"Hang on to the Night"
Created August 2016
Directed & designed by Lisa Hanawalt
Lead animator: Nicole Stafford
Compositing: Lisa Hanawalt
Additional animation: Abby Magno, Elizabeth McMahill, Valentin Stoll, Lucas Durkheim
When I first heard the song "Hang on to the Night," I immediately thought of this horse character I painted a few years ago. I'd been thinking about writing a story about her putting stars in the sky every night and summoning nighttime creatures.
I quickly thumbnailed a narrative for the video:
Then I spent a few weeks creating a rough animatic, putting sketches together in Photoshop and After Effects. Here's a peek at that:
After this, I was joined by Nicole Stafford, who animated the final video. She also helped organize the project and break it down shot-by-shot (and answered a LOT of my late night keyframing questions)!
Here's a still of Nicole's animation, on a background layout:
And here's the final image, after I composited animation into my background and added camera movement/keyframing/light effects/etc.
This was one of my favorite things I've ever worked on (and I'm still not sick of this song - it rules)!!