmost port.
  4. Open the Layer Properties of the Cutter node and check the Invert property.
    Now, the pupil should only be visible through the eyeball shape.

If your eyeball has an outline of a different colour than the pupil, you might want to have this outline over the pupil.
To do so:

  1. Make sure your eyeball outline is on the Line-Art and the eyeball colour is on the Colour-Art.
  2. Grab a Line-Art node from the Node Library and bring it to your Node view.
  3. Take an additional connection from the eyeball drawing and connect it to the Line-Art node.
  4. Connect this Line-Art node in front of the pupil on the Composite.

Hope this helps,
Matisse

(That’s what I get for making a quick post, my apologies.)

Correction is in bold.

HEY LOOK AT THAT LAST LINK…FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EMBED A VIDEO HERE!!!