Here are some before and after shots from my latest animation. All effects were done in After Effects.
The fade and blur around the edges helps to center the focus on the character.
Just in case you wanted to know what a man riding an upside down unicorn looks like.
I didn't know what the character was drawing when I animated this piece so I had to add the unicorn in post.
This shot is composed of three completely separate animations. The thought bubble was shot on a green screen and the eyes were shot on video and cut out in photoshop.
There were guidelines draw in pencil on the paper that I removed in photoshop before animating.
Both the eyes and mouth were edited in photoshop before animating.
He is terribly sad.
In this shot, I added a faint reflection in the eyes. It was not in the original storyboards but I was using the same effect on another project and just thought it looked really good.
The fade and blur really help the draw the viewers attention the the center. Especially in this scene with so much clutter in the background.