Still Batty

Posted on Nov 17, 2015

Target Halloween: Bella

Better late than never, I wanted to share the second of my Halloween gif series. I built the assets in Adobe Illustrator (see below) and then brought the Ai file into Adobe After Effects as a composition. Some assets, the Fall leaves and flying bats were borrowed from my previous Halloween comp.

A six second loop, I rendered the comp as a QuickTime movie. I imported the movie into Adobe Photoshop and Saved for Web as a gif. (If you attempt, please check forever on the Looping Options drop down.) – Joe Gast

See all of my gifs here.

Batty Ai file



  1. Jim Richardson
    November 17, 2015

    Hi Joe,

    Well worth the wait! Was this for Target?

    Also, I was wondering if you have a tutorial or “Making Of” presentation of how you put this together. I have a Blog for my animation students and whoever else is interested in learning more about the subject and I’d like to show your animation process. I can also direct viewers to your site as well.
    I get a lot of hits and no comments, even when I beg for feedback. Do you get this as well?
    Let me know if you are interested in doing this and visit the animateducated blog to see past articles. And leave a comment if you like it.

    • joe
      November 19, 2015

      Thanks Jim. No, I’ve never done a tutorial, though I’ve certainly watched plenty of them.

      And I get an occasional comment, but not too many. I blog sporadically, so glad no one follows me too closely.

  2. Andrew
    November 19, 2015

    Nice only comment is that the lightening doesn’t change on the inside of the coffin.

    • joe
      November 19, 2015

      Good eye. Yes, the lightning doesn’t light the inside of the coffin. I’d love to say that the light is from behind and the coffin is in shadow, but actually it’s purely aesthetic. I didn’t like the way it looked when light hit the entire piece. It looked really flat. I’m happy with my decision.


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