"Ya No Te Extraño" is an impressive, colorful, eye-popping Zoetrope animation, by the talented Diego Rotmistrovsky. What's a Zoetrope, you ask? A Zoetrope is a 19th-century optical toy with a series of spinning pictures on the inner surface. It's one of several pre-film animation devices that produce the illusion of continuous motion. "The most exciting part of creating this was when I could see the zoetropes in action," says Diego. "I love early film technologies and I think zoetropes are such beautiful and simple objects."
That said, creating video was not just fun and games: "The most challenging part was organizing the workflow and not quitting when big problems occurred!" says Diego.
"First I photographed the talent on a green screen, and created loops in After Effects. Next, I selected those loops and created a Zoetrope Creator inside After Effects using expressions. When I had organized all the loops into different zoetropes I tested them digitally and, if they worked, I refined the designs in Photoshop. Once I had all of the zoetropes designed I printed them and animated the whole video in stop motion with both long and wide lenses. After all of the animation had been done, I went back into After Effects and stitched the shots together so I could digitally zoom into the zoetropes and move the camera. Finally, I digitally fixed some small problems and rendered the video."
Whew! That's a lot of work. And the final product is beyond worth it: Check out the "Ya No Te Extraño" clip above, and feel free to message Diego with any questions on his process, or if you'd like to collaborate on a project!