The last five years have seen a steady increase in well designed animated transformations, culminating of late in the blockbuster movie Transformers and even ranging to individual efforts, notably Ssasumind’s Maxwell rendered cell phone to mech transformation.
While timing is important, the impetus resides in logistical design of the transformation. Furthermore layering animation, inserting secondary transformations, can seal the illusion far more than even some animators realize.
Here are a few memorable transformation animations from yesteryear.
Nike “Evolution” – The Embassy Visual Effects
SAAB “Transformer” – Digital Domain
Cingular “Evolution” – EyeballNYC