Animating in After Effects


For this assignment, I decided to do an animated adaptation of Matt Getty’s short story When My Girlfriend Lost the Weight. I decided I wanted to use individual parts of the body as focal points for each scene, and superimpose them onto a wooden manikin.  I was interested in contrasting a living, moving body with a blank, hard surface.

One of the things that I appreciate about the story is how as the narrator’s girlfriend experiences body dysmorphia, the story’s structure becomes more surreal and grotesque. I wish I could have done a better job of incorporating this into my own animation–I think it’s better when this kind of imagery sneaks up on the audience, rather than slaps them in the face. Even though this may lose me points for subtlety, I’m glad I took a risk and tried to tell this story.

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