There are very few true animations in this trailer because in reality a real good animation takes a lot of time, and we were out of time. Instead, we focused on specific areas that we knew needed to be clean. I concentrated on the mummy hands that jumps out in front of the moon and Gaelle Rouby did some fantastic work on the mummy who approaches the camera after stepping out of the spotlight. Because the rest of the animations were fairly simple, they were completed as I was working on the compositing in the same time.
This was my first attempt at compositing, and my best friend during this period was Andrew Kramer from Videocopilot.net. Once I got the hang of it, the rest was pretty straight forward. When the work was mostly done I just needed to merge them together and add a camera shake or effect here and there. Again, my favorite part was adjusting the color values to get the ambiance I was looking for. I used AfterEffect with .png support to export the backgrounds and .swf export for the animations.
Jonathan “Djo” Erwin was in charge of creating a soundtrack that would blend in perfectly with the pacing and attitude we wanted for the trailer. Djo did some incredible work and he went so far as to record actual singers to incorporate into the music. It was much more than we expected, and the effect it had on the trailer is immeasurable.
I had the pleasure of meeting him in Paris, and we worked together closely during the mixing phase. Everything was recorded using real instruments and the sound was amazing. We worked through the night and into the next day, and it was an outstanding experience. His work has given real depth to the scenes and it is a pleasure to hear music that so perfectly matches the pace and ambiance we wanted for the trailer.