One Tree Planted
Research comes out pretty much daily about how the climate is headed toward collapse, and reforestation remains one of the strongest ways of combatting climate change. While the climate forecast is mostly apocalyptic and there’s not too many reasons to be optimistic, I realize that utilizing my skillset in hopes of preventing the extinction of life on earth is probably the most forward looking thing within my control. I have been following One Tree Planted on social media for some time, and have been consistently encouraged by their content and their attitude about it all - so, I reached out to see if they were interested in creating an animated piece. They agreed that it could be a nice to have for generating interest in their Earth Month (April) volunteer/community activities.
I’m not entirely sure the style that I worked in was aligned with their brand or audience, but the style was what we agreed on at the beginning of our project, and what was achievable in the budget scope. The budget was tight, but I had a blast putting together something simple for this rad nonprofit.
The original frames were even more colorful - no character had natural skin tones.
For every hero character shot in the sequence, I started with Rough Animator for iPad, and moved into Animate to clean up. For a couple sections I mixed an After Effects head rig to ensure continuity and more precise control over posing. Roughing out animation on the iPad has become a crucial part of my workflow.
The secondary and auxiliary characters were rigged and animated in After Effects, because their actions involved less detail and did not need to pull the eye as strongly. The primary function of the auxiliary and background characters was to add humanity, community, and depth to the scenes, but on a tight budget and timeline, I had to focus more intently on the hero character throughout.
Animating hands has become one of my favorite things to do. I think scraping the dirt into the seedling hole was my favorite part of the whole sequence.