A leader for Staples Office Centre introducing their fair convention, Staples Fast Forward: changing gears for success.
production: Alex Pitstra
sound design and voiceover: Renger Koning
VFX & motion graphics: Frank Boxman, based on a much adjusted Adobe After Effects template from videohive.net: Racing Fever
Right after doing my explanimation for Simple Story Videos — actually during finishing touches — I was plunged into an animated fair presentation for Hoza Logistic Solutions. Commissioned by advertisement agency Dizain, produced and directed by Bushok Rockvideos.
It’s actually not very different from an explanimation. It’s not spoken but has to be read, it has no sound, it has less humor. Other than that it’s still an explanimation since the text is build the same way, it’s an animation (even has some subtle character animation), and the purpose is to present and explain what Hoza stands for in a clear and visual manner.
This project almost got the best of my 12 core Mac Pro and it was a tough render-heavy experience. As a result I’ve added to my RAM and hard drives. A valuable free video course dealing with performance— covering many tips I found elsewhere — is this one at Video2Brain by Todd Kopriva: After Effects & Premiere Pro Performance Workshop. Running 1 hr 20 min it is well worth your while.
In the end this project did yield a 4.5 minute awesome soundless video that is somewhat different from my earlier work … and yet the same. The sky isn’t the limit. Maybe it’ll have sound design at some point in the future, if the client wants it. That’d be cool.
A thank you goes out to videocopilot.
Renger of Soundbase/Soundlabel has a Sound Studio right here in the Puddingfabriek. He called out on Twitter for Kinetic Typography projects to apply his new X-treme Whooshes Volume 3 to. I offered to build him a project especially for that. More examples are to follow by others, and the Volume will be released some time in the near future.
As for the process. I had traffic accidents in mind creating this, and spend some time tweaking the animation with the speed graph on this one. It was a good project for it and I made it nice and grungy.
“You’ve thought about franchising. But you have questions. You need someone who knows franchise law, understands franchise regulation, has a plan for avoiding the “franchising pitfalls” and – if franchising is right for you – has the formula for franchising your business.
Charles N. Internicola is the Franchise authority.”
Simple Story Videos from Ottawa, Canada, contacted me a little while back to ask if I’d animate for them. Having just posted my Mutant Worm explanimation on twitter they emailed me the very next day. Come to think of it, it might have been the same day due to the time difference.
The collaboration finally happened about a month ago when I started creating this video for franchise lawyer Charles N. Internicola. Simple Story Vids provided the voice over, storyboard and most of the illustrations, so I can only take credit for animating Apparently, the client was so satisfied he might want three more videos.
The sound was done by Soundbase (Soundlabel)—also based here in the Puddingfabriek (yes, this was once a pudding factory)—mainly using sounds from their upcoming X-treme Whooshes Volume 3.
I love doing these and reorganized my site to stress them more. If at all possible, can I have my own actual studio, with an arc over the entrance reading MUTANT WORM ANIMATION STUDIOS? We’d be creating all sorts of character animation projects in After Effects, 3D Software, and actual stop motion. I did my first animation with clay in my early days of filmmaking so it wouldn’t be weird to return to the actual physical stuff.
Hurray, we have a daughter!
Zoe Jenny Boxman was born at 02:30, 15 juni 2010. She weighs 4060 gram.
Zoe’s zecond name icomes from both her grandma’s: Joke (Johanna) + Henny (Hendrika)= Jenny
We chose a no nonsense spelling for Zeo. Not Zoë, Zoey, Zooey or any such extravagances, just Zoe. This is apparently the original Greek spelling, meaning ‘leven’.
That’s me playing a tune on the guitar that I wrote when I was about 20, and that’s Zoe’s sound on her first day.
Sas, Frank & Tom