I decided to go for the motion module for the final Professional Contexts module because it was the part I most enjoyed of the first two years.
I felt I had created some successful videos for ProCon 1 and 2 and so I wanted to improve my motion skills and produce better work for ProCon 3. We were allowed pretty much total creative freedom in terms of video content and how it would be produced such as, stop-motion, vector graphics or mainly Illustrative.
The first part we had to create shorts with only a 1 second time frame which we could stretch out a little with the title and credit screens. It was initially difficult to fit a whole video into a second but after seeing the ‘Full Secs’ (whom the project was for/inspired by) sizzle reel it was easy to see what could be done. I chose to take famous film titles and create videos taking them literally, ‘Iron Man’ = a man ironing etc. I really like my finished pieces and think I produced some humorous results. Creating snappy videos to get its point across in only one second is a great way to learn how much you actually need in a video to carry a narrative.
Then we had to create three stings for ‘BarShorts’. We again had total creative freedom except this time they had to be five seconds long, feature the BarShorts logo and carry a narrative over the three shorts and be able to stand alone as individual videos.
It was nice to have five seconds instead of one to play with but it was initially difficult thinking of ideas for a story. I eventually whent with a narrative about a meteor that splits into three before it hits earth which subsequently causes three events around the world. I overall like my final stings though after experimenting with water-colour I ended up keeping the videos as plain black and white illustrations but would have liked to try other methods of adding colour. It was also somehow more difficult to edit since we had a longer time frame, which made it harder to choose what goes into each scene. Whereas with the one second shorts I used existing films as inspiration made it easier to get the point across.
If I were to do this project again I would try and use Adobe After-effects more to improve some of my skills with the software and get a better finish to my videos. I would also like to experiment more with editing and sounds to get the right look and tone with my videos…
- Created a Vimeo Profile: http://vimeo.com/lukedoherty
- Created a Behance Online Portfolio: https://www.behance.net/LukeDoherty
- Continued work on ProCon 3 motion work. Including editing sound and creating a new one second short (Super Eight)
- Entered the 2014 Penguin Design Award (Adult Prize)
- Entered the University of Salford Christmas card/Gif Competition
- Attended M.C. Employability day at Media City
- Attended Freelancing talk by Andy Golpys
- Attended the photograph editing and retouching workshop by Andy Golpys
- Attended an induction to the Laser Cutter
- Attended Creative Spark talk / Clicknow4jobs introduction and competition briefing
- Went on a tour of the Stockport Plaza Cinema as primary research for NMP project
- Learnt how to create glowing neon effects in photoshop for my NMP project
- Illustrator David Bailey gave me some advice for my NMP project
To Do Next:
- Update my C.V
- Re-design and print new business cards
- Create printed portfolio
- Add new NMP work to Behance Portfolio
- Continue work on NMP
- Experiment with marbling for NMP