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article imageAnimator uses iPad app to create pop music video

By Melissa Hayes     Jun 24, 2011 in Entertainment
Using only his iPad and the Brushes application, animator Shawn Harris has created a one-of-a-kind music video for the asian girl band, Blush.
Harris meticulously hand-sketched the colourful, nearly four-minute video for the band’s debut single, “Undivided,” featuring Snoop Dogg, frame-by-frame, reports GIZMODO.
The video—which includes singing lips, a dancing ballerina, an illustrated cameo by Snoop Dogg, as well as appearances by the group’s five members, Victoria, Natsuko, Angeli, Ji Hae and Alisha—was posted June 13, on the band’s YouTube channel, BlushVideo.
A making-of-clip was also posted, in which the animator explains how he started with a blank canvas and ended up with an entire video, the Daily Mail reported.
“Each time I lifted my finger from the canvas, a new frame was recorded,” he said. “Thirty brush strokes later, and I created one second of video. About 7,000 strokes later, I would have completed a music video, so I kept drawing, and things begin to move.”
Harris said he emailed the individually recorded frames to himself, and opened them using the Brushes viewer app on his computer. He then exported the entire sequence as a movie file.
“If you’re able to make each brush stroke a presentable frame, representing movement, progression, you’re not just painting—you’re animating.”
Drawing inspiration from 80s animation and wall grafitti, Harris said in a statement that the iPad app lent itself to his vision.
“The Brushes application isn’t designed specifically for animation, but if you can manage to be deliberate enough to record each brush-stroke as a separate frame, it lends itself to a very organic-feeling style of stop-motion finger-painting.”
Since its release online, the inventive video has currently racked up over 8,000 views.
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