Happy Easter first of all!
Secondly, I wanted to start my final movie by getting at least one scene near perfect, so I put together one scene that is the first test sequence for the Visitor section of the voice over. I'm not well versed in after effects so honestly, this wasn't a bad first try.
The composition worked really well, so what I @'ed you both for was some editing advice, in the ways of what should really go where and how they should fit together.
For example, the book; should it just ''pop'' up like that, like suddenly for dramatic effect or is there a effect that I can apply to the object to make that transition into view more easier - side note: I tried to match the book to the rotoscoped background and make it so that it appears when the door opens and the camera moved into place, make the book scale as the camera moved close but it didn't seem right as it was all ''jiggly'' when I was trying to key the positions, so I only keyed it from the point the VO says about the book and the camera is close enough to the corner.
I might need to shift the Opacity sliders a little more to make the transitioning of the giraffe/hawk combination appear better but that's honestly my favourite part - side note: Is there a way to make the giraffe follow the opening of the book so it ''sticks'' to it? I mean I know skewing the images work but I'm not sure if I can achieve that within after effects or it's something I have to achieve in Maya. Second side note - I have no clue why that the background changes from white to black as the composition's background is set to default white, is it an Alpha channel issue? Maybe I need to import it with that on/off?
Thanks and I'll be in to spend those vouchers whenever easter break is over :D
Video - Visitor Scene Test 1: