Using Animation to Explain Scientific Concepts

"In Harmony, I have my own set-up and customized the user interface to only display the tools I use on a regular basis. The colouring system is amazing and truly speeds up the process." — Bryce Hallett, Frog Feet Productions

Using Animation to Explain Scientific Concepts

Founded by Bryce Hallett in 1999, Frog Feet Productions is a small but versatile animation studio in Toronto, Ontario, specialized in creating animated shorts, corporate and educational videos, animated interstitials, commercials, and other short animation formats. As a long-standing Toon Boom customer, Bryce originally started using Toon Boom Studio in 2004 and moved up the professional line of software to adopt Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony in 2013. His work can be seen on television across North America and Europe on networks such as CBC, PBS, Teletoon, Much Music, History Television, MPIX, and the Comedy Network.

TVO wanted to include ten minutes of animation in Explore More, a scientific show for kids. His mandate was to create animation that would explain scientific concepts, generating a visual interest to address these topics while inserting humour whenever possible. Bryce took on the project in December 2013 and delivered it in January 2014, predominantly using frame-by-frame animation style throughout the project.

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"The script was mainly a general outline indicating the ten topics that needed to be conveyed in animation," explained Bryce. He came up with the character designs, keeping in mind some of the animation would be incorporated with live-action footage.

"My deadline was very tight so I started drawing directly in Harmony using a Cintiq, creating rough animation in blue color and adjusting the opacity of the lines. I cleaned up a few key poses to get a feel of the animation and once all was satisfactory, I cleaned all the drawings and coloured them. I also applied some special effects to show some of the medical concepts in a simple fashion," shared Bryce.

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"In Harmony, I have my own set-up and customized the user interface to only display the tools I use on a regular basis. The colouring system is amazing and truly speeds up the process. You can export colour palettes to share with other animators and apply colour in all drawings in one click. As a traditional animator, the textured pencil line is a big asset as it gives a hand-drawn feel to the line. I also find the deform tool very handy to quickly animate hand-drawn characters, when it makes sense," he concluded.

Using his website to promote his services and reaping the rewards of his great work through word of mouth referrals, Bryce keeps his studio busy and works with customers in Canada and beyond. When talent is well supported by technology, everything is possible, no matter the size of the studio. Frog Feet can certainly help bounce your projects to higher creative levels!

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About Bryce Hallett

Founded by Bryce Hallett in 1999, Frog Feet Productions is a small but versatile animation studio in Toronto, Ontario, specialized in creating animated shorts, corporate and educational videos, animated interstitials, commercials, and other short animation formats. As a long-standing Toon Boom customer, Bryce originally started using Toon Boom Studio in 2004 and moved up the professional line of software to adopt Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony in 2013. His work can be seen on television across North America and Europe on networks such as CBC, PBS, Teletoon, Much Music, History Television, MPIX, and the Comedy Network.

http://www.frogfeetproductions.com/