Photoshop Anim

Spotlight on Animations Made ​​in Photoshop

ATT Asset Trailer

After working on a dozen video projects for AT&T, I decided to create an After Effects utility that could provide a strong, efficient workflow. Click here (vimeo.com/55560653) to see it in action!

This is a promo video I made to advertise the release of this repository. Some of the animation was actually done frame by frame in Photoshop. Click here (blog.teamthinklabs.com/index.php/2012/02/22/animation-in-photoshop/) to get an inside look at that process.

"Acorns" Skipping Shot Progression

This is an animated shot progression (from line test through to final colour and composit) for my University short graduation film, Acorns.

Each frame is drawn traditionally on paper with blue Prismacolour pencils and a lightbox, tested in Ernest until the animation works, then it is scanned, cleaned and coloured digitally in Photoshop. The white background of the paper is removed and the background is coloured separately, finally it all comes together again to be composited in Premiere and After Effects to achieve various camera movements and actions.

The music was done by the incredibly talented Benjamin Rusch, who composed and recorded the entire soundtrack. More of his work is available online at: tv.benrusch.com

The film itself will be finished this May, however may only appear online in small segments due to festival submissions.

For more information, please see my blog at: littleacornfilm.blogspot.com

Sail Away

A man is tired of the boring daily routine, he decided to seek for a chance to change it by sailing away. But he ran into a number of serious consequences, and in this adventure he discovered that emotions are what makes life ongoing and has no emptiness.

A Photoshop stop motion video, all the frames in this video made in Photoshop. 2014

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Music by: Tom Misch 
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Frame-Romance (2011)

This is an experimental animated work for my experimental animation class in Emily Carr University. This project was required to consider a vertical frame (using index cards provided from class) within a common 16:9 screening frame and the space within the frames. It is suggested that the beginning of this animation could happen as such: a man reads a piece of paper and walks slowly inside the vertical frame; his paper is blown away by wind and the rest of the story is left for students to complete. 
The first thing about this assignment that grabs my attention is the idea of “frame” and then I immediately connects “frame” with human connection and communication. It seems that everyone would have some kind of protective frame to protect their emotional, mental, and spiritual space. Yet the moment we wish to connect with someone, we start to reveal bits and bits of our inner thoughts to that person. The more we are breaking the psychological frames, the closer we are making a connection to someone else. 
My original idea is to make a love story between a young woman and man. However, after a while I find it could be more interesting as a piece to bring two conservative elders into this romance and see how they would react towards their frames. 

This animation is mainly digital cut-out puppets edited in Photoshop. I creates the melody in this video by using Garage Band. Hope you would enjoy watching my work. Thank you!

Espelho D’Água (english subtitles)

This is the result of a project in Audiovisual media for the bachelor’s degree in Communication with enphasis in Editorial Production at Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo, Brazil (2011).



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A criterious analysis of the poem was made in order to allow us to identify the concepts behind the poet’s words and were essential to translate words into an audiovisual product. The elements we based ourselves on were: water, mirror (and also all the thoughts, metaphors and comparisons with the poet himself to Tietê’s river), night (hopelessness, soul and darkness) and the conflict of the poem’s main chacarcter.



Mário de Andrade loved São Paulo city very passionately, but also hated it in the end, mainly because of the course that politics was taking. These feelings were evoked to the short movie’s main character called Prestes, a systems analyst, who after an unexpected announcement, starts to think deeply about his choices, mistakes, all his ommissions and eventually the course that his life has taken.

The base scenes were recorded with a Nokia N95 cellphone. The techinique used was digital rotoscoping, in which frames were worked in Adobe Photoshop before being reunited in Adobe After Effects for the final scene with effects and color corrections.


Credits:
Cristiano Siqueira, Katharina Cotrim, Nathália Alves.

Music:
Requiem-Kyrie, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1791
Lacrimosa, Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, 1791.

Professors:
Prof. Dr. Paulo A. C. Vasconcelos
Prof. Ms Roberto F. da Silva

Profa. Dra. Sandra T. Valenzuela

Last Exit to Heaven title sequence

kompliviert presents: A title sequence for a fictional movie – a team project under the supervision of Sebastian Onufszak at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. Music by Michael Fakesch.

Our very first attempt at animation and we somehow ended up frame by framing everything. 
As for the different scenes I can only take credit for the rain, the first people consuming wave, the only woman plus necklace and the declining water at the end. And for cutting everything together.

The greatest thanks to my kompliviert buddies Julia Schadler (juliaschadler.tumblr.com), Johanna Steinbauer (geisterschloesser.tumblr.com) and Carina Wurm! We did it! :D

January 2013 // After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator
All names are fictional and any resemblance to actual persons are purely coincidental, yup.

The Secret Garden

For our Term 4 Motion Design class at VFS we had to create a title sequence for a fictional movie or television show. I chose to create a title sequence for a movie based on the book ‘A Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The technique I used is called rotoscoping, and involved shooting live action footage, bringing it into Photoshop as an image sequence, and drawing over each frame by hand.

It was a long process, but creates a very unique effect, which I thought was suiting for the story.

Music was provided by Priscilla Ahn.

