I’m currently working on my Save the Date animation for the remainder of the Folly Campaign now that I’m done with the other elements.
I was debating between using either the “Linus & Lucy” song or the “Charlie Brown Theme” on the Here’s to You Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years album by David Benoit.
I forgot to upload these sketches before, but here were the general storyboards that I developed. The first one that was developed on notebook paper was my first idea to create an animation narrative inside of the icon pattern, but I thought it looked shitty and didn’t like it, so I thought of some other ideas.
The second page has 3 options.
The first one is based on the silhouettes of the infamous Charlie Brown Christmas dance scene and I was going to have them all dancing around before zooming the camera out to show that they were inside one of the knit pattern stitches, then I was going to pan out and to the right as the text started falling in, closing with the Folly Logo.
The second idea was based on the piano portion of the graphic. I was going to show Charlie’s iconic shirt before zooming out to show him running along the piano keys (to the tune of the song) until it reaches the end and the text is showing the information, with the logo in the corner. That’s why there’s all those letters indicating the notes being played (I tracked it out by ear using this super cool virtual keyboard site, since I didn’t have my keyboard with me at school). It definitely made me miss playing piano and I had a bad urge to just go home and start making music.
The third idea features no imagery of the characters, or major graphics besides a static image of the icon. Having the focus be on the music itself as the text information falls into the scene, each one doing a different dance motion that mimicks the motions of the characters themselves (hence the weird arrows conveying the direction of motion next to each character name).
It’s funny that after these sketches, I decided to do a bit of a combination of various aspects from each storyboard. But I didn’t make a storyboard for this all encompassing idea. I just dived right into it in the moment of inspiration! I decided to tap into the piano portion of the main graphic, and made it a little bit more dimensional as it plays along to the song and then zooms out next to the text. I still might make the text dance like the characters, but we shall see. I don’t want to have too much going on because I want to keep the simplicity of the overall campaign style. I also added a little bit of texture to the overall animation to make it a little bit less rigid in appearance.
Here are some screen shots of the progress though. (:
I’ll have the final pieces up soon!