We all love a bit of haggis (well, in Scotland we do anyway), but none more so than legendary poet and lyricist Robbie Burns. “Address to a Haggis” is one of Burns’ most well-loved poems and a firm fixture for Burns supper.

Scotland.org, the digital gateway to Scotland, asked for a quirky interactive piece to celebrate Burns Night 2012. The result was this animated recital of the traditional haggis address, featuring a couple of colourful male and female characters on stage.

With a bit of wizardry, we also gave users the opportunity to upload their own faces onto the characters, and share the animation with friends online.

Whitespace were in charge of the visuals, my job was to bring the sequence to life with animation. Using Adobe Flash, I made use of the inverse kinematics of the bone tool for the puppet-like character movement.
The characters’ mouth movement was achieved dynamically, using code to analyse the sound wave of the voice track and position the jaw accordingly.

It was also up to me to develop the face upload functionality and integrate this into the animation.

Fancy taking to the stage? You can still have a go at the haggis address online… check it out at content.scotland.org/burns-haggis-address/.

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