Hook the audience with Blender #b3d

Adding life to a boring promotional photo, using Blender’s hook modifiers.

Sometimes I need to animate a static image, usually I would map a photo to a reconstructed space like photogrametry, but when people are involved I like to give them some life. I will add breathing and subtle eye changes (squinting). In this case I tilted the talent’s head and increased the grin. Check out the result on this tutorial I made a while ago.

1-load-still
1. Load still image
2-paint-erase-alpha
2. Paint “erase alpha”, save with alpha
3-apply-alpha-image-to-plane
3. Apply alpha image to a plane object
4-add-hook-empties-to-plane-on-head
4. Add hooks to geometry around head
4a-chain-hooks-for-kinematics
5. Chain hooks for kinematic animation
5-scale-and-move-hooks-change-influence
6. Animate scale and movement of hooks, changing influence
6-composite-over-background
7. Composite over external background
7-final-comp-with-external-background
8. Final animated composite
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