Animating Office People with Crazy Talk Animator (Part1)

A few months back I purchased Crazy Talk Animator Pro and have been trying to learn it ever since. It's not that it's a hard program to learn particularly, there's just so much to take in. It's definitely not like GoAnimate where you can be up and running in minutes.

Let's back up a little shall we. If you're not familiar with Crazy Talk Animator it's essentially a 2D animation studio that lets you create character 'puppets' which you can animate on any scene you can create.

The style of animation falls somewhere between cut outs and traditional animation because you can make puppets from existing photos of people, animals or objects or you can draw your own puppets completely from scratch.

As an animation studio it clearly has professional application but it's also great for the hobbyist and anyone who wants to animate but drawing isn't their strong point. It even has a whole market place of pre-made characters and sets which you can buy from or contribute your own art to (and earn money from them).

After several months of not really producing anything other than a really rough Robocop test animation (below), Reallusion (the company that makes Crazy Talk Animator), were offering their video tutorial package for the software at a discounted price. So I decided to buy it.

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Most of the video tutorials are actually available, free, on the software's Youtube Tutorial Channel however I can't tell you how handy it is to have them all in one place with an easy to navigate menu when you're not online.

I think they're giving me a much better understanding of the software and what it can do. Enough for me to be a little confident in starting my first actual project featuring my own hand drawn characters.

One of my intentions is to use Crazy Talk Animator to offer business an animation service to demonstrate their products. Similar to what I'm already offering with GoAnimate but with the ability to make characters completely from scratch - and even from photos of people in the business (for something a little different). It'll be kind of a premium service just above what I can do with GoAnimate.

To that end I've decided to create a cast of my own office people who may or may not star in my business animations for clients. At the very least they will form the basis of my show reel demonstration video for promoting the service.

I'm going to be producing a series of my Studio Diary videos following my progress, the first of which is embeded below. In this video you see me create the initial characters based on some drawings I did years earlier.


The next step will be to turn them into vector drawings using Serif DrawPlus X5. Followed by importing them into Crazy Talk Animator. Which I'll do in a future post.

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