Adrian’s workshop pt 2

Before properly starting the session, we went over what we were taught in the last lesson from the week previous. Amazingly, I was able to recall what we did in the lesson with changing the text and making it move. It was a litScreen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.33.15 AMtle difficult at first, due to the positioning of the words moving out of place on their own at times, but luckily I was able to sort that out.

Afterwards, we learnt how to set an expression for the text to animate in a random way. It was a pretty useful technique.

The first expression learnt was ‘wiggle’, which I spent a while playing around with to create very creative motion type. Not totally sure, if I’ll use that in one of type transitions, but I may try the very last technique we learnt: The pickwick. At first, when this function was being explained to us, I didn’t think I would be able to make the text sync with music with just a click of a button, or in this case–an expression, but when it came to it, I successfuly did it. I don’t have a video of this at the moment, but hopefully, I’ll be able to post one up at a later time.


Motion type in films

The majority of film sequences use some interesting type effects, but I don’t pay enough attention to notice that.  Even very well known openings to films keep to the same old traits and are bound by their own aspects.

Star Wars’ original opening. Otherwise known as the ‘crawl’, could be recognised easily. I simply adore how the text is goverened by a slant as it eases in and out of the screen. With its black background, it’s almost as if it’s heading to the dark skies above in space.

There’s a more comicy one here. The text flows well with both the imagery and music; it also starts to play along with the fact that the film is based on a comic book series. Although, I’m quite keen to the use of bold colours  and patterns that flash on and off, I must admit.

Snatch was another film that came to mind; I like how the font style and transitioning of text works well with the sound.

Steering back to how these title sequences have been presented, I would love to start thinking about what kind of sounds I would need to include with my project. My set of words are quite moving, yet they’re sensitive, I’ll need to work around with that thought in mind.


Utterly moving: Visual ideas

Over the last week or so, I’ve been coming up with visual ideas to help clear my mind of how I could present the set of words that I’ve got. I started to play around with the idea of making certain words become a shape of something, which would be a direct reference to their meaning or something that had happened in the story.

I certainly enjoyed doing this part of the work, as I couldn’t draw images, but doing it this way, I’ve made the type become an image that’ll communicate an action or an event in the story.


After effects tests.

Still not getting anywhere with this, but I had a few tests I did in After effects on a Tuesday.

Here’s the gist of what my selected words are for the story:

I started to play around with aspects, such as fonts, styles and positioning to get an inkling of how could conquer the movement, timing and flow of this. This took me a couple of minutes, it could take longer for me to do it, if I follow my storyboard plan. It would of been better, if I kept a close eye on the timer though.

Planning, storyboards and testing

Looking over what I’ve done so far,  there were some changes that I had made to my orignal ideas and plans. Furthermore, I didn’t at all consider how each transition for the type could or would affect the type and the music. I also didn’t consider the music! which is one of the other important aspects, so taking this on board, I made a brainstorm to contain my ideas to handle these.

Reminders for myself:

  • How will the type motion be presented?
  • What font style will be used?
  • colour?
  • will there be any imagery or colours behind the text?
  • How will it transition?
  • What kind of music/sound effects will there be?
  • What are the chosen words to be presented?
  • How will the words be created?
  • Think carefully how the text can become the word.

I want to focus the words on transitioning/moving in the way of what they mean, or how they are used. I originally intended to create the words by hand in letterpress, yet, the print room was closed on the set days and it wouldn’t of provided me enough time to experiment, get it recorded as a stop motion and get it done on time. So, I thought of other ways in how I could create words with other things…

Such as, I could cut out words from books? then, if I used that idea it plays nicely along with the idea of my bunch of words being a from a story and creating a story, though, I found some red thread later in the after noon and started playing around with that idea. There’s this phrase or something to do with couples, where they are bound or attatched by a single red thread and it’s only cut once they break up. Since the story was quite sad, tearjerking and had to do with a couple kind of breaking up over a disagreement. I thought the thread would aid to this.

Music? I wanted to try and re-create similar sound effects to the ones in the footage shown. Though, I want to create a set of sounds and use a midi editor, along with Audacity to help bring some set sounds and music together for the piece.

Preview of my first story board idea:


Utterly moving: Type, test experimentations.

Two weeks ago, I started to practice drawing out some words by using font style sheets that I found in a couple of font and typography books as a guide. I decided that I would hand draw font and work with letterpress for this project (which I’ll explain later, as there were major changes in the testing phase of this).  The two above are a couple that I selcted for my personal favourites. I especially adored the ‘Hopes’; it really embraces that feeling of hope with in the chosen style, and hopefully, if I can continue with considering what style will help emphasise the meaning for the word it might be effective towards the footage as well.