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How Did EIZO Get Animated This Christmas? - Animation graduate Katy Beveridge reveals how she created EIZO's Christmas animation.
EIZO's UK division EIZO Limited, is delighted with the success of its new Christmas animation. Created by outstanding animation graduate Katy Beveridge and edited using an EIZO ColorEdge CG246, the specialist monitor manufacturer was able to bring two industry greats together to create a wonderful short film. Two weeks on from its debut, Katy reveals how she created such a beautiful masterpiece and just how EIZO got animated this Christmas.
Katy says: "Stop Motion can be an incredibly time consuming process. Breaking down movement into 24 frames per second, so that it plays back naturally can be incredibly difficult! I am fortunate to work with fantastic software such as Dragon Stop Motion, which is industry standard on most big feature films offering 'real-time' playback and allowing the time to check back on previous frames. I just cannot imagine what it must have been like in the early days shooting blind on a film camera! So in that sense I very much count myself lucky to have the best available technology to hand. The EIZO ColorEdge CG246 monitor allowed me to playback the frames in high definition, showing every detail of the set right there and then. Using a large screen like this 24" saves me hours in post production by enabling me to see the whole shot in true colour, ensuring little else needs to be touched up after!"
EIZO Limited, commissioned Katy during the Spring of 2013 and together they created the 40 second fully animated Christmas themed film which launched on the EIZO Global YouTube page early December 2013.
Two weeks on and with just under 2000 views the film is proving to be one of EIZO’s most popular films released during 2013, sitting 3rd on the chart on EIZO’s YouTube page.
Katy continues: "During this project I employed many animation techniques specific to stop-motion. To make the icicles 'appear', for example, I shot the whole scene in reverse! Starting with the icicles having already fallen from the branch, I brought them back up and then created a cut away to make them appear as if they were growing. Each icicle was attached to the individual branches with magnets, to ensure they would always be replaced in the same place.
The bird was particularly difficult to handle, made entirely of white paper and foam it was essential to wear gloves, ensuring he would stay pristine over the two week shooting period! Often in stop motion animation you will have more than one size of the same character. I built three versions of our bird, one specifically for the close up shot of the wing and each bird was built custom to best suit the lighting in that individual shot.
I often try to keep my sets as simple as possible. It can be tempting to try and make every single thing on set move, but often the viewer will only focus on one element. As an animator you have to consider so many things... you are literally creating the whole world, foreground, background and need to be aware of what you are going to add in post-production. For this reason the over-all design is as much about what you choose not to put in as what you include in each scene!"
Targeting serious photographers and graphics professionals, the EIZO Christmas message can be seen on the EIZO Global YouTube page as well as via the EIZO Limited UK Facebook page.