Kinetic Typography

This task involved making a clip of over 20 seconds in which we had to use typography in After Effects to accompany and enhance a sound track featuring voice. We also had to try to avoid any type of imagery or graphics other than the type itself.

For my clip I chose a scene from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in which we hear the main character Caesar speak for the first time in front of a crowd of humans. I chose this scene specifically because it is very focused on the speech of Caesar, which is a perfect match for a task which focuses on Voice and typography.

I initially created a simple version of this sequence with only the animation of type, and only in one particular font. This however didn’t feel like much was going on, as typically these sequences involve alot more speech compared to the scene I chose. Therefore I decided to focus on other techniques in after effects that would make the final product more interesting.

I looked into the animation of the camera layer to create more complex transition effects rather than just a fade in and out. I think this was quite successful in making the scene feel faster paced. I have also focused on Typography heavily to convey emotion in the scene. For  example using italics with increased kerning the emphasize ‘not’, or using a more menacing typeface for the word ‘war’. I found using two layers of type in different colours made a nice effect especially if you animate one of the layers along with the movement of the camera. This can be seen at ‘War’. Using the 3D mode for text animation also allowed for some nice swinging effects and transitions for words. The final touch was to add an adjustment layer with a simulated film grain that adds to the emotion of the scene itself, and providing the clip with the look I envisioned for it.

I think the most important part of this task is successfully syncing the audio with the text as I found out from trial and error. Unsynced audio and text completely ruins the scene and distracts the audience from the content, as it becomes very noticeable.

Overall I am pleased with the result of the clip. If I were to do this again I would like to focus on a scene with much more speech to get a faster paced clip. I would also like to look into masking and creating 3D text elements in Cinema 4D.


Temporal Expressions

This photographic task involved using various techniques to create images that center around the theme of cycles.

In our seminar we were shown some of David Hockney’s joiner images which he makes using his joiner technique. Stitching photos together into a collage which much more resembles photographs spread out on a table rather than a perfectly stitched panorama.

Hockney Joiner

As it is nearing Halloween I thought I would use the annual cycle of Hallows Eve to present my take on Hockney’s joiner technique.

Halloween Joiner

I like my take on the joiner image as I have used masking in Photoshop to crop out the background of the pumpkin. This way I was able to show only the organic shape of the pumpkin and still have the joiner effect be quite prevalent in the photo.

Next we were tasked with creating both long and short exposure photos.

For my long Exposure photographs I wanted to focus on the cycle of the commute. Therefore I chose to use the Bournemouth Buses and traffic in my photos. With the lights being one of the most obvious things on a vehicle a long exposure photo of such gives a great effect.

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for the first image, I took a 6 second exposure photo of the view whilst driving down a road. Here you can see the light streaks curl as the car gives an unsteady platform for long exposures. I think it gives some interesting results. The second image was taken from a still viewpoint as the bus had stopped and traffic moves past. We see the light streaks from the moving traffic alongside the stationary bus.

For my short exposure photos I focused on the cycle of nature. Therefore I looked at capturing a freeze frame of these cycles. I think I did this well especially with the first photo capturing the birds in flight.

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I think that a better way going about this project would have been to pick one specific theme to stick to. I chose multiple themes to explore the ideas I wanted to, but I think one specific theme would have produced a much more unified final portfolio of images.

After Effects Motion Graphics

This is a motion graphic that I have made using key frame animation in After Effects CC. I have used a logo that I made for a company (Unity Development). I wanted to use After Effects because its a relatively simple program to create motion graphics in with a lot of features. This could have been made in Photoshop CC, but it would have taken much longer as you must produce the animation frame by frame. I have used Photoshop in this case to convert the MP4 file produced by AE to an animated GIF so it is viewable on my blog.