My original plan was to create a castle with fireworks going off in the background with the glow and the lighting effecting on the castle.
Early in the project, i went to visit my professor to get some advice on the project. We came up with an awesome idea, but I quickly realized when I sat down, I was not at the level I thought I was at in order to do the animation. Also I couldn’t get the cave to look the way I wanted. It looked so cheesy that I dreaded working on it for a long time, because I knew it was bad and messing around with it wasn’t helping.
So I had to settle with my original plan which was fireworks going off behind a castle. Even that I thought was way harder then it originally sounded. But then came another obstacle; Trying to make a firework look somewhat realistic but also match the style of the castle was hard. I made a few more draft fire works, and I almost settled with the image you see first, but then I found a helpful tutorial. I learned a bunch of new effects in Illustrator. So that was sweet!
I didn’t feel like i had creative control in this project as much as the other. Because I was so restricted on after effects. I didn’t have time to learn a very complicated program in a week and a half. So Although I’m still amazed that I came out with something decent. I wish I knew the program better, or had more time. It was a ton of stuff to take on right before finals week. I thought Illustrator was a big learning curve, boy was I wrong. Adobe After Effects was so complicated It was so hard for me to figure out what to do and why things weren’t working the way they were suppose to! Unfortunately it sort of left a bitter taste in my mouth too, because of how stressful it was I don’t see myself wanting to expand on animation in the future.
Hey my name is Alli Murray, and I'm a photographer. I shoot portraits in both natural and studio lighting. You can see my current work on my website, brockalli.com