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Animatic for Music Video

Hello World!

As I’ve stated in previous posts, I’ve been blessed to be involved in many awesome projects that I never thought would come my way so quickly. I am at a point now that I feel I can start sharing some samples of these projects and hopefully some of these will shed a little light on how some projects are realized. In my line of business everything starts with an idea and it’s my job to realize this idea or make it materialize into something tangible to be taken in by the mass populace. It’s troubleshooting in it’s most creative form.

Today I want to share a project that has been on-going for several months now. I was approached about making a music video. I’ve never made or been a part of making a music video in my entire life, not to mention, video is not truly my forte. Regardless, the project was too intriguing to say no. My first line of business upon agreeing to take part in this was to find someone who actually is a whiz at video and video editing.  Enter: Dojo of Cool. First obstacle taken care of.

Second line of business was to create an animatic showing our collaborative efforts in sequencing this video. A… what? … you say.  An animatic is an animation tool to help show and demonstrate the sequencing of events for a movie, scene or, in this case, an entire music video. Essentially a storyboard that comes to life. It’s one thing to verbally describe the order of events and how they are to look and feel, but we all know too well that verbal description tends to get lost in translation. Animatics make up for this handicap.

So, we meshed my animation/graphic design skills with Dojo’s video editing skills and we created a great (and I really mean great) animatic. The client was head over heals and totally understood what we mean to accomplish with this video and they were all in. This means we accomplished our goal.

I would like to share a small :30 sec sample of the animatic and also share the graphics that went into the animation. Now, the animation is rudimentary on purpose. We aren’t going to waste our client’s time and money making an Oscar-worthy cartoon. Our goal with this animatic is to help set up the general feel, scene shots, sequencing and timing for the video. So, our main time and attention is spent on editing rather than good animation.

Here are the elements we used in creating the animation you’ll see in the sample. I’m staring from the first scene to the last.

This is a backdrop for an entrance shot.
This is layered onto the backdrop and animated to show the character’s approach toward the camera.
The backdrop of our closeup.
Foot illustration which is animated on the closeup backdrop.
Closeup of face. Animated to show walking.
The backdrop for the head shot.
Close up of his mid section.
His hand carrying the telescope. This is animated over his body.
Another backdrop for the next scene.
This is animated over the leg backdrop to show he has stopped and is setting the suitcase down.
Looking through telescope.
Character’s POV through telescope.


These elements were used to make the following animatic.

The animatic was a blast to work on. But the fun doesn’t stop there. We have since shot the actual video and are in the process of editing as we speak. More posts to come regarding this music video and the creation of it.

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)



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Spare Bedroom? Let’s Make A Home Studio! – Part 3

This is the final submission to my little Star Wars-esque trilogy. I quickly realized that pics and text weren’t going to do it for showing the final result of my treatment installation in my home studio. So, I opted for a video. I probably ramble a bit, here and there and I realized afterward that I don’t seem to have a “good side”. So, please be kind. I’ve never done something like this before. 🙂

But, I think it is clear that the treatment (and studio in general) work very well. I am pleased with the results.

Here are some before and afters to help show the impact that the treatment has when recording voice-overs. I’m using the raw files, because I think they showcase the echo quite prominently. The final, in my opinion, is far better than the first one. I was thrilled when I did my first VO in the treated room. Money very well spent. Check out the comparison.

Without Treatment

With Treatment

Well, without further ado, let’s watch my directorial and acting debut showcasing the new home studio.

Thanks for sticking around through the series. I hope it helps someone out there attempting to do the same thing.

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)


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