R // 002 : No Keyframe!

The R // videos are signed by each of the reanimators independently.
They’re a testing ground for experimentations of new techniques (and ancient too), with only one constraint or theme.

For this second serie, we made animations without any keyframes!

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RAIN MELODY // work in progress

 

After a week of learning Pure Data at the Imal, Boris came up with this…. thing.

« It was a beautiful sunny week though!

I’d like to keep working on this, mainly on the sound part.
But also maybe to get something more random and more organic in the image.
And maybe some day make an app out of it! »

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DETECTIVES – OPENING SEQUENCE // Making-of

THE BRIEF

DELANTE TV got in contact with REANIMATION early in the project (during the writing of the season1) for the design of the opening credits.

The brief was simple : we had to create a 40s sequence which sets up the series’ universe:

the city of Paris
• modern investigation techniques
• introducing the detectives family

The general mood had to evoke the fresh, light and modern feel of the series…

This work came in continuity to a first collaboration between DELANTE and REANIMATION on the feature film MOI MICHEL G (released in 2011).

DETECTIVES - Title

THE CONCEPT

We follow a small investigation through Paris, jumping from one clue to another, via a “Google Streetview like” interface.

At first we don’t understand what the clues are leading to, but as we move through Paris, we realize that the object of our investigation is the Roche family…

The idea of the opening sequence is to get the spectator to want to watch the sequence again. At the begining of every episode he would notice a new detail.

The investigation is fluid, one clue calls another, the eye is constantly guided by a common thread which drives us elsewhere (a pen stroke, a mouse pointer…).

The investigation has a playfull aspect, it helps in feeling the light atmosphere of the series, far from the dramatic or shabby clichés other police series can have.

DETECTIVES - Nora

THE DETECTIVES’ UNIVERSE

In this sequence, we wanted to show the tools a modern detective uses on a daily basis (which mainly consists in a clever use of tools we all have access to : search engines, cross-databases, social networks

DETECTIVES - Philippe

THE TECHNIQUE

In order to create animated streetviews, we used a very special capture technique which allowed us to create 360° stop-motion sequences.

In post-production we were then able to move inside these timelapses, changing the camera movements.

Here’s a different point of view on the introduction sequence :

We wanted to use another technique : photographic travellings, a technique we like to use on a regular basis with REANIMATION, which gives us a way to smoothly move through the city.

DETECTIVES - Street1

MUSIC

The choice of the track When You Know was a part of the brief from the very start.

The band Puggy was quite familiar to us as Yann worked on the motion graphics of their videoclip Dubois in 2007.

 

DETECTIVES - Street2

THE TEAM

An Opening Sequence by REANIMATION

Yann Deval // Direction, shooting, compositing & sound design
Thomas Fage // Shooting & editing
Boris Wilmot // Motion-graphics design & animation
Stéphane Laplatte // Motion-graphics design & animation

Music by Puggy
Production by Delante TV
March 2012

The series DETECTIVES is aired on France 2 in spring 2013.

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KIT DE REANIMATION : TYPEWRITER

Yesterday was the airing of the documentary Philippe Geluck, l’échappé belge. A biography of belgian cartoonist Philippe Geluck.

The briefing was pretty clear : “old paper texture and a typewriter writing on it”.

Pushing things further, we decided to write down a whole alphabet with an old 1920 Continental typewriter we had, and use it as our font. Looking organic, looking dirty, just as we like it!

Now that the movie is out, we wanted to give away this material, for free, for others to use it. So here it is, a new KIT DE REANIMATION, with the scanned Continental alphabet, as well as some sound recordings of the machine!

Download the Kit!

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R // 001 : REANIMATION logo animation, march 2013

The R // videos are signed by each of the reanimators independently.
They’re a testing ground for experimentations of new techniques (and ancient too), with only one constraint or theme.

For the first batch in march, we played around with the REANIMATION logo.

All videos were sound designed by Yann Deval.
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KIT DE REANIMATION // After Effects text preset : Airport Sign

A text preset. Comes with an .aep project for you to check out.

The idea is to have a text layer only with “g” in the Webdings font, to make the rotating squares.
In the example, to get this rectangle shape, I scaled the font 129% vertically and 70% horizontally.
And I pushed the tracking to 100..

And another layer, with a monospaced font. Then, you have to play with the characters size, scale and tracking to put each of them in the center of the squares.

In the example, I took the OCR font, with the same size as my webding font. I pushed the tracking to 50 but left both horizontal and vertical scaling to 100%.

You do the same animation on both layers, et voilà!
(Just be carefull that you need to have the same amount of letters on the square layer and the text layer, so just fill the blanks with spaces…)

Last thing I did in the example is to offset the “OCR” text anchor point, so my text is in front of the square shapes when they turn.

Download the Kit!

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TO THIS DAY PROJECT

To This Day is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

To This Day project asked animators and motion artists to pitch in to animate the spoken word poem.
We wanted to be part of this adventure, and submitted our vision : a child telling his story through his drawings.
Here you can see our 20 second part :

And Here is the full length spoken word poem!

“Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.
Animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments that will thread into one fluid voice.
This collaborative volunteer effort demonstrates what a community of caring individuals are capable of when they come together.”

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