Among all the little pieces that has to go in to making a Kickstarter campaign, the video has without a doubt taken the longest to complete. Dividing our work so that some people focused on setting up the page, some focused on getting some explanatory graphics in there etc- we all had at some point lend a hand to the making of the video.
Starting out with the stop motion part of it, what we thought was going to be quick and painful dragged out to three whole days of work with first taking the images, realising they were unusable as the lighting changed from picture to picture, re doing the process with a different setup (which took several tests and creativity to figure out) to then fine tuning it in after effects in terms of colour, speed of the sequence and pauses.
Stop motion images
The second part
Today I have been working with kinetic typography and making a video reflecting my movement. Started out by researching kinetic typography and found the Swiss designer Dominique Schmitz very inspirational. Similar to the Zero movement his work is full of lines and overlapping elements creating vibration and movement and I especially liked these two seen below. Even the colours are right. Initially I wanted to create something like the left example as it feels like a modern spin on what I am looking into but then I started thinking about type as image and got more interested in how I could use type to create pictures and started sketching with the letters I, Z and O.
Work by Dominique Schmitz
“Just as one can compose colours or forms, so one can compose motions.”
The above quote is what I have been basing my pastiche on. It’s by Calder and captures his way of creating so well and summarises his work weather it be static or moving- he composes motions.
A couple of months ago I was commissioned to create the visual identity of the Nordic Music Therapy Congress that will take place in Stockholm 2018. The client wanted something colorful that brought together the two aspects of music therapy- the scientific and calculating with the emotional and soulful and the logo mark needed to feel Nordic as the congress is a collaboration between the Nordic countries.
Mood board, by Lisa
After getting an understanding of what the client wanted, I put together a mood board of everything I connected the words Nordic, simple, shape, soul, light, constrained and music. Looking at that, I quite quickly decided on the colors blue with the contrast of pink as it reminded me of the mountains and a misty sunrise by the sea.
My line project is finished and it took a 180 turn! I tried to develop a snake fold thing that would have my images of lines folding out in the order I would see them on my way to uni from home but the craftsmanship of it all wouldn’t come together. It looked sloppy, unfinished and very much not what I was going for. So I ended up with boxes which I kind of touched upon in my brainstorming for this project but discarded. Here is the process!
After making five animations I didn’t like with planes turning into stars or flowers in different ways and with different planes and backgrounds I decided the problem with all my videos was that they weren’t weird enough. So I made it weirder.
At my first ever try at stop motion animation this week I’m transforming paper planes into flowers. I’ll post the result as soon as I’m done with it but for now I’m having too much trouble getting the animation to the right kind of feel. Whatever I do, it just looks too dainty and delicate. I need to rough it up but my head is full of airplanes making it hard to think.
A couple of days ago we stumbled upon an animation in class. And it’s amazing. Amazing. I’m not completely sure why I like it so much but I’ve now watched it ten times and linked it to five people already. There is something about the overall pacing of the video that’s just so perfect as it jumps from slow parts to parts where nothing stands still so effortlessly. I also like the gritty feel of the darwings, the smudged pencil lines and the wrinkled paper. Maybe I like it so much because it’s not something I would ever do myself as I am drawn to creating more clean and bright things.
Anyways, I’ve been humming this song for days now so it’s time you watch it and do the same: