News Narrative – Project 2

Hey Hey!

This week I finished another assignment for my summer course…

NEWS NARRATIVE MONTAGE (NON-LINEAR)

This project is intended to familairize you further with narrative storytelling through the use of shooting and editing combined with motion graphics.

You will demonstrate:

– the ability to add meaning to an exisiting story and engage the viewer

– the ability to recognize and use basic editing and typographical
animation techniques and vocabulary.

– an understanding of and ability to create original content via digital film, photography and audio.

CREATIVE BRIEF

Select a topical news story from a recent newspaper and create a 30 sec—60 sec animation which adds further meaning to the story, giving it greater impact to the viewer. Narrative may be told in a non-linear fashion, but the Who, What, Where and When must always be considered when covering a story.

Research the story further, find it’s context in the world today, and develop a tone and emotional position using assets (footage, photographs, typography, etc.) for use as visual metaphor in your montage.

Consider audio selections carefully. Music, sound effects and voice-over are strong tools that can help convey your stance on the narrative.

Keep the type simple, but also keep it integrated and ensure it services the story you are telling.

 

MATERIALS

You are not limited to the use of any materials, though it is encouraged that no more that 20% be sourced content (stock footage, found footage, etc.)

Consider using any of the following;

– any part of the newspaper from which the story was pulled, or any other newspapers, magazines
– original or found footage
– photographed or filmed typography
– original or found music or sdfx
– recorded situational background (BG) audio (story takes places in a subway? Record some good subway BG audio)

 

TO CONSIDER

Get away from the computer. It’s easier and faster to generate imaginative and engaging content using photos, drawings and footage. Grab it, mash it, blow it up on a photo copier! Get your ‘hands dirty’. You’ll find when it comes time to edit the narrative, all of the thought you put into developing your assets helps the piece almost cut itself together. Don’t get hung-up on software, plug-ins or FX.

Get a good music track to cut to—nothing helps an edit like a good bed track. Find the breaks in the beat, the tempo of the track, and use them as guides. You can always change your track later—chances are it will fit within the current edit.

Here is my finished project:

I hope you enjoyed it :)

 

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:

http://nickyclarizioportfolio.4ormat.com/

So… Let’s Collaborate!

It’s Gin-TASTIC!

Wow… This semester has just flown by so quickly!

It seems only yesterday that I was heading to my first class at the start of January, and now we are moving on to April which means rapping up final projects…

AND IT HAS BEEN STRESSFUL!

One project that I finished a while ago was for a bottle of Gin.

The task was to create a structural packaging design for a product that is very delicate/breakable. For example, my prof suggested using a lightbulb, wineglass, shot glass, etc.

I decided on Gin for one reason: I was in the LCBO and found the smallest/cheapest bottle I could find.

So, here are my final images of what my package design looks like:

Gin Packaging

Now its time for a Gin and Tonic :)

Scorpio

This semester has been… CRAY CRAY!!!

New projects weekly, new learning experiences, new experiments, and definitely new finished pieces! I now have a new piece that I especially like: my scorpion.

Here was the brief I received in my Communication: Surface, Object, Space class:

PROJECT 2: SERIAL PLANES

in this project, we will apply serial plane concepts and the principles of design to the creation of a foam core board 3D form using additive and subtractive methods.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the project, students will have the knowledge and ability to:

  1. Define a basic vocabulary of elements, principles and processes relevant to three dimensional form;
  2. Define material properties and their relationship to specific tools, processes and craft practices;
  3. Engage relevant processes of form manipulation and representation between two and three dimensions;
  4. Employ appropriate tools and techniques to execute and inform the generation of material outcomes;
  5. Document systematic, iterative process through appropriate photographic and verbal reflection.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Create a three-dimensional abstract or representational form that is a minimum of 12″x12″x12″ using white or black foam core board.

This form can be free standing, hanging or mounted on a base (the design of the base should enhance the created form).

Incorporate repetition and gradation of size and/or shape.

Ideally, you will include in some area of your design an opening to reveal the interior space construction, and in this way, explore the positive and negative space possibilities within your design.

Note that the edges of the foam core will create lines, the layering of the planes will create a volume with positive and negative space, and natural and artificial light will create gradation and shadows. Use these factors to your advantage.

SO WHAT DID I MAKE?

I decided to create a scorpion, following the criteria above, and photograph it.

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and there you go :)

 

Hello Norman

Hey fellow readers!

This post has been long overdue, mainly because my life has been hectic as ever, but now that I’m finally finished 1st semester of 2nd year (AH YES!) I have newly found free time to write this :)

This story starts in September, when I met a newly found friend Shannon at a party I went to. About a week after, I received a message from her asking if I would help her create a book about her INCREDIBLY CUTE sheepdog named Norman. After a couple of minutes to process what I had read, I quickly agreed and the project commenced :)

Together we planned each illustration, all 10 of them, and discussed the overall look/feel of the book. Right away, I began my first paid freelance job.

Finally on November 12, 2013, I completed all the illustrations, helped Shannon layout the book pages, and received my very first payment!!!!!

So, here are a few snippets of the illustrations I made:

Norman Dog Illustrations

Norman Dog Illustrations Norman Dog Illustrations

Now, I have my very own copy of the book!

Here’s the link to where you can order yourself a copy of this lovely children’s book and I illustrated: http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-dobson/hello-norman/paperback/product-21323045.html

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Buy a copy!

Nuit Blanche 2013

Hey! 

Last night in Toronto, October 5th to 6th aka sunset to sunrise, Nuit Blanche took over the streets with incredible installations and TONS OF PEOPLE! As a Torontonian, it was my first time attending this well-known event. Actually, when I told my friends this fact, they laughed in amazement and thought I was joking (sadly I wasn’t). 

Anyways, regardless of having never gone before, I like many others, wandered the streets downtown to see creations that were made just for the event.

Also, it was a good opportunity to try out my new camera! This past week, I made the trip to Vistek and purchased a Canon EOS 70D camera :)

Here are the results from last night:

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