JAZZ LIP-SYNC ASSIGNMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATING LIP-SYNC
Scat Blues: https://vimeo.com/268260595
Inspired by Norman McLaren's drawn on film leader collaboration with jazz great Oscar Peterson, "Be Gone Dull Care".
“Scat Blues” with Sarah Vaughan ‘69. Soundtrack licensed courtesy of LRC LTD. Stephan Leeper/Central Michigan University 2018
This project was done by the students in my Introduction to Animation class as a fun way for new animators to learn the grueling process of lip-sync animation. The backgrounds are done by swapping various pages of scrapbooking patterns.
1. AUDIO BREAKDOWN/DESIGN PHONEMES
Oral Hygiene: https://vimeo.com/268260595
Design Phonemes: Take some time to research animated character designs. Then based on one of the three mouth sets provided, design your phonemes and and construct a full set that you feel compliments the assigned audio clip.
Breakdown Audio: Following the Dragonframe Lip-Sync Tutorial, import the psd file for your chosen mouth set, break down the voice track and assign phonemes accordingly. Playback the audio with assigned phonemes and if you like what you see export a movie to Playblast.
Movie Name: simpsonB_JazzPlayblast.mp4
2. TEST BACKGROUND PATTERNS
Be Gone Dull Care: https://vimeo.com/268260595
Test Animated Background Patterns: Test background animation by swapping various patterns under the camera in Dragonframe. You should animate about 240 frames (about 10 seconds @24fps) exhibiting a variety of experimentation. Export movie 16:9 MP4 @24fps from Dragonframe.
Background Test Specs:
Movie Name: simpsonB_PatternTest.mp4
3. FINISH PHONEMES/FINAL ANIMATION
Final Animation: Final animation should be done by swapping background patterns in a rhythm informed by the previous testing in step 2 while simultaneously replacing phonemes following the frame-by-frame breakdown as exported to your Dragonframe Checksheet. Beside swapping phonemes, your mouth should also translate up, down and from side to side in ways that compliment the music you are animating too.
- Swap patterns to animate background.
- Replace phonemes as indicated in DF Checksheet.
- Animate Mouth shapes up, down and from side to side to accentuate performance.
- Export MP4 4:3 1440 x 1080 @ 24fps
Movie Name: simpsonB_JazzLipSyncFinal.mp4
Tutorials and Resources:
Dragonframe Lip-Sync Tutorial.pdf
Lip-sync Charts and Face Set.zip
Stephan Leeper/Central Michigan University 2018