Audio Syncing in After Effects
Having an [audio file] and [a good concept] are just the beginning of a great project. To actually execute the idea, you'll need to start getting technical. Technique is what today's lesson is all about! We're going to bring our audio file into After Effects and laying down markers where ever we need to record a beat, word, phrase, sound, or any specific moment that we later want to sync motion to. Below you will also find a screen-cast of this lesson:
Updating and Prepping the Style-Frame for AFX
In addition to this, I think I also need to make an updated style-frame, one that more closely matches the movement suggested by my storyboard. For reference, here is my original style-frame:
And here is my story-board, riffing off of the above style-frame:
There are some movements in the story-board that aren't captured in my style-frame, which is fine: style-frames aren't designed to suggest motion. However, I want to use my style-frame, or something very similar to it, in my After Effects project. This composition will have the text and images all laid out the way I want them to be, as suggested by the story-board. Here is what I have:
It looks a lot different, and not as nice, as the original style-frame. Therefore, rather than call it 'style-frame', we should probably call this the composition frame, or staging composition, because we can now bring it into our AFX project and animate it.
Continuing the Text Animation Project
The following tutorial covers the process of creating and refining a more 'animatable' styleframe. [Here are the exercise files]
Ok, so nothing is perfect right out of the box! We need to fix our quotes so that we can actually work with them.
Beginning the Animation
Now that we have our quote shapes under control, let's start animating!
Did you catch all that?! It's cool if you didn't: you can [download the After Effects project with collected files] to look more closely at what I did (Note: these files are in CS6 format).
This is the pitch video for the ¡Salud! Myths and Reality of Mexican Immigrant Health documentary that I am currently researching and developing with my students. This film is the product of my honors seminar course at Lehman College CUNY exploring the so-called 'Latino Health Paradox' – the better than expected health outcomes of recent Latino immigrants to the US. We want to create a broadcast two-hour documentary to explain this paradox through the lens of recent Mexican immigrants in NYC.
This pitch video will be used to help crowdfund the documentary.
Directed by: David Schwittek and Alyshia Galvez
Victor Borja Armas
I recently completed this short animation for the 2013 Sustainable CUNY Video Short Contest. The film features the voices of Natalie Goldberg, Lindsey Goldberg, and Abby Schwittek.
I made this short doc for the Bronx Children's Museum's 3rd annual Dream Big Initiative, shown at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. Bobby was a ton of fun to work with! His response to the film: " You do good work!"
Redact This! Artists Against Torture is an artistic response to the torture programs that have intensified in the wake of September 11 and have been justified by the "War on Terror". This evocative volume includes the work of artists such as Fernando Botero, Jenny Holzer, Daniel Heyman, Sandow Birk, Richard Serra, Malaquias Montoya, Frances Jeter, Art Hazelwood, Lou Netter and many members of the War Criminals Watch community. The idea for this book came to me in a dream and, in collaboration with my friends at WorldCantWait.org and WarCriminalsWatch.org, I decided to go ahead and produce it. We are currently looking for a publisher and have recently decided to seek for funding to self-publish as an interactive e-book.
This is a proof-of-concept demo for the documentary Out From Plato’s Cave by Anna Purves. It is an interweaving of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave with the real life experiences by college students on their path to enlightenment while at Lehman College/City University of New York. As her editor and collaborator, I worked closely with Anna on developing the edit from her original cuts. I also often sat in back of the camera on many occasions, asking the kind of questions that got the best answers out of our interviewees – including Anna herself!