Love Somebody Music Video

Hey everyone! Nicky here :)

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! :)

Marco Polo Title Sequence

Hey everyone! Nicky here :)

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.

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

Hey everyone! Nicky here :)

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:

Let’s Collaborate!

Hey fellow readers!

I am done 2nd year and have decided to spread the word that I will be freelancing! If you or anyone you know needs anything such as cards, posters, letterheads, video, animations, illustrations, etc. comment below and let’s collaborate together :)

My portfolio website is linked here so you can see my abilities and creative projects:

So… Let’s Collaborate!

Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann

These illustrations are just wonderful! With artists making digital art like Anna Dittmann, this is something that I would to work on.

Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann.

via Random Illustrations by Anna Dittmann.

Marked 1st place for “Marked”

I don’t think anything is as exciting as this (well, in this particular moment in my lifetime)! In my last year at Havergal College, I partook in a stop motion production with seven other classmates in my Communication Technology class. Along with the guidance of my teacher Mr M. or Mrm, we created a piece I believed was worthy of submission to an animation festival.

So now, over a year later, I receive an email from Mrm two days ago with joyous news:

Marked won best stop motion animation at the Toronto International Student Animation Festival!

How incredible is that?? A collaboration I was a part of won best stop motion! I just feel awesome that all the hard work has paid off and clearly other people enjoy the film.

You can view it here:

As an FYI, the last clip of “Marked” dropping the banana was one of the clips I animated myself :)


A Must Watch

Well fellow readers, I’ll keep this post brief and direct.


If you click the link, magical things will happen! You will discover something truly exciting! YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!! (LOL I’m too excited for my own good… this is what happens when I share/spread the word about stuff that’s just awesome!)

Anyways, before I lose my mind, and readers for that matter, I’ll give a brief explanation of where the link will take you.
I mentioned in a previous post about one of my best friends from school, Moe. Along with his incredible talent of drawing and design, he also has a knack at video editing and production.

I will say no more and let you experience it for yourselves.

You won’t be disappointed trust me :)

Upcoming School Year

Hey Peeps!!

Earlier this week, at 9am, I completed a complicated task. This task leaves some students feeling victorious, and some students crying over their computers, because the future year for these students rests in this task.

Yes… I’m talking about course selection…

Luckily for me, my experience with course selection was NOT so bad :)
I basically got all the course times I preferred and managed to fit in a course for my new minor in Digital Media! Even though my work load will probably be crazy, I know I can manage it!

For all my lovely readers, here is a list of the courses I’m taking in the fall and winter semesters with a description of each…


  1. History and Evolution of Typography –
    This course addresses the historic development of the typographic form from the calligraphic forms that pre-date Guttenberg’s invention of movable type and letterpress to current digital typography. We consider the cultural, technological and historical contexts critical to the understanding of typography and its uses. Typographic nomenclature as it has evolved is studied with respect to anatomy of the letter, its measurement and its technological history. Through lectures, class discussion, readings and research, students will learn to analyze typography and its effectiveness in the shaping of “word pictures.”
    – Interesting? I don’t know…
  2. Graphic Design 1 –
    Through a variety of experiences ranging from the development of graphic form to composition and colour, students will develop visual vocabularies and an aesthetic understanding of how content and message impact on form and communication. All studio-based projects require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. Students will work in two and four dimensions with static and time-based formats. The course will integrate current software and appropriate digital methods.
    – This will be fun!! (but I foresee some challenges in this course…)
  3. Typography 2: Structures –
    In this course students will explore typographic structures, focusing on normative and conceptual principles. An in depth analysis is undertaken in this course that explores the letter relationship to the word, the word relationship to the line, lines in relationship to column and the way these elements activate a particular space. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of visual hierarchy and grid structures, as well as the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic qualities of typography.
    – hmm…. relationships?? Seems pretty complex…
  4. Communication: Time, Motion, Media –
    This studio investigates communication design specific to the capture and creation of motion. Students will be introduced to narrative elements and principles as they are found in interface, animation, video, film and television. Students will study the effective use of time, space, sound, transition, media integration and graphic story telling. The course will explore basic digital motion creation processes: video-capture, animation, workflow, digital asset management, and distribution.
    – Sounds so AWESOME!!!
  5. Special Topic in Social Science: Economic Principles for Artists and Designers –
    How does the economy work? In the current volatile economy, how can we tell whether we are just in another economic cycle, or witnessing a major shift in the global world order? What factors precipitated the current economic condition and has something fundamental changed that art and design students would do well to understand? What alternatives are there? This course provides an introduction to macro and micro economics, locates the Canadian economic system within the global context, and drills down to the role of the business enterprise, from sole proprietorships to international corporations.
    – Basically what I learned in Grade 11 Economics but in University… COOL!


