While Ole Petter, Miliam and Tim Daniel were busy putting together and labeling the storyboard I sat down and started editing the animatic from what we had. Because the animatic was created at almost the same time as the storyboard, there are some slight variations in some of the shots, but nothing I can't live with.
To create the animatic I used primarily Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop for editing and Audacity to edit and mix the audio.
Because I was the first to finish my storyboard shots, I started out alone on the animatic while the others were still drawing their shots. I even added some additional shots on my own to further strengthen the story and make the story appear more continuous to the audience. I was later on joined by Ole Petter who helped me out finding some of the sounds we needed for the project.
Here's the final 2D animatic:
Sound effects can add a entirely new dimension to the animatic as it can help visualize things that's happening outside of the screen at any given time. It can also reduce the amount of drawn shots because a sound can sometimes give us more information about what's going on between the two shots.
2. What lessons did you learn when producing the animatic that may help you to make a better storyboard next time?
Building some of the animatic in layers and moving elements around can greatly increase the readability of the animatic.
3. Can you begin to see, understand and know more the role of the editor in this workflow?
I already had a fair idea, but yes.
4. Colour: is colour needed in a 2D animatic? Give reasons for your response to this question.
It's not needed in every productions, but can create more interesting lighting and make the characters more recognizable for the viewer.