The Animation Production Process
Sketched Storyboards and Animatic Video
A storyboard was sketched out based on the script. The storyboard images were then put into a video sequence with a draft voiceover recording so we could test the timings and ensure the script and images made sense when played together.
At this point we made some script and image revisions before moving to the next stage.
Illustration of Animation Assets
Once the sketched storyboards were signed off, the storyboards were illustrated in the style design.
The illustrations were created using Adobe Illustrator with some content created in Adobe After Effects.
Some revisions were made based on the client’s feedback before moving onto the next production phase.
The animation phase started by preparing all the illustrations for animation. This involved separating artwork out onto layers and naming them.
The Adobe Illustrator files were imported into Adobe After Effects then animated!
A professional voice over artist recorded the script then the audio track was mixed and edited so it could be animated in time to.
The researchers who produced this report (Michael Norman, University College London; Rebecca Martin, University of Cambridge; Sajeev Mohankumar, Rothamsted Research; Christopher Waite, Imperial College London) are using their animated video to successfully explain and engage people in their research.
The animation was published on Twitter and LinkedIn with a link to the report where it received positive feedback and engagement.