Mark R. Johnson


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Animation & Sound Effects

As described in the Design Decisions section of this paper, it was decided that several special effects would be created in the form of sounds and animations to accompany the story. The sound effects were, of course, a simple matter in which a given sound sample was simply included in the project score to begin playing at the same time a given image appeared on the screen. This would provide the necessary synchronization between the visual and audio effects. The animations, on the other hand, required more effort.

Similar to the techniques used to create the pop-up word balloons, creating the animations required editing the original image in order to create multi-cel animations based on the original style and look.

Figure 8. Example animation.

The example shown in Figure 8, above, reveals the multiple cels used in one such animation. The key to making the animation work is to again use tools such as the Rubber Stamp in Photoshop to recreate the texture and color that appears throughout the rest of the image, simulating the appearance of ink on paper. When this image appears to move, the impact is quite significant.

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