This video was originally created in Flash, by syncing animation to a supplied audio soundtrack; and is an educational lesson regarding the classic artwork: “Still Life”, by Paul Cezanne; which is intended to help a young audience learn and understand what is special about Cezanne’s painting, and how it relates to color theory, in general.
In order to illuminate the ideas presented in the audio, I used color to highlight different sections of what the narrative was describing. Choosing highlight colors was also a bit of a challenge for this particular Artwork, and dulling the background proved to be a big help in making the foreground elements stand out. The color wheel, as seen here, is an element that I’d incorporated in previous lessons, and used it in a very specific way, for the Cezanne lesson.
When my contract with Art In Action was complete, I had created over 100 short animated Flash presentations that were incorporated in to Art In Action’s 2nd grade Art Lesson module. Being able to reuse elements of these various animations, like the color wheel, really helped to speed up the production process in this and several other animated lessons.
Image Cropping/layering Software:
Adobe PhotoShop CS4.
Animation/Additional Illustration Software: Adobe Flash CS4.
Timeline-based animation created by utilizing various layers and keyframes in Flash.
Final Flash file exported as .mov file, that is then translated to a .mp4 file in the Adobe Media encoder, and finally imported into Edge Animate, where interactive buttons and dynamic sizing abilities are added.
Animation/Image Manipulation: Martin Tornil
Voice-over: Shelley Burns
Art Direction: Judy Sleeth
This private animated lesson has been displayed by permission of Judy Sleeth/Art In Action. The educational content of this animated lesson is Copyright, 2009 -- Art In Action Corp.
Martin Tornil’s animation work for the Art In Action website has been credited here, and can be found under the Flash Animators section.