As a bit of comic relief during finals week at ITP, my teammate, Avery Max, and I decided to do an animation and lyrics re-interpretation of our favorite karoke fail on YouTube. The original song and music video “Touch My Body” by Mariah Carey is one of my favorites, and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to retell this piece for our animation project.

We had a LOT of fun working on this project. We changed many of the lyrics according to our own interpretations, and then we selected which images we wanted to animate. Avery and I used Adobe CS5 Photoshop and After Effects to make our animations, and then we imported the .mov files into iMovie ’11 and applied new lyrics. Our main challenge in this process was figuring out how to apply transparent backgrounds to our animations such that we could layer them ‘picture in picture’ on top of the video reel in iMovie. The solution is to select “Lossless with Alpha” option in the Output Module of the Render Queue.

Animation of Karoke Fail “Touch My Body” Song from Suzanne Kirkpatrick on Vimeo.

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