In part 1 of this Behind the Scenes series I shared some of the initial process of sketching out visual ideas for a script for an animated infographic video, followed by a rough storyboard. The next stage in the development process is to create the visual elements digitally and then stage them.

As a reminder, this is intended to be a very short animated video – a public service announcement promoting the benefits of walking 30 minutes per day, 5 times per week.

Create Illustrations & Graphics

Based on the visual ideas from sketches and the storyboard, I create new illustrations or repurpose existing graphics in Adobe Illustrator. The graphics for this video consist mostly of a character walking through a cityscape. The walking character is something I’ve previously created. For the cityscape, I was able to reuse some graphics from my library but needed to create some new illustrations as well.

The cityscape graphic in Adobe Illustrator.

The cityscape graphic in Adobe Illustrator.

 

The character will walk through a park scene as well. This is the incomplete park graphic in Adobe Illustrator.

The character will walk through a park scene as well. This is the incomplete park graphic in Adobe Illustrator.

 

The character will also walk across a bridge and into a building on the other side. This is the graphic for the bridge scene - still not completed.

The character will also walk across a bridge and into a building on the other side. This is the graphic for the bridge scene – still not completed.

 

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The animated walking character that I will revise slightly for this video.

 

Staging the Graphic Elements

In most of my videos, most of the graphics are created in Adobe Illustrator and then I bring those into Apple Motion to animate them. Before animating however, I compose the various scenes, in essence, staging the graphics.

The opening scene composed in Apple Motion.

The opening title in Apple Motion.

 

Staging the opening scene in Apple Motion

Staging the opening scene in Apple Motion

 

Composing the park scene in Apple Motion.

Composing the park scene in Apple Motion.

 

Transitioning the character from the park to the bridge scene.

Transitioning the character from the park to the bridge scene.

 

The bridge scene.

The bridge scene.

 

I’ll typically do some degree of animation while staging the graphics to help get a sense of composition but primarily this step is about composing the scenes and in doing so making changes to the illustrations as needed. In this particular case, I’m still trying different color options, tweaking placement of buildings in the cityscape, trees in the park scene and adding details for the bridge and clock tower. Apple Motion integrates very well with Adobe Illustrator and once I’ve imported an Illustrator .ai file in Motion, when I make subsequent changes to that Illustrator file, they’re immediately reflected in Apple Motion.

The next major stage in the process will be to animate the character, making him walk and the scenery move behind him, and adding transitions.

Read Part 1 Behind the Scenes: Visuals Ideation and Storyboard

Read Part 3 Behind the Scenes: Animation