Because the song has specific ties to his time spent in the Sonoran Desert, Justin Champlin (née Nobunny) travelled to Tucson, AZ for the shoot, which was undertaken over two days at multiple remote locations. For the time lapse section, the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly was utilized.
Justin also supplied me with original drawings (see below) for various characters that he wanted to have appear in the video. The original art was drawn on notebook paper and photographed with a cell phone. I then extracted, colorized and rigged the characters for animation in After Effects using Duik Tools.
This project was really a lot of fun, and I had a fantastic time working with Justin (also: if you ever get the chance to see Nobunny live I highly recommend it).
Above Right: In-progress timelapse sequence
Test render from the final 3D “Falling Credits” sequence, which was animated in Cinema 4D.
Behind the scenes shot of the timelapse sequence, made using the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly system.
Above Top: Original B/W character designs by Justin
Above Middle: Separated and colorized versions for animation
Above Bottom: Sample video of initial character animation
Character Creation and Animation
Justin’s original character designs were drawn on notebook paper and photographed with a cell phone.
After extracting the line art they were colorized in Photoshop and then rigged for animation in After Effects.
Above: Miscellaneous pre-animation sequences
Pre-animation still-frame exports of various scenes throughout the video. All of the footage was shot over the course of two days at multiple desert locations in Tucson, AZ.