Blue Project

Hey everyone! Nicky here :)

Last weekend, I organized a pretty fun video shoot, involving two of my friends, a backdrop, my camera and tripod, beats speakers, and a lot of blue powder!
Through the many difficulties trying to organize the shoot, I managed to capture very interesting footage to use in my video. On my camera I set the frame rate to 60spf, so during the editing phase, I could easily slow the footage speed.

In After Effects, I worked some colour keying magic and applied a few other changes to produce the look I wanted.

I put the link below so have a watch!

Feminist

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This past semester, I made a pretty “edgy” video for my expressive typography class.

In the video, I explore the meaning of Feminism for me as a woman in my world. I have always had an insecurity with my body, which started probably the beginning of 7th grade. I have small breasts, bigger hips, a wider waist, a bump in my nose, which made me feel extremely unattractive. The perfect image of what a woman should look like has always haunted my mind, to the point of these thoughts becoming obsessive. This made my self-esteem decrease.

Now, after reflecting on who I am and how people actually perceive me, I see now that I am beautiful because I am my own person. This video is a reflection of my journey to finding my inner woman.

http://www.nicoleclarizio.com/video#e-1

Love Somebody Music Video

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I am a big fan of Maroon 5. I remember getting their first album on my 10th birthday and haven’t stopped listening to their music since. However, I haven’t been a tremendous fan of their music videos. That is until I watched their music video for Love Somebody:

The overall concept really sets the tone of the song and the visual effects used for the video are spot on. After doing some more research, I was able to find some information on how the video was produced. They had each person dress in white clothing and stand in front of a white background while being covered in blue paint.

Based on the making of the video, I figured that they isolated the paint using After Effects by keying out the color that there’s a hole in the footage. Then duplicate the layer and use it as an inverted track matte on the original footage, so the paint is left in the footage.

I would like to try and achieve a similar effect as an experiment. Although… getting someone willing to be covered in paint and not make a huge mess… we will have to see! :)

TasteToronto

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For almost 2 months now, I have been working as a Contributor for TasteToronto, an online food publication about the various food spots in the Toronto area. While I was looking through the website, I noticed a link to apply for a job position and decided to send them my resume. Sure enough, they contacted me and offered me an internship.

I have written a few articles now that have been posted on the website! Check them out here:

http://tastetoronto.ca/author/nicole-clarizio/

Marco Polo Title Sequence

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Every so often, especially when I take a break while working on my projects, I visit the website Art Of The Title. The website is a collection of different title sequences from around the world for film, television, and video games, and includes the creative process behind them.

After watching the title sequence for this show, I was in complete awe. The title sequence mimics traditional Chinese painting, showing various gruesome imagery, including a field of bodies on stakes, a tethered hawk, and a severed head. Multiple clips of macro shots of the ink spreading across the paper to form the recognizable drawings create a gorgeous aesthetic that fits the tone of the show and is definitely memorable.

Immediately I started asking myself questions like these: HOW WAS THIS MADE? WHAT SOFTWARE WAS USED? IS THIS LIVE SHOT OR ANIMATION? HOW CAN I MAKE SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS???
Since the website features, how the creators came to making the title sequence, I read through the discussion with the team from The Mill so I can understand the steps they took through the process.

With any film project, the majority of the time is spent researching and developing concepts. According to Bryce Wymer, co-director of The Mill, “We did a ton of research. I looked at everything from old spaghetti western posters from the early 1960s to 1200s Mongolian horse saddles. I also spent the better part of two days in the Asian arts wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” As well, the team presented a range of directions that could be developed, including using ink to convey the graphic elements within the title sequence. What makes using ink in the title sequence successful is that it creates a juxtaposition; a “safe” and traditional medium creating violent images.

Unused frame from Art Of The Title

While reading the rest of the discussion, I was happy to read about the process of how they shot the ink drawings, what their set up was, and equipment and software they used. After setting up the paper and the other materials, the team set up two Red Epic cameras, one overhead and one floating on a slider. This assured the team that they would capture as much coverage as possible. Also, using two cameras allowed them to safely capture any unexpected ink happening in the wide shots and also get some macro shots on the other camera.

Furthermore, they provided a quick breakdown of the overall process in short:

  1. Digitally project completed illustrations on white 100% cotton watercolor paper
  2. Two to three people paint in the illustration with clear water so the image is completely made of water
  3. Turn off digital projector. Now you just have clear water on white paper
  4. Two Red Epic cameras are set up. One locked, one on a slider
  5. Tilt the table to the right degree to get the water flowing in the desired direction
  6. Two to three people drop Sumi ink onto various spots within the illustration depending on how we want the story to unfold
  7. Edit composite, build shots
  8. Grade (color correction)

Reading through the article about the makings of the Marco Polo title sequence, I feel quite inspired. Based on how the team made their vision a reality, I know that I am capable of creating something just as remarkable.

 

FITC Tokyo Title Sequence

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If I could describe this video in one word, it would be this; mesmerizing. After watching this video for the FITC Tokyo conference for this year, I couldn’t help but press replay over and over again. Each time I watched the video, I tried to deconstruct how the video was made; the multiple layers and elements.

According to the description of the video, the title sequence was “sought to encapsulate the city itself – distilled to graphic form.” It was also made to “contrast the harmonies of traditional Japanese culture against the backdrop and sensory overload of present-day Tokyo.” Based on the designers’ objectives for the video, they clearly created the illusion of overload.

The director of the video is Ash Thorp, a graphic designer, illustrator, and creative director for a multitude of different mediums, including films. His design and direction for the video takes on a style of glitch. He pushes a harsh colour palette, dominant typographic style, simple geometry, gradients and isometric elements.

What amazes me most about this title sequence is its level of complexity. Creating this video would have had to require a massive library of different textures and materials layered over top of each other. As well, the amount of time and planning must have been a hefty task, just to work out each individual frame, animation, key frame, and transition.

I encourage you to the watch the video and truly witness something mesmerizing!

Even the stills from the video are beautiful!

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Here is the website where you can view the stills as well:
http://albertomoss.com/work/fitctokyo2015

Oscars 2015

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Here is the final edition to my Oscars infographic, completed with all the nominations, categories, and winners!

Can’t wait for next year so I can make another one :)

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2015 Oscar Infographic

Hey everyone! Nicky here :)

I love the Oscars!

It is, I think, the only awards show I actually want to watch throughout the whole year. So, to prepare for the show happening February 22nd, I decided to create my own infographic showing the Top 10 most nominated films in the Oscars this year.

Here is the final:

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Maybe I’ll get an Oscar for the most ambitious information design piece :)