I finally decided on a piece of dialogue to use for my Kinetic Typography and chose a short clip of Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech in the Wolf of Wall Street. It is a punchy speech and I felt that I could display the speed and importance of the words through the movement of my Kinetic Typography. Below is my outcome which I am pleased with as I feel like I have progressed from our first After Effects workshop which was not even two weeks ago.
Before creating my own Kinetic Typography from just the skills and knowledge picked up in the workshops, I wanted to have a hunt on YouTube and find some examples and tutorials for me to follow and reflect on. I also wanted to get some inspiration of what sound to put with my text – seeing as it only had to be 20seconds worth of sound. I found this really good tutorial to help me just incase I couldn’t remember small details that I learnt in the workshop.
I also found this video of the Great Dictator speech by Charlie Chaplin and was amazed by how quick and snappy it was. I hope to one day be able to produce something of this standard. I enjoyed it so much that I decided I wanted to do a speech of some sort for my task however finding one that creates impact in just 20seconds was the difficult part!
So for this task we were required to generate a 12 frame hand-drawn sequence in the style of the Praxinoscope which was provided for us to use. I wanted to draw a sequence which built as the animation progressed so I went for the “Bubbles” idea. This conforms to the CYCLE theme as the animation builds and gets filled with coloured bubbles before returning to nothing again. Below is the finished animated GIF and also an image of the entire hand-drawn strip which fits inside the Praxinoscope.
The second part of the animation task was to create a stop motion animation. This style of animation can be created using anything from 4 images up to thousands of images. My image sequence contains 40 images and shows a knitted chicken trying to find a place to nest which is the right size. This narrative was adapted from the Goldilocks children’s story and demonstrates an example of stop motion animation. I used my DSLR Canon 600D camera to take these image, hence the shallow focus – drawing attention the the main object being the chicken.
In our seminar this week we learnt about animation and were introduced to the history of animation and how it came about all those years ago. We were shown the many ways that animation was achieved before the 20th century and before there was such technology like there is today. We looked at the Praxinoscope, and even had a chance to test how it worked as the uni have one that we are able to use to check our animations work.
The Praxinoscope works by inserting a long strip of paper with different images drawn on each ‘frame’ you then spin the Praxinoscope and the animation is reflected in the mirror opposite the strip of paper. For our animation task we are required to create a 12 frame animation, and I am going to use this method and then transfer it to an animated GIF online using a GIF creator.
Other methods of animation is drawing-on-paper and flip-books which were the very beginning of animation. The first animation which features both synchronised music and sound effects was Walt Disneys ‘Steamboat Willie‘ which a short GIF is shown below. This animation was aired in 1928 and since then the animation world has evolved enormously, now with films such as Gravity and Avatar – both showing modern day animation.
Following my research into this task, I began to create a joiner image in the style of David Hockney. I used the object of a Ben and Jerry’s tub. The main thing I found challenging for this particular element of the task was how time consuming it was. I found that putting all the images together was a lengthy process. Below is my final outcome.
For my short exposure images I decided to use paint and water together to make the image more aesthetically pleasing. I first experimented with splattering paint onto a canvas but due to having no one helping me, it was extremely difficult to capture the paint at the exact right moment. Below is my failed attempt.
I tried to think of how I could capture something with me taking the photo and creating the movement and realised that me dropping water/paint into water would be easier for me to do both the tasks. I found a pot of pink paint in the garage and began to drip it from a height into a bowl of water. I had the camera shutter speed set to 1/4000 so that it was extra fast. It took many, many attempts to capture the perfect droplet but I managed to get three really good outcomes. These are seen below.
When taking my long exposure images, I luckily enough had someone to help me so this process was much quicker and I was able to get some great images. I bought some sparklers and set my shutter speed to 3 so that it opened to lens up for three seconds and it captured many shapes that we drew. Below are my favourite photos from the selection I took.
I also managed to take this light streak photo, using the exact same technique as above. For the image below I had the shutter speed set to 15 so that lots of movement would be captured to give the illusion that the lights are being dragged along the road. I took this photo at around 6pm so that there were lots of cars on both side of the road and the colours came out extra defined.
In todays workshop, we were taught how to create an animated GIF in Adobe Photoshop. We were provided with ‘Sprite Sheet‘ to use. A sprite sheet is a series of images – usually of an animation all put into a larger image. You then insert each separate image into photoshop, making sure they are all on their own layer. Next, you have to make sure the timeline is visible and make each layer a different frame and you can alter the speed of the animation by selecting all the frames and clicking on the seconds drop down button. Next, you have to reposition all the images so that the animation makes sense. To do this, you have to make sure you move the right image on the right layer so that it flows.
