Motion Graphics is well established in the realm of digital media. It’s highly creative and is influenced greatly from graphic design and animation. Typography is just one element of Motion Graphics and by experimenting with many different typographic fonts animated to a soundtrack you can make text animated that has dynamics of motion and emotion. Adobe After Effects is arguably the most commonly used digital motion graphics and visual effects software. It’s mainly used in post-production for films or television production.
Below is the outcome of the task I had to do which is to complete a audio clip of at least 20 seconds and apply what I have learnt from workshops of Kinetic Typography using After effects. I abbreviated the word “f***ing” to “f***in'” as well as replacing the words “Americans” and “whales” with images of the American flag and a cartoon whale to make it sound more phonetically with the actors voice over.
This is an animated gif I created in Photoshop. The pictures were taken one at a time with a Nikon D5200. These are the images I used:
I took a range of 22 images and edited them slightly in Camera Raw as the pictures were initially under exposed and a bit dark. It is fairly basic, but not bad for a first attempt. I would like to improve this GIF by adding some sound. I.e. sound effects, etc.
This is my first animation using a particular process in Photoshop to create my own GIF. It is a fairly basic animation, however I have managed to reflect the theme of CYCLE to this as it depicts the cycle of life and the act of ageing. This was made by using 12 photographs of the pictures I had drawn on a strip of paper that shows a mans face getting older and unhappier. In Photoshop I set the settings on the Timeline window to make it play forever and that there’s a 0.1 second duration between each frame.
Betty Boop was one of the first Animated cartoons in 1920. At this point in history, animation was silent. It had no sound. Sound only started to be integrated by 1924. “Betty Boop” was a long running series of shows made by the animator Grin Natwick. She was originally sketched as a cartoon poodle, but evolved into a flapper-style woman during her cartoon career. She had to be toned down in the mid-1930s and appeared in two comic strips.” – http://theroaringtwentieshistory.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/betty-boop.html
TOY STORY – ZOETROPE
“The zoetrope consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides. On the inner surface of the cylinder is a band with images from a set of sequenced pictures. As the cylinder spins, the user looks through the slits at the pictures across. The scanning of the slits keeps the pictures from simply blurring together, and the user sees a rapid succession of images, producing the illusion of motion”:
The Flip Book was patented was patented by a man called John Barnes Linnet in 1868 which was the one of the first methods of animating drawings that were done on paper individually. Fast forward now to the 20th Century, Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse and created many many films based on famous characters that we are all familiar of, which is are far more complex animations than any you may find in a flip book. Nevertheless they are both animation. They are both a sequence of images, either drawn, painted, or produced by other artistic methods, that change over time to portray the illusion of motion. “Before the invention of film, humans depicted motion in static art as far back as the Paleolithic period. In the 1st century, several devices successfully depicted motion in animated images”. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_animation
If they had the same technology as we have today, the would be able to take a picture of each sequence on their smartphones and process it as a GIF stop-motion.
This is one of my favourite animated movie clips from more modern times. I welcome you to watch Animator vs. Animation IV. The way the animator has animated his stick figure it’s like he has given it a personality and a character. As if it had feelings, a conscience and a conscious. That’s the beauty of Animation. Enjoy –
These are pictures that I took using the Bulb mode on a Canon 40D. This mode allows you to choose how long the shutter of the lens will be open for by holding down the button before releasing it again. The moment you let go will be the moment you’ll take the picture, therefore choosing the exposure time yourself. These pictures reflects the style Cubism through exploring space and time and the fourth dimension through the art of image taking.
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I got a friend to hold a red light under his face. I then pressed and held down on the capture button. He put his hand over the light and moved a step to the left, then took his hand away from the light lighting up his face back up again – then I let go and took the picture. Since the exposure time was so long and since my friend covered the light for a short duration the picture shows an illusion of two people. If the light wouldn’t have been covered then the movement of my friend and the light would have been one blur/movement.
These are some more pictures I took with a long exposure:
Non-edited – Light Painting
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The first to images were done with the same technique I explained earlier; using the Bulb mode. The last image was done using the same red light but just drawing my name ‘SEB’ in the air. This had to be done back to front, from my POV (point of view), so the letters are drawn the right way round. I started the movement from the bottom of the ‘S’ and followed all the way through to the bottom of the ‘B’ all in on fluid motion.
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These pictures I took on Hampstead Heath were taken on Manuel using the Burst Shot mode. Whilst I was holding the capture button the pictures were taken in quick succession capturing the movement as if it were slow motion.
This is a mosaic montage I have done in the style of David Hockney. I executed this by using one photograph only using a DSLR Canon 40D with an f-stop 2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/100 and using light reflectors to diffuse the light. I then made some slight adjustments on Camera Raw to enhance the colours and sharpness of the image. I then opened the image on photoshop to turn the single image into a grid of overlapping layers. Using this process one would learn some useful techniques. I.e. how to make actions, how to make custom grids and great layer handling skills.
Add some Drop Shadow to make it look as if they are layered one on top of each other as if they were acting like a real montage of photographs.
This is a Timelapse I did back in my home country last summer. The images were taken on a timelapse setting on my Gopro Hero 3+. I set up the camera on a tripod and set the settings to take pictures every 30 seconds for a set number of hours. The results came out superb so I stitched them all together into a timelapse movie within the software called Gopro Studio. I enhanced the colour and sharpness of the movie and put an MP3 track behind it to give it a mood. I also added a fade-in and fade-out effect at the beginning and end of the clip. I believe this follows the theme CYCLE because it’s showing the viewer the sun setting which occurs every evening, over and over again. The song behind it is by an artist called Tupac and the song is called I Wonder If Heaven’s Got A Ghetto, clearly the song signifies life after death which is involved in the Cyclic Existence.