I'm creating a video for a client and it's going well, but I need a short animation completed which I'm having trouble with. I'm guessing it's relatively simple, but I don't really have that much experience with character/cartoon style animation so I'm not that good with the puppet tool or anything like that.
Anyway! It's an animation of a fish swimming onto screen, doing a little back-flip (as if jumping out of the water) and then coming to rest in a certain position. A .png of the fish is attached and a .png of the resting position of the fish is attached. Obviously you'll have to recreate the fish, or use the puppet tool to make a straight version (like in the attached example) so that you can then animate the tail flapping as it swims through the water. It should only really be all curled up like in the final version when it's doing it's flip through the air. No need to animate any water or anything, I'll take care of everything else... it's just the fish that needs animating.
Total duration around 4 seconds, so it'll be about two and a half to three seconds swimming into the screen and one to one and a half seconds flipping into position. The fish itself doesn't need to look realistic as it's just a blue blob with some leaves coming out of the back, but it's quite important that the movement's are realistic... the way it swims, the way the fins wiggle, the way it jumps out of the water etc. Might be worth watching some Youtube videos of fish swimming to get a good handle on it... Koi Carp or goldfish, something like that.
I've also attached a very rough animatic of what I mean. Swims in from the bottom right, comes to around the middle then a flick of the tail and it flips and lands in position. The animatic isn't all that far off, but the movements need to be a lot more organic, less rigid and the fins need to move appropriately. One thing to note... the size, duration and format of the video are all the same as the preferred output.
Final deliverable will be a 1920x1080, 29.97fps, FLV with Alpha Channel at 10,000kbps CBR. No audio required or anything other than the fish. Total duration of 3.5 to 4.5 seconds from entering the screen to being in the final position. Quicktime PNG will do if you can't do FLV, was just hoping to keep the file sizes down.
You can create the animation in any software you like, but After Effects would be ideal so I can make some minor alterations. Please let me know if you can provide the AE project file or not. I include two rounds of revisions for all my clients, so please include the same in your price. As long as the animation looks good then revisions should be limited to the duration of the animation (maybe a second or two more or less) or the final resting position (up/down, closer/further away) etc. Hopefully they won't be needed, but just in case!
First draft needed by Monday afternoon (GMT) at the latest. Before would be preferable, but see what you can do.
I don't have a massive budget for this, so the lower the better... but quality is important, so bid what it's worth and hopefully I can afford it! If anything's not clear then please let me know and I'll try my best to explain. Please let me see examples of your cartoon/animation/character animation work. Proposals that address the requirements of the project are always appreciated.. rather than just something like "Benchmark of quality with high speed working. Thanks." ;)
Sorry for the information overload... wanted to make sure I covered everything!
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03/01/2013 at 17:23 CET
Uploading the fish animatic as an mp4 just in case anybody is having trouble with the flv. Thanks!