Silence of the Lambs – Title Sequence

Hey Everyone!

This week is my final week of the first duration of summer school and I’m quite exhausted!
6 weeks really goes by so fast it’s unbelievable…

In my Graphic Narrative, Animation, and Motion, our final assignment was… you guessed it… a Title Sequence!

With this being my 3rd title sequence project at OCAD, I wanted to create something with more depth and raw footage. Also, I wanted to pick a film out of my comfort zone… HORROR!

I picked a pretty well known film called Silence of the Lambs, mainly because the original opening credits for the film is pretty DREADFUL!

So here’s my title sequence:

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 :)

 

Hope – My First Animation

Hello y’all :)

So this past week has been pretty busy (what else is new) because my summer courses started last week… and I already have an assignment finished… OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The assignment is called THE HERO’S JOURNEY

CREATIVE BRIEF

Provide 12—15 storyboards which visualize the short story you’ve crafted. This can be the story you started in class or a completely new tale.

You may use the provided storyboard template to sketch out your narrative. Below each frame you can choose to include a description of the physical environment (set design/location, time of day, interior [IN:] exterior [EXT:]), an/or description of the spatial quality of the frame (staging, camera angle and any other element from your shotlist).

PRESENTATION
Storyboards will be submitted in digital format for review on 21.

TO CONSIDER

• Progression. Where does the story begin? Where does it end? What creates the most drama? Does your protagonist journey from Orphan–Wanderer–Warrior–Martyr?

• Use your senses. How do you convey the ambiance or mood one would experience while exploring this place?

• Do not be afraid to experiment – use humour, surprise, be spontaneous, embrace chaos.

• Keep it simple.

 

With this brief, I began the storyboarding process:

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Basically, I planned out what each clip would look like and how the story will progress.

After, it was time to create the characters and animate them:

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Now, finally, here’s the final animation:

I can’t wait to see what the next assignment will be :)

 

 

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 :)

 

Valentine’s and Reading Week

This week is Reading Week; the week-long break most university students have during 2nd semester to take time to relax.

Well… that is the theory…

Really, at OCAD i find, reading week is when professors think “Oh my students have a week off! Let’s give them extra work because they have time!”

… WTF??!!

I think I can speak on behalf of the OCAD student body that this idea is S.T.U.P.I.D. considering the school got a bad rep last fall about more than half the students were depressed or had some other mental health issue…

Not really a good idea to create more stress is it??

Anyways, the day that started Reading Week, surprisingly, was Valentine’s Day. In retrospect, Valentine’s was perfect timing this year; starts on reading week, was on a Friday… therefore very ideal for couples to express their love to one another (or singles to buy discounted chocolate for the weekend to drown their loneliness…).

This year I was not a loner on Valentine’s…

Yes… I had a date :)

(NONE OF THAT HAPPENED FYI)

Digital Media Journal = My Sad Life

This semester I am taking a VERY VERY interesting course for my minor: Networked Communities and Environments. Specifically, this course addresses the social dynamics of the Internet, how networks evolve, the social implications, the spaces in which the networks exist and so on.

For the first assignment, I was tasked with keeping a Digital Media Journal. Basically, track the amount of times I use any digital media and what kind specifically.

What I have noticed is that I use my laptop and iPhone extensively for multiple purposes.For example, I observed that each morning, I turn on my Music on my iPhone on my morning commute as well as my commutes going home. I have also noticed that I constantly check my Instagram account on my phone, at least 12 times throughout the day. I estimated that I listen to music for roughly 7 hours each day.
As well, being in a design program, I use my laptop everyday to access the Adobe software. Moreover, I do use my laptop to access the Internet. Throughout the week, I visited Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress.com, YouTube, Google, and Gmail more than 10 times. In particular, I opened Facebook everyday and will leave the webpage open for over 5 hours. I usually spend roughly 10 hours a day solely on my laptop.
Finally, I watched the television twice to watch a half-hour show and an hour show the other time. The other television shows I watched were off my computer, around 2 hours that week.

In conclusion, I have found that I have a clear dependency on both my laptop and iPhone.

Here is the video I produced for my assignment: