Dick Figures - Day 6 - Lip Sync

DFTM_Day6_sm Lip-syncing dialogue, matching what the character is saying to how their mouth is shaped, is a tedious and time-consuming process in animation. Instead of drawing a brand new mouth over and over again, we create a Mouth Chart of the specific mouths needed in the necessary configurations of "oh"s, "ah"s, "ee"s, and various other letters. Frame by frame, the animators can now go through each phoneme spoken by a character and drop in the appropriate mouth with just the click of a button. Dick Figures The Movie has nearly a thousand lines of spoken dialogue so finding a streamlined method for lip-sync was critical to not killing all of our animators.