My Thesis

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂

I apologize for not posting here for weeks now. I have been so caught up in my school work, my personal life, and random other things. But in terms of school, I’ve been really focusing on my thesis. For those of you who don’t already know what my thesis is on, here is a quick synopsis:

My thesis is a series of videos exploring the experiences of individuals immigrating to Canada and their memories of where they’re from. Each individual shares a personal, unique story of why they chose to come to Canada. Through these shared memories of immigration, a conversation can begin with others on their experiences and a better understanding of someone’s personal journey.

Currently, I have created one video at the end of December and am working on the next two now.

Take a look at my first video and let me know what you think!

 

Oscars 2015

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂

Here is the final edition to my Oscars infographic, completed with all the nominations, categories, and winners!

Can’t wait for next year so I can make another one 🙂

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Visualizing Data

Hey everyone! Nicky here 🙂

I’m taking a course about Wayfinding and Information Design. Our first project is to organize a set of data into an interesting and understandable way. Here is what I created so far:

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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 🙂

 

 

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!

Finding Styles on Behance.net

Lately, I’ve been spending a good chunk of my Internet time on behance.net, a website for people to showcase and discover creative work. It’s a great website for designers who want recognition in their work from other people for potential jobs. Obviously, I signed up so I can get more exposure to other people’s successful work. For example, I started following andersdenkend, a graphic and editorial design company based in Germany. Some of the projects on the profile include:

This project really interested me because I quite like the style of the work. Therefore, I decided to experiment in Adobe Illustrator and I came up with this:

My Sweetheart

Remember, inspiration can come from anywhere, so embrace it while you can 🙂

Project: Carrie (Part 1)

Hey fellow readers! (or random peeps who want to read something worthwhile… you may or may not find that here… but I’ll leave that up to your brains to process…)

I have structured this blog post as a part 1. You may be wondering why (or not care either way) so here’s my explanation.

Since my first year at OCAD is coming to a close and summer is fast approaching, I was thinking of creating a fun project to complete by the start of second year. Yes, this may seem like a lofty goal/ambition, but I assure you that it will be worth reading in many blog posts.

So, for this post, I’ll explain the project in detail.

The Goal: Create a compelling graphic for the novel Carrie by Stephen King.

Carrie by Stephen King

You may now be wondering why this novel. Why not something more cheerful/happy? Why this horror fiction? Well, this past Tuesday, I saw the movie Evil Dead (probably the grossest/most-horrific/scariest I have seen so far!) and saw a trailer for the remake of Carrie, based on the novel. Since the trailer was so compelling, I now have the urge to read the novel.

And THAT is how I got the idea!

Here’s the trailer for the movie, which is coming out October 2013:

I’ll let you guys know how the novel is and my upcoming ideas for the graphic.

More parts to come 🙂