Rough Animatic—Dry Brush Blur

I have a scene in my film where Luthor—relaxing in bed—is frightened by a sound. I needed to get him from his seated position on the bed to a kneeling position behind the side of the bed. At first I couldn't figure out how to move him smoothly. I had already used zip pans earlier in the film and didn't want to repeat that solution.

Then I recalled seeing in classic cartoons another possibility. I'm not sure what the technical name for it is, but John K. called it a Dry Brush FX. Using paint and brush, the cel painter created a blurry speed effect. I love the way it looks and it's the perfect solution for my problem. Below is the rough animatic version of the dry brush blur:

It's possible that there will be a filter in Animate Pro that will allow me to quickly and easily create this effect. If, however, it doesn't look the old school way, I'll do my best to recreate it manually. If I can pull it off, it'll look badass!


  1. Kay,

    Glad you liked it. It was ultimately the solution to a visual problem. The final version will look even better!