Even after I stopped working on my Deathly Hallows animated project, I still didn’t give up on the idea of making Harry Potterrelated animated videos. This time, I opted to make my own adaptations of some of my favourite scenes from the books that didn’t make it into the movies. Naturally, being the overeager excitable person that I am, I opted to start with the most ambitious of the lot: the Quidditch Final from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The very first thing I completed was a loop of Harry on his broom. Sadly I seem to have misplaced the video itself, but here’s a screenshot I managed to dig up.
The next thing I got out of the way was the opening shot, which you can see below.
For the next shot, which was to be an extreme long shot, I had to draw the entire Quidditch Pitch from scratch. Here’s how it looked…
…and here’s an incomplete rough version of the shot.
It was only after I had painstakingly worked on drawing an entire Quidditch pitch that I decided it was a highly impractical method to create an environment that would be viewed multiple times from many different angles. The alternative was to build a 3D model of the pitch, which would save me a lot of trouble as I’d only have to make it once and I’d be able to view it from any angle I wanted. So I used Blender and basically learned on the job. Below are screenshots of different stages of the modeling process.
As you can see, the pitch is as yet incomplete. As with most of my projects, life (read: college, then my job) got in the way and indefinitely delayed the process. I’m hoping to get back into it soon though, as this is a project I really want to see completed.
Back in early 2009, animation was beginning to grow into a major passion of mine. That, my Harry Potter fandom, and my penchant for voice-over work inspired me to attempt to make a full animated version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 1 of its movie version wouldn’t be coming out until November 2010, with Part 2 following in July 2011, so I figured I had time to beat Warner Bros. How very wrong I was. After several months of hard work, I managed to finish the first scene, which you can view below (in 4 parts, due to Internet issues, for which I apologize). It goes without saying that you shouldn’t expect Hollywood quality here, just basic stuff. I was a one-man movie production team after all.
After that, I worked on the next scene, which is to this day incomplete. Here is an abridged version of it.
I also completed a few shots from random parts in the movie. Here, for example, is a brief snippet of a brooding Snape, part of a Christmas Eve scene that was not in the book but that I’d planned to include anyway in order to give a glimpse of how gloomy Hogwarts had become.
This next shot was supposed to open ‘Part 2’. Taking place right after the Dobby scene at Shell Cottage, it would open with Luna one morning walking out towards the burial site with some flowers, then looking over to the sea and finding Harry sitting alone.
Finally, a few random clips from ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, showing the conjured bridge appearing out of thin air, and the shadowy, smoky form of Death as I imagined the character taking shape and stopping the brothers.
And really that’s about as far as I got in this endeavour. I hope you liked what little of it you saw.
A followup, a sequel of sorts, to the Valentine’s Day animation I made in 2012, this time for Valentine’s Day 2013. I put a little more effort into it this time, with colour, camera movement, and music. This is actually the first time I’ve used audio in a stick figure animation video (music created in GarageBand for iPad.
The first 2D computer animated scene I ever made. I started it in 2009 and added to it casually as time went by. You can probably notice the apparent increase in quality as the video progresses. This is because I worked on it in short bursts over a long period of time, until I eventually stopped. I never actually had an ending planned for it, so it’s no surprise that it stops rather abruptly. Still, I had fun making it, and I hope you enjoy it as well.