Now, I’m not even going to say that this really qualifies as a real animated movie, but it is short and shouldn’t eat up too much of your time.
Back, when I used to be a substitute teacher, in between dodging spitballs and pushing ‘Play’ on the DVD player (this is what many teachers leave for substitutes to do), I’d sometimes grab a ballpoint pen and doodle on my notebook paper.
Well, I started drawing a scene of a little boy riding his bike down what I think would be a very lovely country road in Provence, France. Do I know anything about France? Nope. Not really. But, despite this, I’m convinced this picture is taking place in the French countryside.
Okay, so I’m done with school for the day and I’m back home playing around with animation on my computer, and I pulled this drawing out of my bag and took a photo of it. In Photoshop, I cloned the boy completely out of the picture (so I’d have a clean background to work with). Then, I made about three versions of the boy with his feet at different stages of pedaling the bike.
With these different photos, I went into Flash and then into Sony Vegas and made the boy slowly scale smaller, to represent him riding away, and I changed each frame of this feet going up and down on the pedals. Add a few sound effects, and voila! French kid riding a bike.
Hope you can see that it doesn’t take much to make a simple picture you draw into a short animated movie.