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.
Speaking to Simon an idea came to light….
The idea of creating my desk through blender was something which could be taken from many angles. My first idea was having an animation with the camera travelling through the objects on my desks as like a bird through a forest. This came to me due to a Blending technique called Poly.
A few people in my class where making blender animations of birds and planes flying through scenery developed in this style.
Something popped into Simons head when he was looking through my blog called The Time Machine
What about a desk which doesn’t change, but the world around does…just like in the trailer about. Something quite interesting about this concept is the different points I could take it from. Dependant on who my target audience is the scenes could be many different things. And the ways of representing it and failing experimental. Use of stop motion could be done…like so.
or I could draw it myself, giving a sereal theme to the scene. Or even just create it on Blender and work about the desk as if a Sun in a universe with the planets moving around.
Time to start getting some sketches down.
Just created with help from this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zd1AI198I8
An idea is coming to mind….
…..the main aspect of my life at the moment is my desk in my uni house. My desk is my life and holds home to everything I need and use to create my art. What if I created my desk….A perfect representation of my personality and life..
SERIES ONE FOR MY PORTFOLIO
Working with Blender my aim is create a typography piece which reflects a sort of student/blog/personal logo for myself. The brief set for myself is using text a background to betray student life for myself at the moment. Considering colour and personality I will make a piece of work which summarises my life at the moment and has a story behind it rather then just some letter.
Using Youtube videos and my work shops I am going to dable in the basics of Blender to give myself a good knowledge of how to create a nice piece of work. Below I will document my though processes and the final piece’s created. Aiming to show you my work flow and if I am improving or if I am just a lost cause and Blending.
I call this: i7246760
This is my student number, here I’m just starting off with basics; how to work around the program and how to create something. This is my first final piece, taken from the help of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiJfcZ031AY
My Aim is to use my Student number a representation of myself, the person being represented through my i number.
Here I’m obviously trying to generate an ice texture effect…made me think of Festive Moments….a previous yuletide project. Basically at the moment I am experimenting with textures and colours, trying to find something which trips my inspiration.
My first attempt at a Blender animation…obviously the animation speaks for itself. An idea is coming together for me, thinking I will create a still imaged blend and also an animation type.
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.