The rotoscoped video for A-ha’s “Take on Me” came out in 1985. Thirty-six years, countless pastiches, and 1.3 billion Youtube views later, we finally have an Adobe After Effects template fine-tuned to ape its loose graphite look.
Sketchify comes courtesy of Red Giant, an effects and motion graphics software creator owned by Maxon. The template can be downloaded for free through this link. Even better, it comes with a video presented by Daniel “Hashi” Hashimoto (a.k.a. Action Movie Dad) which may rank as the funniest After Effects tutorial out there. (There is admittedly little competition.) Watch it below:
Hashimoto pays tribute to the animators of the original video, Candace Reckinger and Mike Patterson, who rotoscoped more than 2,000 frames by hand. He says he has long sought to replicate its style — without drawing all those frames — but found existing filters lacking. Hence Sketchify, which Hashimoto walks through in detail in the tutorial.