Levi’s Taiwan TVC - Curve ID

[Credit list]

Client: Levi Strauss & Co. Taiwan
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Taipei
Art Director: Leah Chen
Copy Writer: Justin Chia
Senior Producer: Abby Ku
Account : Zoe Chuang / Thomas Yu

Design Studio: JL Design
Director: JL
Creative Director: JL
Art Direction: JL
Executive Producer: Angela Moo
Project Manager: Shirley Yang
Head of Production: Chih Chung Tso
Designer / Compositor: Chih Chung Tso, Utsuo Chen, Showy Lin
3D Artist: Chih Chung Tso, Weiting Chen, Gilbert Chu, Zoe Tsai, Chan Chia

[Official Description]

Levi’s was launching a new revolutionary custom fit system for women worldwide. The line called Curve ID introduces a new range of jeans tailored for different body types and is going by the slogan ‘It’s about shape, not size‘. In order to bring out the three different Curve ID namely, Slight, Demi and Bold, we focused on the curvature of the hips using hand drawn lines.

At the start of the commercial, you see the hand drawn figure of a woman from a distant. As she walks nearer, you see three different colored body curves at the same time, reinforcing the slogan that not all women are shaped the same way. The choice to go with watercolor is to be able to express the femininity and character of the individual woman. The vibrant color on the face and hair, together with the expressive lines create a visual that echos the statement Curve ID, the revolutionary new line from Levi’s, is making about the distinctive shape of every woman.

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Mainly participated in Photoshop frame painting
Software Mainly use: Adobe Photoshop CS4

DECHEN

Dechen is a Ladhaki, Tibetan Buddhist monk-in-training with a passion for gardening. One stormy night, he rescues an exquisite flower by bringing it indoors. However, despite his care and concerns, the flower inexplicably starts to fall apart and the boy struggles to accept the situation. Finally, Angmo, the head monk is forced to intervene and rescue Dechen from himself. Dechen finds peace at last when he understands how to truly save his dying flower - by eliminating the need to possess and control.

Winner of the “Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Animation” Dusty Award (2012). DECHEN premiered at the 23rd Dusty Film & Animation Festival at the School of Visual Arts Theater in NYC on May 7. This was my BFA thesis project and I was given a little over 2 semesters to work on it. The story was shaped by an experience I had while trying to get a beloved feral colony cat adopted in to a home and new surroundings.

DECHEN was animated traditionally on paper, the layouts were created out of mixed media and the animated frames were scanned and colored in Photoshop. I worked with SVA Film faculty member and noted musician, Nana Simopoulos once more to compose the overall music for the film, while my friend and professional musician, Marlon Cherry played the bells and the beautiful Kalimba. A couple of supportive and talented animation friends helped color the frames. Noted wildlife watercolorist and my drawing teacher, Deborah Ross sprinkled my credits with her lovely paintings. BFA Film Sound Design major, Steven Burgess (also a thesis student at the time) handled the sound design elements of my film. Don Poynter was my awesome thesis advisor, while dear friend and animation veteran, Howard Beckerman was the light at the end of the story-tunnel.

I could not have created and finished this film without the patience and support of my SVA teachers and supportive peers, friends, my super-patient husband and my beloved cats (both the indoor and outdoor ones).

18 Minutes

For my senior project at Savannah College of Art and Design, I chose to animate a story very personal to me. This animation is the true story of my father’s survival on September 11th. Although I was only 10 when my father narrowly escaped the World Trade Center, my recollection of the events of that day still resonates in my mind. For this animation, I produced literally thousands of hand-drawn frames in Photoshop. I am so thankful my father survived and honored to tell his story. [Score Composed by Cooper Skinner and Sound Design by Kacie Willis.]

Speechless Film Festival 2013 Winner “Best of Fest Student Animation”
California International Animation Festival Winner “Audience Pick”

dropbox.com/s/kz91fo1l9hicq4o/18_MINUTES_PROCESSBOOK.pdf

A Cake for Cherry

A Cake for Cherry is my senior thesis at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011) and my very first film!

Enjoy!

Check out more of my work at bettykwong.com

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Programs used: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe After Effects CS5, Adobe Premier CS5

Want to download music from the film? Check out A Cake for Cherry OST by Flashygoodness music.flashygoodness.com/album/a-cake-for-cherry-ost

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Credits:
Director, Animator: Betty Kwong
Music: Flashygoodness 
Sound Design: Trevor Shultz
Voice (Bendi): Salem “Sam” Saif
Voice (Cherry): Heidi Tabing
Frame Colouring Assistants: Kathryn Koppler, Jacquie Doyle, Andrea Dang, Arthur Chen, Emily Gossmann, Hossam Rabbouh, Eugenia Leung

Black Bird Final logo

This logo was created using individual frames in photoshop with brushes. I meticulously hand painted each frame to create the motion of the bird’s flight. The direction of this piece was to create a bird flying as if it was being painted in black and grays. With each frame created (142 in total) the frames were assembled in after effects. This piece was chosen by the director and will air on TNT once his film is finalized.

Blood Diamonds ID, loop.

This is the “Blood diamonds” team ID, a team that I had the honor of direct for the “Production” project in Hyper Island, class Motion Creative ‘14 at Stockholm.

Is both my way to say thanks and to experiment with new stuff.

I wanted to experiment with some “mixed” workflow so I used Cinema 4D for the diamond and reflection, Photoshop for the cel animation and After Effects for some animation and overall compositing; not revolutionary but my first time mixing those 3 in that way and a chance to do some frame by frame animation.

Big shoutout to my team: Gunnie, Carlur, Enrique and Dizzy.

Music: TNGHT - Bugg’n