Christmas Jingle

December at last, and just like what we promised in our last post, we’ll be sharing the product of our year-end challenge for this year.

Presenting: Jingle Bells featuring BNP Design Studio! A little plugging for our baby project – Talk@tee too!

Pretty neat, huh? Okay… Maybe not…

Just kidding! But really..Please don’t take us seriously :)

We were just tinkering with some drawings when the idea crossed our minds. If you want to produce a music video like this for fun, though, here’s how we did it:

The Drawing Part

This was probably the easiest part of our experiment. The BNP staff is mainly composed of illustrators and digital artists, so coming up with caricatures of the gang came easy, not to mention that we already have our original talk@tee characters to work with.

Don’t be discouraged if drawing isn’t your forte, though. Caricatures don’t have to be visually stunning or technically accurate, so just have fun drawing what you want.

The Recording Part

Nope, you don’t need a recording studio and recording equipment for this. Of course it would be great if they’re readily available for your use, but in our case an electronic keyboard and a regular headset were more than enough.

We just used the microphone of the headset to record our voices and the keyboard to play the sounds of the various instruments we used in the music video such as the drums, guitars, cymbals, and shaker.

The Editing Part

Sound editing may come across as an intimidating prospect for some, but it’s not really as difficult and complicated as it sounds unless you’re aiming for a commercial CD.

It doesn’t have to be costly either as there are several decent sound editing software that you can get from the internet for free and there are also those that you can use until the trial period has expired. With some cutting here and some pasting there, you’ll be good to go.

The Animating Part

The complexity of the animation process would depend on what kind of animation you want to do (traditional or 3D) and how realistic you want your animated illustrations to be.

Since we just wanted a simple traditionally animated video, our efforts were mostly focused on recreating multiple frames of the same illustrations with some slight alterations and combining them in a way that creates the illusion of movement.

Post Production

Most of the work we had to do was done during the recording and animating part, so there wasn’t much left for the post-production stage. We just combined the animated illustrations and background music together, added some credits, uploaded them on our social networking sites, crossed our fingers for luck, and that was it – mission completed.  b ^_~ d

Resources

If you’re curious about the programs we used for this project, you can try them out for yourself by checking the list below.

  • Adobe Illustrator (Illustration)
  • Adobe Audition (Sound Editing)
  • Adobe Premiere (Animation)
  • Macromedia Flash (Animation)