We were given a man walking as our animation, however, when you played it, it went backwards. To fix this problem you have to select all the frames, right click and select ‘reverse frames‘. Finally you can set how many times the animation plays, in our case we did an infinite loop so it kept playing until you close the GIF.
This workshop was really helpful when uploading our own animations and turning them into GIFs. The process was fairly easy to get the hang of and by taking screenshots allowed me to look back on the workshop and check that I was doing each stage correctly – saving time.
This task is photography based and we are required to take various images using different styles. We need to replicate the style of David Hockney in his joiner images and take photos exploiting both long and short exposure.
In order to master the technique of David Hockney, it was necessary for me to research and discover what his work consisted of. First, I found out some basic facts about the artist such as how he was born on the 9th July 1937 in Yorkshire and is still alive today aged 77. The idea of a joiner image is placing lots of smaller images together to make a larger composition. He stumbled upon this technique accidentally and noticed that by creating these joiner images, it gives he viewer a narrative around the central object. Both of the photos below are examples of David Hockneys work. The left image was created in October 1982 and the right image in April 1982.
This research was beneficial as it gave me a clear idea of how to create my own joiner image as I now have something to refer to and base it on.
When researching into the short/long exposure image styles, there was much more variety and different routes to go down. In order to comply with the ‘CYCLE‘ theme, I decided to do water and fire. I felt that water would look effective for the short exposure images as I would be able to capture it dripping or falling. And with fire I thought I could use sparklers or fireworks to exploit the long exposure.
Short exposure images mean that there is a fast shutter speed and less movement is allowed into the lens. When looking online, it was clear that good lighting was key to create a good quality short exposure image so I am definitely going to keep that in mind when producing my own. Below are some examples of short exposure images revolving around water/liquid.
Long exposure images require a slow shutter speed so that the lens allows more movement to be captured in the shot. In order to get the best possible image, the use of a tripod makes sure that the rest of the image stays still and the main focus is on the movement of the object. When looking into examples to adapt, it appeared the most popular was to use either fireworks or sparklers to draw shapes. I also noticed a lot of light streak images which I look forward to trying. Below are some of my favourite examples I found.
This is the final creation of the naturally occurring letters – forming the alphabet. I decided to use the theme of metal and block letters. Also, I wanted to keep the letters consistent and have all capital letters.
To make it easier to see the letters, I chose to use adjustment layers on Adobe Photoshop to contrast between colour and black and white.
This task was helpful as it allowed me to explore my creativity when looking and searching for the letters and it meant that I had to try and figure out where I could find particular letters such as the ‘Y‘ and ‘R‘.
The problems I faced during this task was definitely trying to be as imaginative as possible and finding the last few letters was extremely tedious. After I had taken all the images, using the adjustment layers I had to try and decide which colours and effects highlighted the letters the most effectively.
Day 1: After we had finished researching exactly how we would continue with this task we decided that it would be best to just go outside and try and find some naturally occurring letters to spark up our imagination. We began with the simple letters such as L and T which we found quite easily when looking at scaffolding.
We had a workshop for Photoshop on Monday where we used layer masks in order to make sure that we presented this task professionally and neatly. I created 26 boxes, all the same distance apart and all align with each other. This ensured continuity in my design work. We recapped how to do the layer masking and managed to insert the four images of letters we took into the Photoshop document today. This showed that we remembered how to do the layer masking and gave us a start with the task.
Day 2: Following yesterdays success with the naturally occurring letters. Tessa and I spent around 3 hours searching for the remaining letters around the University – both inside and outside. We managed to find all of them apart from Z, R and G – which we were stuck on for ages and eventually managed to use our imagination and came up with creative ways of finding the letters.
We took all the photos on a Canon 600D camera which allowed us to access the best quality image as we set the ISO high and kept the shutter speed fast so that the images were crisp and defined. Using the manual settings of the camera is vital when hoping to produce the best possible quality of photo. It allows you to differentiate between a professional designer and a standard digital camera phone quality.
Our first photo task is to find naturally occurring shapes which form the entire alphabet. I paired up with Tessa from my seminar and we decided to follow the theme of metal and researched some artists which had done this previously. At first the task seemed very daunting but after thinking of some innovative ideas we decided that it was about being creative when trying to find the letters.
In our lecture we were shown this image which is the alphabet created from the outline of buildings. This demonstrates creativity and is what me and Tessa hope to achieve when completing this task.