I am looking to have video animation put to some of my songs and I have talked with a few people that do this type of work. Does anyone have any experience with this? I am also a elementary music teacher and I know that kids love to learn the songs that have fun video's with them. I have done a few of my own videos using Sony Vegas Pro and some other software but haven't worked with animation very much. Thanks for any suggestions!!
My studio - Planet Sunday - creates animated music videos for artists such as Debbie And Friends, The Hipwaders, and The Raytones. I agree, kids love to have fun videos to go with music. My kids are our test audience, and we know we've done a good job if they as to watch the video again and again. Quite often they'll see one or two scenes as we working on them, but it's only when they see the finished piece that they're totally hooked. I think the secret is to add a twist on what the audience is expecting. For example, when Debbie And Friends commissioned us to produce Cinderella, the original audio track had a feisty fairy Godmother, but when we were asked to redesign the character, we came up with a number of different options and the public chose the fairy Godfather. We tend to think outside of the box, and as I say, it helps when there's something a little unexpected.
I think this is why films like Shrek have been so popular, because there's always something in there for the adults to laugh at - especially so that they don't get bored while watching the film with their kids.
It's very easy to make a video and visualise it literally, but like Yes, It's Christmas when Tito is about to carve up the turkey with a chainsaw, or you get a plethora of Irish-dancing robin redbreasts, you want to make it memorable and stand out against all the competition.
However you create your videos, plan it out carefully. Design your characters, sketch out some of your ideas into a storyboard, then create an animatic (a film out of the storyboards set in time with the music) - and then start animating. Remember, there's no editing in animation so good planning is essential. After all, you don't want to labour over shots that will end up being cut from the final video.
Finally, be prepared for a lot of work. Cinderella took us five months to produce, with over 7000 drawings involved. Obviously, you don't have to go to this extent, but producing an animated video from scratch isn't something you can do in an afternoon.
I hope that helps, but if you need any further assistance let me know.
Randy, head to www.planetsunday.com and you can contact me directly through there. We'll see what we can do.