Clone High Reanimate

• Composite the animation base on the storyboard.
• Client asked for a white laboratory background that looks like real life
• Make it as if characters are in real life.

Animators love to reanimate scenes of their favourite shows, bringing a twist of their own style in it.

Project Goal
The artist in this case wanted her animation to appear in a real life setting even combining the clay animation with it, but didn’t know how to do it. That’s where I come in.

Main Animated frame

She showed me the storyboard for her idea (it's an animatic mp4 file storyboard)

It has the character talking about his life and then randomly transforms into a clay as he is contemplating life.

I offered her solutions to save her main animation in alpha channels and for the clay animation to take pictures of it in a green background, she agreed and sent me the following mp4 files each including their own character set to appear in the scene.

I bring all the files to After Effects and begin the composition process. I had difficulty with the robot and the little ball man file as there were two distinctive green coloured backgrounds for the keylight to register. In order to fix this I brought these files to Photoshop and selected the subjects, and began painting with one green colour. This process took around 10 minutes.

Character edited in green backgroundOriginal Client fileClient File edited to green background
Edits being made in After Effects

The laboratory background was found in istock and the client was happy with it so I bring them all to AE. The characters are now together, this looks fine but the characters look out of place, plus there is no reflection of them to complement the background.

I begin to add layer styles to each character, masking the corners of each on their own pre-comp. This layer styles include inner shadow in multiply mode.

Edits being made in After Effects
Final Product

With some carefully thought light blue hue (cause no light is completely white) and shadows, the characters are looking much better in the setting, however there is no reflection. I begin to copy files and rotate and reflect them, adding some opacity and colour correction layers to blend seamlessly with the background. Finally giving some finishing touches, like the camera zooming in to match with the storyboard. Creating the final piece.

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