CIP: Collection

Sensitivity in Typography/Type.

Massimo had quite an interesting statement. While his opinion on type is restricting, I feel that what he is saying isn’t entirely incorrect. I found that quite often when working with type, you have to be considerate of the spacing. Spacing letters or even having space around the word or sentence can affect the over all outcome, yes. However, there are other traits to the style of the type face, you must take for granted.

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Utterly moving: Updated type motion

So many intriguing animations were shown on Thurday, during the crit. I say I’m pretty surprised a lot, but yes, I was indeed, pretty surprised by this. They were all different and each of them, lead to a nice ending point.

I did enjoy this project the most, overall. Even though it was a lot of hardwork and even with previous experiences with animation, I couldn’t take my eyes of the fact, that there’s a whole lot of planning with in the timing of the animation, how it’s going to work, what each thing will do and how they’ll appear and work with everything else thats on the screen. There’s also a lot of testing to do before having the final aspect published. Continue reading

Kinetic typography with Michelle– Agree, disagree and help.

The workshop for kinetic typography proved to be very useful towards my project; it let me find new methods and discover some techniques that I could use to start making or editing my motion type. I figured out that there were some transitions with in my short story, that I hadn’t quite figured out yet, and I started to play around with the objects I was given to help come up with some.

I started off playing with words as simple as ‘Help’ in the doughy substance. I wanted to think about making the word look warped and difigured, as if the doughy had been beaten up and was calling out for ‘Help’ by changing its form to become that word. At first,  it didn’t seem like such a good method to do with stop motion, due to the lighting and how many snapshots I would have to make for each movement, but it later proved me wrong when I tested it out. Having enough patience and being able to put up with, the fact that this may be a long task was all worth it in the end.

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Artist/Designer Highlight: Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

I wish I had discovered her sooner because her work would’ve been a nice thing to talk about in terms of how words can become their meaning, or the meaning to be shown through their style and the way form is depicted. Her work is very colourful, bold and I love how appealing her designs are. You may have made the automatic assumption, like I’ve done, where I thought that these were all hand drawn on a chalkboard, but they’re not. She creates all of these designs digitally by using custom brushes.

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I don’t know where to start with the typography. What attracted me most is how well the darker tones of colour work with the lighter ones. They add this ‘oomph’ to the over all design, it makes it stand out and gives it more contrast. 3553-87465

She also starts to take advantag of the entire space given with in the document and not only centering the text to the center or to the sides, in doing that, it makes the outcome appear to be free and not cluttered or squashed.

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Utterly moving:Testing out sound

Before making any final decisions, I ended up not having a lot of thought towards what I wanted the music or sounds to be, as there was a very limited amount of time for me to consider what kinds of sounds I would have with in the animated piece. At first, I suppose I was tempted to re-create sounds that were made during the scene with in Eternal sunshine of Montauk and yet, I didn’t stick to that idea. I felt that would be too bland and wouldn’t fit securely with the words I had for my short story. The sound’s just as important as the words are during the production, so it had to be well considered.

I thought about making some softer sounds or maybe humming a tune…

I questioned and pondered about this for couple of days, then decided to find some OSTs that were used in films, games and animations that would exaggerate that sensation of ‘melancholy’, in view of the fact, that the short story once put together became very sensitive.

Yeah, yeah. I understand I do reference this game series quite a bit in my work; to me, this game’s quite special to me as I spent a lot of time in my childhood playing it after school. Let’s steer back to our discussion on music; the music creates this illusional vortex with in your mind, it creates this image of ‘everything is okay’, whereas there’s this change with in the tune. It starts to move on from there and the emotion of calmness soon moves away. I wanted to try and play around with my keyboard piano with a similar sound set in mind, but this wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I didn’t want the music to be calming, I wanted it to be more sensitive.

It’s rare that I ever pay attention to the background music in Lord of the rings, especially since SO MUCH goes on during the films. In fact, this gave me the idea of using pan pipes as they can fabricate many different tones in sound. Continue reading

Utterly Moving: Final outcome- She’s just a girl.

It’s been a while, since the last update to this little blog. As I’ve been developing my skills by hand and in After effects, I’ve spent the last four days coming across some issues with my concept ideas and how i was going to animate it. I had to keep referring to my notes constantly, then some changes to the story board. In doing so, it has been hectic, but from the many mistakes I’ve made, I’ve nurtured them and started to learn from them.  There were also times during the progression in making this animated type, that I needed some fresh ideas or some sort of inspiration to help me continue with it.

After I had this little issue, I decided that first it may be handy for me to test out and record all of the parts I wanted as a stop motion first, so I get a good grasp of the timing and any further issues.

The process was pretty slow at first, but as I steadily started to get the hang  of scanning each movement in, I became quite aware of the pace and how everything would lay itself out on the page. I was quite pleased with this, as I had built up this image in my head and had it to how I wanted; once it was produced as a video animation, I knew that I could carry on to the next stage.

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