Most of The Saga of Rex will be animated traditionally, but for certain scenes where there is not a lot of movement, I’m going to use various time saving devices. For the first scene I’m tackling here, the various characters are suspended in mid air within electrified bubbles. I don’t want to just use a held drawing because I think that would look too stiff and boring. So I’m going to generate some movement using the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects. First, in Adobe Photoshop, I create a full color version of the image I’m going to animate.
Then, I seperate various sections of the image. All the different parts are saved as PNGs on transparent background. Then I import all these images in After Effects and use the puppet tool to create movement (see video).