The Trailer I have all been waiting for
To be honest, my final project for Critical Making AR/VR, while making the cut for my portfolio, was a personal dream project come to life. There was a big part of me that, after coming up with the idea of an adult cartoon about serial killers, was dying to see the whole thing come to life. I knew I would eventually deliver on the idea, but I didn’t know how or when.
Hey Jacque from 2016, girl, we did it. Well, we made a pretty convincing trailer of your idea anyway.
The tools I ended up using were Adobe Character Animator, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects. Thankfully I had my puppet rigged up from last semester, and she also has the ability to walk.
If you would like to read that project, go here:
The Brown Recluse, Take One
The first big hurdle I had to overcome in this project was writing the script for the trailer. Since I have never written a script before, it was challenging to think about how to incorporate all of the details to tell a 1 minute story of the character’s life. It had to be funny as well because that is sort of my shtick.
Once the script was done, I had to animate scenes and another character for her to interact with.
I crafted all of the scenes in Illustrator, and built the second character from a hand drawing in Illustrator as well. Then, I went into Character Animator to film the scenes where the puppet had to walk or make facial movements or sounds. At the same time, I began writing out scenes that would be words in between the action scenes in After Effects. After Effects was the software that tied all of the scenes and recordings together.
It was actually a lot of fun doing it, but one of the downsides was that I became tired of recording my own voice for every scene.
Part of me feels like I live vicariously through this character. Even when the project was annoying and tedious to make, I reminded myself why I made her in the first place. Yes, she was part of a bigger cartoon comedy series about serial killers in suburbia, but she was also an outlet for my anger against men sometimes or “The Patriarchy” (as it were).
Anyway, without further ado:
Thank you for reading this far. I hope you enjoy hearing my voice as every the announcer and character.