This is my final production for this mini project….reason for this is down to time, there is a lack of it… Here you can see my use of colour for change in personality and size of font to give a depth of field, also a problem which I solved was the speed of the camera. Using less sudden movements and spacing the key frames apart more gave a smooth feel to the animation, complementing the typography and also the audio itself. I’ve also take a Tardis (The Doctors Time Machine) texture to use as the background, inspired from the V for Vendetta texture used.
If I where to continue this project, which I most likely will at a later date in my own time…I would finish off the entire audio and spend more time on placement and effects used. Creating something which I could use as a full portfolio piece.
If I where to make any changes to this just over 30 second animation I would work with more effects, giving individual words personalities and textures. This would related more to other Kinetic Typography animations which I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed.
Another basic training for myself, I have changed the audio something which I stumbled upon
I am going to stick with the chosen audio and work on this for my final piece, I feel a lot more emotion in this one rather then the other. Also being given the opportunity to work with colour to show off different genders/character in the audio, not having this would have made the animation a bit dull and dry from my point of view.
- The camera movement is too fast (hurting the eyes)
This appeared to represent a Moire Pattern… This was mentioned to me by one of my seminar tutors, Simon. The result of this was a bad view for the eyes ruining the whole animation. This needs to be fixed.
- Slow to fast camera movement isn’t perfect
There is a big jump from slow cut moves to fast cuts, again not look very nice and can be quite messy when viewing the animation. The struggle is trying to keep up with the audio in the animation, but there is another way round this. Coming back to a structured theme, like in V for Vendetta this problem could be solved.
I am getting used to the camera tool now and have also taken some of the techniques I was using for my first Gravity Kinetic animation, using those for improvements. Coming along here tomorrow I will finish up with this mini project and get back to my Blending.
First Draft of after effects camera tool…
A fair bit of work is needed on this, of course I am not happy with it, but it is a starter to get me warmed up with how to use the camera tool. The next step being for me clean everything up, not having having such a cluttered space because this looks very messy and doesn’t give off a nice image and also to bring in some of the techniques used in the first Gravity animation. This will help give off a better image for the animation. Starting to add some personality in the words and movement.
I love Doctor Who. It is without a doubt my favourite thing in the whole world. I want to do something which I am going to enjoy (obviously) bring me to use this epic speech made by The Doctor (Matt Smith). Another reason for this choice of mine is due to the theme of the speech. The power and persuasion which is in his voice, put together which the timing of each word made is perfect for a Kinetic Typography display. Check it, someone has already done one.
Using a tutorial linked to me from my class mate Bob I began to learn the basics of using the camera tool on After Effects.
The reason I want to use the camera tool for my Typography animation is because of it’s free flowing manner. Having subtitle animation which is just layered key frames gives off a…what i would call ‘tacky’ impression’…whereas using this motion movement shows a clean good looking video effect. Watching the tutorial gave me the basics of everything I needed to get started.
Using keyframes and camera movements the flow from word to word was working out smoothly. When adding text I would have to go through the process of putting 2d font into a 3d area which allowed me to work with the words and travel through them. The tools for moving text around and the camera around are incredibly simular to those used on Blender; working with X,Y and Z axis you place the work in the position you want.
Coming to a point in the animation where I though a change in view was necessary I wanted to show off the surrounds e.g. the back of other texts in the scene. As seen below.
A problem appeared when doing this.…when working with this tool you have a point of interest which is where the camera always looks at when flowing. When flipping the camera to face the back of the text the point of interest would change compromising the rest of the animation.
After some research and pure stroke of luck I came across that you could key frame said point, solving the whole problem. You may think that, that is obvious, but trust me it took me a while to find out.
Structure is something which I want to involve immensely after learning a bit more about how to use the camera tool. An example here is the orange shapes the picture to the left. Each shape is at the different level and has a differen height and thickness. Using something similar to I can create a nice neat and clean representation of the chosen audio I would like to animate.
This video above represents what I am going to try and create using the camera tool. Each word being placed and appeared on screen to a curtain criteria, have an artistic creation method to make something beautiful and characteristic.
Below is another animation with a Doctor who theme.. with over 21,000 views I am not really 100% sure why there is so much love for this video. If I am correct the words are out of sync and it seems a bit dry, but that could just be my point of view. I am going to try a create something which has movement and personality, something amazing and good looking. Not using the white background as seen below, but like with V for Vendetta use a nice text..may a Tardis.
Here is my first Typography Animation
My First Typography Animation which is incredibly over due.
This is very boring and needs a lot more attention from myself, but after having listened to this Speech from Gravity over and over
and over and over and over again I have had enough of it. I’m now moving onto something which I’ll enjoy once more and is something I love immensely.
I am now also going to try and learn the ‘Camera Move’ tool in after effects to give and extra edge to my Animations. Something less boring and much more entertaining. Rather than the frame to frame shots which I’m find very repetitive and original I’m looking to go outside of the box… to create a Kinetic Animation which is different to others.
Time to do some research and find some inspiration.
Here we have the infamous Bandana boy, an idea which came to me one night after my bed had broken (completely snapped so I had to sleep on the floor). I thought why not make animations based on events in my life. Inspired by the ‘Simons Cat’ Series https://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat who really reminds me of my cat ‘Beau’.
Starting of simple I had create the young fella, the catchy name coming to me from a memory of Reading Festival wearing my red bandana I started drawing him. Eyes are always tricky for me and seeing Bandana I like to think him as a cool, careless boy. Who needs no reason to wear sunglasses, but still does.
The girl is based on Margot Robbie, Bandana Boys love interest. She needs more time to be created.
Here is the first draft of the animation I am trying to create, using the little box fella as seen for my drafts I consider him an understudy of Bandana Boy who tests out the scenes he lives in.
The next step will be to put Bandana in to the bedroom environment. My first problem which resulted in the creation of the little box character was how complicated drawing Bandana Boy over and over again would be if there was a problem with the scene. Creating a simple four sided person was a triumph for myself productivity in the process of creating the animation scene.
Here is ‘Love in the Rain’…
I have had this idea ever since I saw the image of the two under the umbrella in an episode of Heroes. The power in the image caught me straight away and I wanted to bring into life… So I started simple, using flash and setting up motion tweens I began the process. Searching simple images of rain I copied and pasted until I had a nice set up. Placing a loop and export as a gif I came to this result.
I problem which came up where with sounds….I wanted to add the foully of rain, but exporting bought a problem to light. I never found out why when finishing exporting the sound didn’t play, that’s why i got to the result of the silent gif.
In a way it worked out quite nicely, quite haunting in away.
Next step is to try and give a 3D effect to the image, bringing them to life.