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Elemental Lord: [link]
Song: Shattering of the World - Jeremy Soule ([link]
Continuation of my "Elemental Lord" piece, linked above. I actually had this whole scene planned out in my head before I even started working it out in PS. And because of that, I think it translates better into an animation than it does in just a still-image.
With the exception of the sounds, all painting and animation was done from scratch. Like the "Aura of the Lich" animation, all the sounds were scavenged from sound-packs and then taken into audio programs to completely change how they sound.
I wanted a level of quality to the sounds that I couldn't get with my own microphone. To solve that, I would take different good-quality sound files, change their tempo & pitch, then mix them into one sound. This way, I could add my own personal touch to the sounds, rather than just pasting on un-edited stock SFX. So things like the staff, giant's shout/stomp, rocks, etc, all have anywhere between 4-7 various layers to give them my own unique SFX.
Also spent a good amount of time stereo mixing the sounds so that they reflected the area of space of where they're happening. Though this might be more apparent for people with stereos than tiny speakers.
The "be gone" line the ele says is me though. So, there's that I guess.
-After Affects (animation & fx)
-Reaper/Audacity/Garage Band (recording and sound editing)
-Flash (compiling/exporting the finished clip and audio)