Halloween Animation in Transition to Darkness
Halloween bats flying low under a glowing Halloween pumpkin in a quick transition from orange October day to creepy darkness.
Halloween Animation 2
I made this animation using Cinema 4D and After Effects as a tribute to Halloween. It started as an experiment. I wanted to animate wings flapping around in a realistic manner. I found a tutorial online showing how to do thins in Cinema 4D. As I was most interested in the illusion of natural flight animation I kept the bats in considerably low detail. This actually helped the rough style. The lack of detail looked good to me as it adds to the creepy feel.
Once I had the bats animation ready, this could be used for a spooky Halloween animation. I decided to add a glowing pumpkin to create a creepy hollow effect. The bats would fly around the pumpkin which would also be part of the Halloween title. I rendered the pumpkin, bats and text in Cinema 4D and took the MOV file to After Effects for post production enhancements. The original Halloween animation I made was all orange. To fit the pumpkin inspired theme. After some time, I thought I could add an interesting twist.
From Daylight to Darkness
I decided to animate a transition to a dark blue night. In After Effects, this was quite easy to do. I had rendered my bats and the pumpkin with alpha channels. This allowed me to add a different background easily. I used a dark sky animation for the new background. I had it from another project. Here, I just repurposed it for this Halloween animation. For a more believable compositing, I applied Color Balance on an adjustment layer and it was ready to go.