This project was done within school over a 2 week period, the goal was to create a short title sequence for a film of our choice. I chose ‘Kick-Ass’ as it did not already have a distinct opening sequence, and the film has a wide variety of playful themes, imagery, and distinct colours to choose from that I could implement into the project.
I used photoshop for a large majority of the assets, tackling lots of the smaller traditionally animated sequences and illustrations. I then took the assets into After Effects to animate the larger movements and compile everything together.
My goal for this project was to practice traditional animation and to see if I could re-create the hand-drawn feel that some other film openings have such as ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ & ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’.
My process involved watching the movie a few times in order to pick out themes that I could use to represent each character. For example, with Kick-Ass I chose to use a lion in his segment, as in the film he shows the bravery and ferociousness that the lion represents.
Below is an early rough sketch of the character screen compositions I had planned. At this point, I had a rough idea of what I wanted to incorporate with each character, and I noted down the assets below each thumbnail. Although not everything I planned made it in, these thumbnails really helped me in the early planning phases of this project.