We all use high profile scripts and plugins and appreciate the huge effect that these have on our experience as animators. As a community we’ve become obsessed with finding the holy grail of a perfect workspace
. For me, the ultimate aim of these scripts is flow. The less barrier between a thought (eg. this comp needs to loop) and an action, the better able we are to focus on being creative and producing better work.
Studios such as Buck show us
how building your own tools can improve the workflow for everyone in the studio. This approach is proof that you don’t have to wait for other people to solve the problems you encounter daily.
Deciding not to just live with the tools After Effects provides has seen us asking a lot of questions about how we animate as a studio. Could something be done quicker, better or more consistently? If it could, then lets try and create a solution.
As a developer, who understands the basics of extendscript
, I have the POWER (scripting knowledge) to try and improve our efficiency and work flow in programs like After Effects by building our very own tools. My first toolbar (aptly named The Sandwich Bar) is a simple panel working as a test bed for new scripts for all of us at HSC to try out. This is constantly evolving and loads of features have already been axed through lack of use.
Right then… Let’s talk about what scripts still remain on The Sandwich Bar:
So here she is… Don’t judge her to harshly she’s just a WIP!