Behind the Scenes – Animation vs. YouTube


Hey guys Alan Becker here! So, I’m gonna talk about
how Animation vs YouTube was made. First of all every video that play
the duration of the animation was used with permission
from the owner of that video that may not seem like
such a big deal but we’re talking about Youtubers
that have tens of millions of subscribers Youtubers that are extremely hard to reach. I made a spreadsheet of all the
Youtubers that I wanted to feature and sent each one an
email every month or so until I get a reply. Some replied right away, others never replied
after seven or eight tries. Some of the hardest
ones to reach were Smosh, Pewdiepie,
and the parents of Harry and Charlie from the “Charlie
Bit My Finger” video. Smosh replied after seven
months and five emails. Charlie and Harry’s parents also replied
after seven months and five emails. And Pewdiepie was a special case
because I happen to know someone, who worked at maker studios
and that person was able to ask Pewdiepie for me. So, the acquiring information was an
ongoing process that lasted about 14 months. I started out the animation
by writing a storyline and making sure that it ended well. Because the ending really defines how
you feel about what you just watched. I don’t use a storyboard
because storyboards help you plan shots and Camera Angles. In my animation is
more or less one continuous shot and I don’t use camera Angles. It’s all flat. Also with a storyboard you decide what
the setting will look like. But in my case the setting is already
defined by the YouTube interface, so I can’t really deviate from that that. This the first time
that I hired animators to do actual character animation for me. I would set up the scene by
moving some dummy characters around the screen to show where the
sticks need to be at what time, And the animators would
replace the dummy animation with character animation. This process worked out pretty well. In total I outsourced 206 hours of work. And did 688 hours of work myself. So, that means 23 percent
of the animation was outsource this time. Vs. 15 percent when
I made ‘Animation vs Minecraft’. Slight improvement in terms
of getting help with my animation. The huge part of the
process was watching videos to find moments that
could be useful in the animation. For example, videos where the
camera is stationary and something is moving in a way
that could be beat up a stick figure. I spent so many hours watching videos, and since these are very popular videos it was very easy to get distracted. I compile and organized these
into three categories: Videos that could cause direct
damage to the stick figure, Videos that caused walls or block the
sticks from reaching the exit full-screen button, and videos that move the exit
full-screen button around the screen. So, there were three main
waves of videos essentially. Initially I had the videos appear
for only a few seconds each Similar to how fast they appear
in the “Vehicle Beat Up” scene in the beggining But the problem was that they flash so fast that I realized
someone watching would have a really hard time processing
everything on the screen. It works in the vehicle scene because all the videos
are similar but when each video is unique, a few seconds is not enough. These deleted scenes show you
how different it was before I realized I
needed to slow it down by a lot. I also transition away from using
videos made by big Youtubers to focus more on Viral Videos
that were famous in their own right. And trying to show the actual
faces of the famous Youtubers instead of just using their videos. The part where YouTube uses
videos to speak to the stick figure was a very interesting project. First I decided what
I wanted him to say then I use a tool called CC subs to extract the automatic captions of any video and let me search for the words
that I was looking for. It was tricky because even
if they do say the word that I’m looking for, it’s usually blended
with the previous word or next word, so you have to find an instance
where they say the word on it’s own. or at the end of the sentence. “That feeling. That feeling-” After searching through
most of the videos of most of the Youtubers, I was able to pull together the sentence. Other than that the actual process of
making the animation required a lot of screenshots I basically rebuilt the web browser
and YouTube interface by putting together
pieces of screenshots and using the same fonts,
so I could replicate all the text as well. If you’re an animator and
want to look at the actual project files, I’m offering a digital download
of them on my website On sale for the next month. If you’re an animator and you don’t
know my second Channel, definitely check that out. Also I have a Minecraft channel,
for anyone who is a fan of Studio Ghibli. Alright, Thank’s for watching,
and I’ll see you guys later. Captions by: manchy, Mr. Nice Guy for Sale, 518iqq Roblox, ModeradoraFantasma & lolman533 [ Music Play ]

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