Unfortunately, I was very ill and missed an important workshop where we were taught how to use Adobe AfterEffects to create a sequence with kinetic typography, which is part of our task.
So I used YouTube to look at some tutorials and I sort of grasped the basics. Here was my first attempt at it:
For the task we were asked to create a sequence of AfterEffects of over 20 seconds accompanied with audio featuring spoken words. I chose to use a scene from one of my favourite films; Pulp Fiction. The scene is know as the ‘Hamburger’ scene. I used a similar font style and font colour as the title sequence in Pulp Fiction, as shown below:
And here’s my final results of Kinetic Typography in Pulp Fiction:
I did find this task challenging as I’ve had no experience with AfterEffects before. But it was enjoyable to do and I would definitely explore it further if needed.
Saul Bass is a graphic designer and filmmaker who creates title sequences that are similar to the next task I have to complete by using AfterEffects with kinetic typography. Bass has produced and co-produced title sequences for some of the most renowned Hollywood films such as Psycho, Goodfellas and The Age of Innocence.
Below is an example of his work, definitely something to aspire to…
For the animation task, we were asked to create a short Stop Motion that followed the theme of cycle. I decided to do a hand drawing of a tree growing from the ground. To create a Stop Motion in this case, a picture had to be taken after each new part of the drawing. Here are two of the images taken.
Below is the YouTube video of my Stop Motion:
In a Photoshop workshop we learned how to create simple animation motions by working with the timeline effects.
On Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 we looped the simple animation to forever, so the motion would repeat an infinite amount of times. Then exported the animation to a .gif format. Here’s the result:
The next programming workshop was a lot more complex then the first. We were set a task in the lesson to create 10 random circles that would randomly change colour and place when the mouse was clicked on Processing. The advice we were given was to not start by guessing how it would work but, to think about each step in order. This helped in completing the task and eventually I came to the result below:
When the mouse was clicked the circles would randomly change position and colour.
Here I just changed the number of circles from 10 to 100:
For the third task, I had to create a hand drawn 12 frame looped sequence that could be used in a zoetrope. I then had to create a gif out of my final drawings. I decided to draw a clock going around by the hour as it follows the theme of ‘Cycle’ by time progressing and being a cycle of many things. Below are the drawings of each frame:
I then scanned and edited the hand-drawings to be the same size and to have the same or close enough colouring. Then I uploaded each JPEG to http://gifmaker.me/ and here are the results:
Animation is a sequence of images that create motion. The first film containing a sequence of images was the ‘The Enchanted Drawing’ (1900) directed by J.Stuart Blackton it is essentially a silent film with stop motion animation. Below is a direct link to the video on YouTube.
As part of our task we need to create a 12 frame looped sequence then make it into a gif. Before this I researched the Zoetrope. The viewer of the zoetrope looks through the slits on the cylinder, then when the zoetrope is spun the user can see each image blur together giving the viewer the sense of motion.