I wanted to quickly share how I made the following animation for the Riviera Maya Film Festival:
My friends from Jaguar TV hit me up last month and asked me to make an intro animation for the RMFF.
The conversation with Chris Ocampo from Jaguar went something like this:
-Wanna make an animation for the RMFF?
So that’s pretty much all the direction I got. lol.
I started brainstorming and decided to go with a somewhat abstract representation of waves, using the plug-in Plexus 2.
In order to get the right movement I went to a beach by English Bay, Vancouver with my good friend Dim (water was close to being frozen), taped a go pro to a little tupperware, threw some tennis balls in front of it and let it float.
I threw this video into After Effects, tracked the green tennis balls, applied to the tracking data to a null object and BAM!!! I have natural wave movement.
I played around with Plexus for a while, and with the right settings I managed to create something that kind of looks like a wave.
I created 3 compositions with different camera angles and plexus settings, rendered them out, sent them to Premiere and added sound to it.
This was a very fun project, and I really liked adding the natural movement of the waves, instead of trying to animate keyframes and making something that kind of looks natural. You gotta keep it real every once in a while son!