  1. Graphic Design History in the Twentieth Century –
    This lecture-seminar course engages in a study of communication arts and media within the context of the 20th century. The course focuses on the relationships between technological, social, economic, political and cultural changes that have shaped and influenced the development of communication arts. The range of subjects covered includes the impact of the two world wars and the Vietnam War; the influence of the Bauhaus, the developments in editorial design, the first attempts at computer composition, corporate design, electronic imaging and advances in print and pre-press technologies.
    – History? Doesn’t seem SO bad… I think…
  2. Think Tank 1: Awareness –
    This interdisciplinary course examines the social condition of where and how we live in the context of the Faculty of Design’s primary mandate ‘Design and Humanity’. The significant impact that intelligent and sustainable design can have on people’s lives and the considerable responsibility that the designer has to society are critical factors in shaping behaviour and turning research and perception into action. Strategies for change are channeled into potential project solutions in this course through the research, discussion and debate of current societal issues.
    – This could be good…
  3. Graphic Design 2 –
    The course focuses on process, word/image interaction, meaning, hierarchy and the impact of dimensional form on effective communication. Students will learn to distill complex ideas into concise and convincing two and three-dimensional elements. All studio-based assignments require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. The course will integrate current software and tools in both physical and virtual environments.
    – Cool Stuff!
  4. Typography 3: Advanced Structures –
    Students will continue to explore the design of organizational typographic structures in this course. The presentation of complex information in a clear and engaging manner, servicing utility and where appropriate, beauty, is the primary focus. An increased emphasis on content, concept and type’s association to imagery for specific target audiences will be addressed through a range of typographically-driven projects.
    – This will be Super Helpful!!
  5. Communication: Surface, Object, Space –
    Using a variety of materials through analogue and digital processes this course introduces students to the elements, principles and processes used in the development of three-dimensional form. Students examine the meanings and associations of forms, along with the underlying structural principles affecting their creation. Central to the course is how concept, form, material and process are inter-related. Through critical reasoning and an awareness of contemporary Graphic Design practices in architectural, exhibit, way-finding, and packaging design, students develop the skills and confidence to produce meaningful forms in three dimensions.
    – YES PACKAGE DESIGN!!!! So excited to take this course!!!! SERIOUSLY EXCITED!!!!!
  6. Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies –
    This lecture course is designed to offer students critical and analytical skills to understand our complex media environment through the study of the basic principles, methodologies and topics relevant to Communications Studies. Students examine historical, economic, technological and policy perspectives that shape how we respond to and participate in a media landscape, with an emphasis placed on the Canadian context. Topics to be addressed include: theories of communications and media; public and private media; communications and nations; culture industries; media convergence; geopolitics of global communications; networks and communications; democracy and media; and consumers, identity and media.
    – Media Studies?? Very Thought-Provoking!!!

And that is the list of the courses I’m going to take. Now, I may be adding a course to the Fall, that is if I get in… but we shall see. I’m going to cross my fingers for luck ;)

If I get in, I’ll be doing my happy dance!

When in Doubt, Sketch!

The stereotypical artist/designer:

  1. funked up hipster clothing
  2. crazy hair

3. on the list is the most important tool for any creative individual.

Why is this?

It helps to recollect inspiration around you.

I have heard people say to carry a sketchbook wherever you go, and I may just take them up on that suggestion. Considering that I live in a diverse and unique city, many interesting things may occur and I may want to remember those things I see, hear, etc. You can do a quick doodle or a full on drawing, just as long as you place it on the paper is better than nothing.

Here is the stack of my sketchbooks:

my stack of used sketchbooks

And here is a drawing I made for my cover page for my Grade 12 Art sketchbook (Andy Warhol inspired and I used my Promarkers of course :D )

Campbell’s Sketchbook Soup

Laptops, Fantasies, and Rice Cookers??

I have been fantasizing about my first-year experience lately. Some of my friends are already making shopping trips to IKEA and Canadian Tire for the basic necessities needed their rooms and for just general survival. One of my best friends is even taking the extremes and sneaking a rice cooker into her room! Me? You ask? I won’t be needing to make those trips to IKEA and whatever and sneaking rice cookers anywhere (where do you even buy a rice cooker??). I will have to make a stop at a mall of some description to purchase new clothes because when you go to a private school for most of your life, the school uniform takes a prominent spot in the closet. Nevertheless, the only important purchases that need to be made for my “room” will be my TTC Student Pass and my new LAPTOP! To make things more clear, I am going into first-year Graphic Design at OCAD University so that basically explains why I’m not making those trips like my friends. However, the trip to get my new LAPTOP may just be the most important one of all!

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Let me explain.

I have a soft-spot for good working Apple Products. For those with PCs, you may turn your nose into the air and think whatever you like. Apple is just pure awesome! So, you could understand my constant nagging about my new laptop, considering my current 6-year-old MacBook is about to die. This lead to my sisters rolling their eyes and hoping I would just shut up about my new computer. I would give my dad a sorrowful look like my puppy died and he would just roll his eyes. No matter what, getting my new computer was a slow slow process.

Luckily, though, I have determined which kind of computer I would like in my possession. It is the new Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It is light like the MacBook Air and as resolution screen of 2880 x 1800 pixels, which is a pretty damn good screen. I, in early June, went to OCAD for a workshop to help me register my courses and there was a booth available to ask questions about computers. I spent about most of my time discussing with a worker in the OCAD store about which computer I should buy. He, inevitably, said this new MacBook Pro would be the best choice for a Graphic Design student as myself.

So, when I finally convinced my dad to drive me to OCAD to get my computer, I found out that the exact type of computer I wanted to purchase was all gone. OUT OF STOCK! My worst fear came true! More waiting!

Now that my new laptop is on order and I expect it to arrive in the next week or 2, I definitely feel that the wait will be so worth it. I now feel like my friend with the rice cooker simply because I need this for my room next year.



rice cooker