somethingsavage asked: hey man, love your work. i was reading about your short short where you mention animating in flash, followed by texturing in AE, could you talk about this more? do you just matte out the textures or is it more than that? also, did you finish that short short?
Hey, Thanks for the positive feedback. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to make my short short yet, but I have been playing around with techniques on other projects at my day job.
Basically, I animate in Flash on layers, export the layers as sequences separately and then recombine them in AE. Once in there, with the layers, there are all kinds of things I try. Yes, I use the drawn layers as mattes for textures, but I also will sometimes manually animate lots of solids that I mask to create shadows and highlights. Sometimes I will duplicate layers and mess around with effects on them, offset them, whatever I can to get the desired look. The textures I use to fill the drawn shapes, I don’t just let them lie flat. Usually I will track them along, distort them and other stuff to have them correspond properly to the drawn elements they are filling.
I hope this answers your question a bit. I will post some more stuff soon and describe specifically how I went about accomplishing the effects for each post.