Midweek Motivation: “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes, Includes Animatic

This fun, fast-moving, grammar lesson is a spoof of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.

I really, truly detest Robin Thicke's cringe-worthy original video, but how could you not love this clever song? The animation is frenetic and so much fun and was clearly a ton of work. Five hundred hours of work to be exact. 

Yes, the full music video took Jarrett Heather 500 hours from start to finish, using the tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud (After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro). He has a fantastic page of art and illustrations from the video. Below is the animatic for the project, made with a demo version of the song. It took roughly 100 hours to create this animatic.  If you study the animatic, Jarrett says, “you might notice a gag or two that didn't make it through to final animation or some very subtle changes in the lyrics.”

Check out Jarrett Heather's blog, SpaceParanoids.net for lots of still image, doodles, chalkboard art, behind the scenes, trivia and notes from the production. They snuck a few Easter Eggs in the video that he shares. I found this fact, though not an Easter Egg, to be very interesting: “No particle systems are used in the animation. The fuse sparks, down vote arrows, pixilated stink-lines and raindrops are all keyframed.” 

Posted by Michele Yamazaki