The Animation at Work 2022 Contest
Videos From The Heart is about to enter Reallusions' 2022 Animation At Work Contest with an entry for their Vertical Short catagory. I am uploading the entry to YouTube for my THESEANAGRAMS channel. For those interested in entering the contest uploading to Instagram or TikTok is also an option.
If you can sign up for any social media platform and then use an app on your phone to take a picture, edit a picture, and get it uploaded to one of the social media platforms your already half way there to becoming a motion graphic editor or amaeture animator because you are following a process. The ability to follow a process is all your need to get started.
but you'll need to get on your desktop, because ...
REALLUSION is offering a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL Download to the Cartoon Animator 4 Software. It's a great opportunity to not only try your hand at animation but perhaps even enter a production into one of the catagories. There is time---entries are due August 8th, 2022.
Visit the CartoonAnimator4 page at the REALLUSION website and see what waits there for you if your tempted to jump in and give it a try. There is absolutely no cost to you to give animating 'a go'. The trial software will provide a plethora of characters and props for you to use, as well offer you training tutorials that you can easily access right within the software itself. I warn you, its easy to fall in love with animating, doing voice work and having a fun innovative way of telling a story thats been buzzing around in your head. Now, let me tell you a little bit about my entry in this years Animation at Work contest.
I will be using four softwares to bring my production entry to a final MP4 render.
Let's Talk About HOOT!
HOOT! began his animated life as a customized GoAnimate character who would tell folks about the truth and wisdom of Anagrams. He is my own character design who eventually was born as animated character in 2010 when he was divinely gifted with movement by the talented Australian Artist, David Arandle. In his very first introduction animation he showed viewers how the letters contained in the title GOANIMATE could also be twisted around to make the word phrase, A GIANT MEGA.
GOANIMATE, to date, has become exactly that and is now today called, Vyond. Vyond is a online animation platform that you can join, but for a monthly free. For a few years, HOOT! had a comfortable home there until Arandle once again transformed him into a G2 and G3 character for Reallusions' Crazy Talk Animator 3 platform, which is now Cartoon Animator 4. David Arandle knew the G2 and G3 format would allow for HOOT! to progress as an animator cartoon character.
HOOT! IS A GEMINI BY SUN SIGN
I first saw HOOT! come alive on May 22, 2010 when I opened an email from Arandle telling me HOOT was now inside the GA platform as flash character.
This timing auspiciously placed his Sun at Birth in the sign of Gemini which is the sign of 'the messenger'. Mercury is the planet assigned to rule over Gemini; and like the God HERMES to which Mercury is associated, it's HOOT!s starry destiny to a Messenger. His Gemini Sun forms a 120 angle to the Moon in Libra which of course made him a very popular character in the GA community.
The idea of an owl to deliver the fun of anagrams came to me sometime in 2008. So I drew him up in his tree and then went looking for a way of how to animate him---something I knew nothing about. But willing to learn.
The universe than led me to join the GoAnimate community and its there where David Arandle aka The Extrodinary Tourist aka TET felt inclined to take my drawing of HOOT! that I used in his first anagram animation about TEENAGE GIRLS. It was a terrible production. But Arandle, he saw the potential of an Owl telling Anagrams and out of the goodness of his heart brought HOOT! to life. The Universe is really cool that way.
So here we are. Entering contests and still sharing THESEANAGRAMS.
As a flash character in GA, Arandle gave HOOT! a side look glance that just immediately melted my heart.
I got to say, that I got a little distracted when Crazy Talk 2 and 3 came along for me, because a bunch of other creative ideas and voices in my head wanted to explore the other characters I was finding both in the software and being sold by the Marketplace community partners. So my dear little HOOT! sort got put on the back burner in the CA4 software. But he already had quite a few animations on the GoAnimate platform.
One of my personal favorites doesn't tell any anagrams at all. It was to tell a story about how on one fateful day I surripteiously found a yellow canary. It was back in September of 2013. It's there where Michael Shawn Gonzales enters. So now let's talk about his music, "Gypsy Grass".
"Gypsy Grass" by Michael Shawn Gonzales
Prior to the summer of 2013 I was doing graphic promoting assignments for a local tavern that was offering live music every Saturday night with a concentration in the Blues genre. Which by the way is my favorite genre of music. Something about my own Venus in Scorpio at birth resonates quite equally with the Blues.
It was there that I had the blessing to meet a few world class musians. One of them being Michael Shawn Gonzales who I began following on social media and heard his guitar instrumental "Gypsy Grass". I was so taken by its lilt that I used it to produce an animation with HOOT telling the world about how I, TheseStars, magically found the yellow canary.
Almost done with the animation, I sent the video link along to Shawn telling him that when I first listened to "Gypsy Grass" I felt like it was a perfect fit for HOOT! and if he would allow me to use it in my animation. Besides him kindly asking me if he could help with the audio levels to perfect the production, this was Shawns' response.
To really understand how magical this all is, you have to watch the video on HOW THESESTARS FOUND THE YELLOW CANARY. I do all the voice work for 5 characters in this video. Keep in mind I was only three years in on teaching myself how to pull a whole animation together from script writing to voice acting.
Animation At Work: WORK IN PROGRESS VIDEO
Using the online tutorials for CA4 I learned and practiced how to make my dream of storytelling about anagrams through a darling little Owlet named HOOT! possible. This WIP is in now way a perfect tutorial, but I do cover how HOOT! came to be and how easy it is to get use to the timeline and how to make text assets appear with motions on the scene.
It would be most appreciated if you could take a moment to subscribe to HOOT!'s very own YouTube channel called THESEANAGRAMS and be ready to watch the full length entry into this years Animation at Work contest when I get my production entered. Keep in mind there is a special surprise about what truths my original character HOOT! found hiding inside the word phrase, CARTOON ANIMATOR.
And just maybe you'll be encouraged to try your own hand at animation.