Monday, March 29, 2010

Timed Based Media

I have a video project coming up. Coming up you say?! Yes, it's true, my teachers have been a tad unorganized. Classes end in two weeks and I have yet to start a final project worth 45% of my final grade. Super. For this project I get to do animations in a 3d environment (not necessarily 3d objects) and combine it with green screen shot film footage.
I'm pretty excited. I've learned a lot of really cool things this term about video, and when I see things like this:

I only get more excited. This is a promo for season 4 of Skins (guilty pleasure British teen melodrama) for a quirky character named Pandora. She's awesome. Equally awesome is the illustrator who made this promo: Julia Potts.
I first saw Julia Potts' work hanging up in the White Elephant in Hamilton. I pointed it out to friend Vivian who instantly recognized her patterned bears. Vivian told me all about who she was, and I bought a print. Then much later, Vivian saw this promo and had to send it to me.
I got the message during class and my teacher saw what I was watching and thought it was way cool. He told me I could do something like this for my green screen project and since then I've been itching to get started.
Another cool video stylistically is Us by Regina Spektor.

I love how this video is kind of stop motion, really fantastical, and though it must have taken hours appears to be so bricolage.
This is my first time dabbling into video but it is one of the coolest mediums to work with. You can do so much with so few elements. When you make something, you really feel a sense of accomplishment. I would like to play around more with it. Once I get a better computer I don't think I'll stop playing with After Effects. Until then I'll live in music videos, and promo reels.
If I like my final project enough, maybe I'll share it with you.


  1. Hello!
    My name is Ashley, I'm the girl behind the blog A Hasty Life. I just started the well-known 30 for 30 fashion challenge. I chose 30 articles of clothing to wear for 30 days (including shoes!) I would love for you to bop on over to my blog and check it out!

    <3 Ashley

  2. sweet! "us" is one of my favorite songs of all times and i'd never seen the video before. crazy! DEFINITELY post your project! i'd love to see it

  3. I can't wait to see your project! I'm glad you're so inspired! I just stumbled across your blog! I'm glad I did :)

  4. Love the first video! So cool!