Digital Puppet and Animation Service
Digital Puppet Cartoon Characters in marketing ultimately boost your business. Cartoon characters help you focus the attention of more people. Viewers connect on an emotional level and make them more inclined to listen to what you have to say.
If your offer truly solves their problem, ultimately these users will buy from you. ‘Character Animator’ digital puppet animation provides a great solution for graphics for your website ( Eg ‘Steve, Eric, Olivia’ – SEO) and for video content. Typically we will use multiple versions of the same puppet and rig them to perform a specific task suited to the video’s scenes. Simple setups you can animate in real-time.
Once rigged a digital puppet captures the performance using a camera, microphone, keyboard, mouse, or touch screen. While performing, ‘Character Animator’ captures your facial expressions and movement.
Building the Cartoon Character Steve
Watch Luke do a first stage rigging of Steve, demonstrating the process of converting flat artwork into a digital puppet.
Working with Character Animator
Character Animator (CA) has some incredible features and works in tandem with After Effects. Quite often we need to make changes to a puppet and it never fails to impress when saving an illustrator/photoshop file, which updates the CA puppet artwork, which in turn updates After Effects and finally updates Premier.
Similar for audio files too the process of generating a lip-sync from a file (rather than a mic) has the same benefit of updating AE and Premier as well, and has proved invaluable for language translations, add a new voice over with similar synced up timings so the scenes are similar then tweak the performance, the action and even the backgrounds for a finished video that will appeal to a very different audience. Days worth of work can be reduced down to hours.
Other functions like Physics are great adding bouncy movement to hair, nose and body. Magnets for attracting or picking up independent objects. Triggers can have preset gestures like waving or a dancing sequence. The trigger/movement can be set as a key on a keyboard or MIDI device.
Character Animator Cartoon Story Example
Taken from the BoodleBobs Childrens Channel. The best thing about building a catalgue of puppets is that in our case later episodes had a lot more character apperences.
BoodleBobs is low budget animation for kids, it has to be low budget to feature so many characters (90 throughout the 26 stories) and for Luke to work through the character designs, puppet rigging, performances, backgrounds, post etc within an allocated two to three weeks.