So if you saw this week’s Ostomonday video (below), you’ll have seen that I experimented a bit with animation, and brought Stan and Colin (my stomas) to life. It was the first time I had ever tried to animate anything and, while I know it’s not perfect, I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Not bad at all for a first attempt with zero previous experience.
So many people have said that they absolutely love it, and have asked me how I did it, so here’s my secret: I didn’t use Photoshop, I didn’t use After Effects. I didn’t any fancy animation software.
I used MS Paint.
It is basically a stop-motion animation. I drew Stan and Colin in the positions that I wanted them to be sat, and then drew several different versions of that same image, but changed the mouths and/or eyes, depending on who was talking and the mouth shape I needed. I had about ten to twelve final images that I’d switch between when synching with the audio in Wondershare (my video editor). Pretty simple really.
The only thing is that the mouths didn’t really move. It just opened and closed – they didn’t change shape with the different sounds of each word. However, since creating that first one, I’ve learned how to do just that! I just made seven different shaped mouths (taken from this website) and very slowly add the correct shape for each syllable. It takes time, but as long as you don’t have a ridiculously long clip, it’s pretty easy once you get started.
I managed to revise the opening few lines from Stan and Colin and posted them as an instavideo on Instagram.
I really want to continue doing these little animations, because not only are they good for building up my skills, but I think people respond to them better. One viewer suggested that it would be a good way to educate children who have to undergo ostomy surgery, which I think is an awesome idea.