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Every year i make up a little 'Happy New Year' video, using the two bored-to-death putti (the posh name for cherubs in paintings) from Raphael's Sistine Madonna. This year I decided to be mean and not send any Christmas cards; instead I've made a video, which I shall post on social media a bit nearer the day.

 

I used AP to extract the eyes and mouths (yuck -- that sounds awful!) from the original image. With a combination of pixel painting and mesh warping, I made half-closed and closed eyelids, and various mouth shapes for the dialogue. I used AD to make a couple of end caption texts. Then I recorded the different bits of dialogue (on my smart phone, then copied to my laptop), which I edited with Audacity to make female and child voices. 

 

Some time ago, I bought an animation package called Anime Studio -- it was one of the 'other' third-party products that Serif market from time to time. It's mind-numbingly tedious and utterly non-intuitive to use, but it's the best means of animating mouths (and eye-blinks) and syncing them to sound. All the bits and pieces came together for the final 'cut' in Serif's MoviePlus X6, which is great for this kind of thing -- quite the opposite of the animation job. 

 

Anyway, here's the finished product: https://youtu.be/hwQvSqbr-iA. Merry Christmas!

 

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