The story behind my GIF is simply comical. I took BB-8 which is a cute character from Star Wars The Force Awakens and mashed his footage with a scene from Maximum Overdrive.
The first thing I had to do was find the right content for this piece. I knew I wanted to have BB-8 running over something, at first I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to have him running over. Looking through several youtube videos I couldn’t find any that would work until I saw the clip from Maximum Overdrive.
Here is the link I used for the footage:
If you see the entire clip above, you see that I had to remove parts of the video to make this gif work. Also you see the amount of rotoscoping I had to do to create this.
I already had this specific green screen in mind to work with. Here is the link below, if you want to create any animation using BB-8.
Here is my final piece:
How I created this:
First I knew I had to rotoscope to get BB-8 to smash through the score board. Here is a video I thought was helpful in rotoscoping.
Basically, I had to outline frame by frame by which the scoreboard was collapsing. Each frame would show a little bit more and more of BB-8 until he was fully the reason why the score board fell as opposed to the original version which was the steamroller driving through it.
Once that was completed I moved on to the shadow of the ground. This was a tricky part considering the original shadow was boxed and bb-8 is round I had to create a mask and color correct it to match the grass and how the shadow appeared.
Finally I had to rotoscope the boy literally getting run over by the BB-8. This was the part where I would say I needed to improve. The pen tool is really important to master considering it makes your life easier knowing how to manipulate the anchor points and how to drag and pull to create the outlines of what you are tracing over.
Once I had finished tracing over frame by frame, it was a total of 15 frames I moved over to feathering the outlines to make it a little bit more realistic, so that the edges weren’t so sharp.
Here is a good video I found that teaches you how to use the pen tool to create masks:
I think overall the story I was trying to show was successful. It did take a lot of work doing this 6 second gif because I was trying to be as precise as possible with how the finished product will look. It was difficult but I really like how it came out. It was a fun project and the ending result is very comical.
I put my work up on imgur and imgflip. So far I have no feedback but I’ll check back on it.
Here are links to my earlier work for this project: