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Emma Tran

Graphic & Interactive Designer / Animator

Reviewed by : Dermot Mac  Cormack

Illustration, Animation

My favorite way to illustrate and give life to my ideas and characters is through animation. I am constantly inspired by ideas, people and the knowledge that I pick up from a day – to – day basis.

Stage 1 : Process

I started animating using the frame – by – frame technique on Photoshop and I eventually learned tweening on After Effects. Frame – by – frame still feels more comfortable for me, allowing more freedom to illustrate the way I want and creating little nuances that I find slightly more difficult to replicate with the tweening technique.

Stage 2 : Application

I would like to create a wall full of short and sweet animations on Instagram and other social media platforms to share with others. It would be a great way to give immediate attention to my characters and ideas in a fun and delightful way.

Stage 3 : Adopt a pet animation

Programs : Photoshop

This short frame – by – frame animation was inspired by the idea of getting people to adopt pets rather than buying them from pet stores. There are tons of cute and sweet dogs and cats out there who desperately need a loving family and home!

Stage 4 : String dance

Programs : Photoshop

Conan O’Brien is a comedian with his own late night talk show on TBS. One day, while browsing documentaries, I stumbled upon a “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” documentary and after watching it, I felt really inspired by his journey. I wanted to create a short frame – by – frame animation that touched different aspects of his career, so I started off with the Simpsons. Conan was a writer on the Simpsons, and he wrote the monorail episode which turned out to be a huge success. It gained a lot of positive reviews, praise and recognition. The animation goes on to his transition to his late night shows where he eventually created his iconic string dance.

Stage 5 : The Most Astounding Fact animation

Programs : After effects

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist whose mission is to educate, promote scientific literacy and also share his love of the sciences. He tries to make science fun, accessible and understandable for people of all ages. In this animation, he speaks about the various elements that are found around the universe and how it can be traced back to us. And in a very poetic way, he states to us that the universe is inside of us. This was my first time applying the tweening technique in After Effects, and I used kinetic type to accompany the audio from the video “The Most Astounding Fact.” I applied various fonts, with some bright and darker colors for some contrast.

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