For my final task i was asked to create a animation on after effects of kinetic typography using the clip from Wolf of Wall Street, which i said about in a previous post. From those work shops i was able to create the animation with minimum difficulties though some effects i used, i did have problems with. In my animation i tried to use as many different effects and movement to keep the clip interesting a fun so avoided using similar texts and effects The final product though short i did spend a lot of time with, which i though i would as its a very time consuming thing to do. I have uploaded this video onto my YouTube channel, and here is the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHLRDrTOwJM&feature=youtu.be
Using my DSLR camera and movie maker, i was able to create a short stop motion animation. After taking around 50-60 photos of the bear i was able to place them all in movie maker and play them back at around 0.2 seconds an image. The whole process of animating the images i found pretty easy, it was the part where i had to position the bear in certain places and having to stick it down to be able to capture the image, like when it was climbing down the wall, was the most challenging. I also had a problem with keeping the camera still which has resulted in the light changing and also the background moving around. Apart from that i thought the end product was of a reasonable standard. Here is a link to my video which is posted on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNir8AXNq9k&feature=youtu.be
I also did a smaller gif animation using a similar technique. but instead you draw each frame. I simply used a strip of paper and draw the character moving over time, i then used the site ‘gifmaker’ to upload the images and download as a gif. This way of animation is a more updated version of the Zoetrope.
The start of animation happened in 1820 with the invention of the Thaumatrope, this was a made up of two pieced of paper on a string, that had a different image on either side. Wen the user would twist the image, it would give the illusion of the images combining.
Twenty years later the zoetrope was invented. This was created with a cylinder with slits in it that would spin around. When images where placed inside, it gave the illusion of an animated sequence of images that looped around.
This gave many people their own idea on how to create animation, and many people started to make flip books. You still see many people now creating little flip books which are drawing that are in a slightly different position dawn on a different page of a book. Once you start to flip through the book the images look like they are moving.
In 1960, a jump since the last event in animation, came Stuart Blackton who created the first animated film. This was done with the technique of stop motion and involved two faces being down on a board and changed over the animation.
Clay then become a new technique of stop motion and many people still use it. Films like Wallace and Grommet and Chicken Run, all use a combination of computer animation and clay motion. Around the 1910’s people started to draw more animation for a more seamless animation. Winsor McCay was one of the first artists to create a cartoon called ‘Gertie the Dinosaur’ using this technique. This technique was then used by the company Disney, which is very well known now, with there animation of Steamboat Willie in 1928.
That was the start of an ever-growing technology. For the next 40 years animation has advanced with CGI and 3D animation.
For task two we were asked to create a capture images that link into temporal expression. Using my DSLR camera I was able to capture image that show an action happing in a single image. I looked at long and short exposer images, and also an artist that links into these, like David Hockney.
My first image that I captured was of my friend blowing petals into the camera. This image is a frozen motion image as its capturing a moving action and keeping the movement frozen and focused. Though I would have liked this image to be more focused I was happy with the final outcome. This photo was achieved by using a fast shutter speed, which meant the image was taken quickly capturing the petals. I found this way of taking images difficult, as it involved a lot of trial and error to get the timing perfect.
The second image that I got was using the opposite technique as the first image, but using a slow shutter speed, to form an image that had movement and motion blur. To create this image you need to make sure the thing that you are focusing on, in this instance the background, stays completely still. This is because if you move slightly the background will also be blurry as you have go the shutter open for a long time meaning that the image is being taken for longer. This is also how the blur on the roundabout is formed. I was going to do this image differently, by also being on the round about and focusing on the figure, but after many attempts with figured it wasn’t going to work because it was to difficult to keep the camera still as you are spinning around as you can see.
This image was an easy and quick image that I did to test out an app called ‘Twist’. This app allowed you to take more unless a side way panorama shot that started taking the image form the top and worked downward. As the figure turned the camera would take the images leading to a strange image like this.
My final image is my interpretation of David Hockney’s work. I used m camera to take multiple images in a similar way as him, from different angles and with different lighting as the time went on. I also did some zoomed in and zoomed out photos which lead to some parts being more in focus then others. I then used Photoshop to put all the layers together, by cropping and scaling each image down and placing them in the correct position so you could still see and recognise what the image is.
To do my task I first wanted to research a bit on all the things that I will be doing for my task to get some inspiration and idea on how to do all the images. For the motion blur images I had a rough idea on what I wanted to do, so I carried on exploring the ideas of roundabout and motion blur. I found images though of a children play area round about, which I though was a more unusual one then a normal round about, I carried on researching though for more inspiration. I carried on looking at motion blur and the use of lights, I will hope to maybe combine these together in my images, Motion blur is created by using a low shutter speed so that the shutter is open for longer and takes the longer for longer allowing the blur where there is movement.
The next set of images I wanted to research was on frozen motion. Frozen motion is basically capturing a moving moment in a complete focused still. I didn’t have many ideas for this one, though I knew what it was, I wasn’t sure how to create the images. I found out that I had to do a similar thing to the motion blur but with a high shutter speed, which meant that the shitter wasn’t open for long which meant the phot was taken quickly allowing movement to be focused. I found some ideas on frozen motion, for instance someone running are something being blown.
David Hockney was an artist born on the 9th July 1937, in Bradford, England. He has become a very famous artist as his work is not you normal stand art work, and he does more creative individual pieces. Some of his most famous work, and work that I will be replicate is his joiner images. These images involve using many different images capturing the same things, from different angles and directions. He says that these images showed how human vision works, and allowed the viewer to see and image over time and not just a still one the spot image.
I was asked to work with a member of my seminar group to create a collage of images that when you look at them in a different way look like all the letters in the alphabet. Using an iPhone and a DSLR camera I was able to capture images from the outside and inside of the house. I then used Photoshop to create the actual collage. Using layer and layer masks I was able to place all the image onto the canvas on Photoshop, so they looked neat and professional. If I was to do this again though I would have used a similar theme throughout, for instance all my images being from the outside.
For the first task i have a good understanding on what to do with my work, but i do want to try and do something different. I researched ideas and more unusual ways of creating all the letter in the alphabet. I found some interesting images, with people using building and even bodies to create all the letters of the alphabet. I started to try finding some of my own shot using the technique of building but found out rather quickly, that some letters were to difficult to find, and figured that in the time space available i wouldn’t be able to complete it. Through my research i also tried to see the ways that people have composed and laid out the images to look professional, so i will be using some of these ideas in my own work.