Children's Digital Book Extraordinaire
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The Making of Galdo's Gift
Everything starts with a pencil and paper. After dreaming up the story and writing the poem, we sketch out a storyboard. A paper model of each figure and every scene is made with line work and shading. This is scanned in to the computer and worked on to create these same scenes and figures digitally.
Using separate pieces for each element means we can exchange bits we don't like and move sections if necessary. After many hours of computer work using numerous programmes we place our characters into the scene and then animate them to make a mini movie.
The animation is, in part, created with recording live movement to music or a metronome. The markings on the paper puppet are then tracked and applied to the digital figures in the computer.
Each page of the book is a different scene with King Galdo narrating on the opposite page. Some pages are directly from our drawings or paintings, but most pages are a little more involved to include animated movement and sound.