I’ve been animating the Wellness Workout series, and having done over half the presenters now I wanted to show a little behind the scenes of the process that goes in to making them, and my thought process around it.
I begin with the storyboards which I make with reused assets to help save time, and create a layout for how I want the storyline of the video to play out, as the formula always begins in a room, transitions to a peaceful wooded area, and comes back to the same room but brighter by the end. I don’t make many notes apart from important ones such as certain phrases, as I feel meticulously planning out the dialogue usually leads to me either making certain shots too long or too short.
To avoid this issue I also create a thumbnail sheet, as seen here:
And is just all the storyboards on one page, just to see if the whole animation flows nicely and makes sense together, and once that’s complete, I can take them over to Adobe Premiere and starting putting together the animatic, which is a rough cut of all the images stitched together in time, and the work picks up as I can start actually animating and making things move.
Animating for the Wellness Workout is fun, as each one has a different vibe and exercise to it so I’m always doing something different despite having the same main character in every one, and learning all these different ways to relax, destress, and support myself is also a nice bonus.
Be sure to give a listen to Dr Will’s 5 minute interview, and give our new animation a watch, on the official Wellness Workout site. https://thewellnessworkout.co.uk/2021/04/28/dr-will-baker/