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 image
2. Paint “erase alpha”, save with alpha
3. Apply alpha image to a plane object
4. Add hooks to geometry around head
5. Chain hooks for kinematic animation
6. Animate scale and movement of hooks, changing influence
7. Composite over external background
8. Final animated composite

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