Its Raining… Cats and Dogs!

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂 For one of my classes, called Animation Illustrated, my assignment is to create a 1-2min animation. I have full creative freedom with the piece so I am excited to make something fun and entertaining! To start … Continue reading

TOUCH

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂

I decided to create a quick little exploration of touch, specifically looking at the meanings behind touch; positive, negative, playful, symbolic, and seductive.

Check out the video below:

About Andrew Bromfield

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂

I had the amazing opportunity to produce the “About Andrew Bromfield” video for Formative Innovations Inc., a design firm I worked at over the summer.

Please have a watch and enjoy!

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.

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

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:

To Mr Sumner

Hey everyone!

This post is going to be a little more serious and heartfelt than my usual ones (just to warn you guys before you start reading). 

This past Friday, January 24, 2014, while enjoying a dinner out with my parents and siblings, I received a rather upsetting email on my phone which read:

“It is with great sadness that we inform the Havergal community of the death of Mr. David Sumner. Mr. Sumner passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 24, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. As we mourn together as a community, our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Sumner’s family and friends.

Mr. Sumner joined Havergal as a teacher in the Social Sciences and Technological Education departments in 1999. Since receiving his cancer diagnosis, Mr. Sumner continued to be an active member of the school community, as he has done for so many years, teaching, coaching, mentoring and supporting students.”

I had the great pleasure of being Mr. Sumner’s student for three years during my time at Havergal and have many fond memories of his classes. I remember his Grade 11 Communication Technology class, which involved making, watching, and analyzing films. During one class he played the movie Psycho and while everyone was screaming at the shower scene, Mr. Sumner and I laughed. I also remember him assisting me while I edited my group’s movie alone, and telling me, “You have a real knack at film editing, Nicole. You should consider becoming a film editor or something involving movies in your career.” I’m grateful that I decided to take that course; grateful that he opened my eyes to a new skill I possess and a love of film I never thought I’d have. 

Here’s a picture from a note he left in my yearbook of that year:

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I also remember his course IDC4U, Education Towards a Changing World. Mr Sumner structured this course with discussions, article readings, essay writing, watching films, and reflecting in a journal. The journal for that class is still with me and will be cherished. I don’t think I’ve realized this until now, but he was always a strong believer in my abilities. After looking through the comments he made in my journal, he encouraged me to not fear my opinions and thoughts, and voicing them to others. He also appreciated my safe presence at the table and energetic attitude I brought to class each time. The last reflection I wrote in my journal for that class was about the true meaning of the course.

Below, he wrote this comment: “Now its time for you to take action! Stop by Havergal and let me know how everything is going. See you at the next crossroads.”

After reading the email that night, I was upset. I did cry for a long time when I got home in my room alone. I am sad that he’s gone. However, this just shows how much of an impact he had on how I viewed my education, my creative abilities, my interaction with other people, and the world. He will always have a place in my heart as the teacher who had my back and believed in me.

Thank you Mr. Sumner! You will be missed by many ❤

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Excitement x100

So hey there!

In a post I wrote a while ago, Sketch it Up, I mentioned a project I was working on for school: my title sequence. Now, within the post I did write that I would explain the project in more detail when I was completely finished with it. 

I will keep my promise and make a post specifically for my title sequence, however I JUST CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So instead, I’ll just give you a sneak peek (cuz I’m an incredibly nice person)

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Black Swan

From just looking at the title, you may be wondering if this post will be about the move Black Swan (2010). Although I thoroughly enjoy that movie, that is not why my post is titled that. So what other reasons are there?

Well, the Black Swan is my alter ego.

Before I continue, an alter ego is a second self, derived from Latin “the other I”. My former art teacher explained that an alter ego could be an identity completely opposite to yours or an extension of yourself. A clear example, I would say, would be the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the exploration of good and evil existing within one individual at war.

In my art class last year, a project we had to complete was to find your alter ego and draw it out. I had thought about it a while and came to this conclusion:

My alter ego is indeed that Black Swan.

The idea came to me after watching the film, where the main character Nina, like Dr. Jekyll, is overcome by her evil self during a production of the Swan Lake Ballet. I felt like I was looking myself in the mirror as I watched her. Nina was innocent, naive, observant, diligent, and hard-working. However, that was not enough to perform the Black Swan role as well as the White Swan. I do see myself as the White Swan, just generally in my everyday interactions with other people. I knew that this would be the perfect choice for my project, and my classmates and teacher agreed.

I first began with a photo shoot of myself as the Black Swan. I made the obvious choice of using the film’s poster as a reference:

Black Swan Poster (2010)

So I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and bought cheap cheap make-up, applied the stuff during lunch hour, and proceeded to achieve these photographs taken by my best friend.

I ended up going with this one:

So after selecting this pic, I decided that I would photoshop a crown on my head, like in the poster. Then, I placed a grid over top the image and printed it off. The paper I used was a bristol board and decided against charcoal and picked graphite pencils and two-headed stumps as my drawing utensils of choice.

So, after hours of work during my spare time I finished another drawing for my portfolio.

Here it is:

Black Swan Alter Ego

That is my alter ego. What is yours?