[WEEK TEN] Farewell…BUT Not Goodbye~

Hey there!

Welcome to my last blog post of the semester…Damn time flew so quickly, this is ALREADY my last post?! :O

This class was really enjoyable and fun, through my different projects, I think I really like to work with straight and edgy styles, maybe cuz I’m not that great at sketching images? I’m probably going to continue developing my straight line edgy style since it’s a style I’m comfortable working with and I’m kinda confident about it too. It’s easy to work with and seem more clean and sleek.

Some themes and ideas that I’d like to explore further are: our identities fakeprofilesin social media, effective graphic motion storytelling in short teasers and also typography for sure. They’re the topics that interested me the most this semester and I’d like to dig deeper and learn more about them to aid in future projects and personal work. Like our identities in social media, it’s transmedia storytelling and it’s actually a very complicated subject to approach. We learnt about it in other courses this semester as well but there’s still so much more to know. At the same time, it connects to my personal life online very much as well, so it’s very relatable.

Anyways, overall, this course has changed me by creating further insight into design principles that I don’t really focus on but encounter all the typography-influences-peopletime. Like typography, motion graphics, now I put them on my priority list when I work on different projects, no matter for school, work or personal stuff. “Irrelevant” things that I use to overlook were brought to focus this semester through different lectures and labs, they were very helpful. My creative ability was more developed as well, as profs and my fellow classmates were very open to different ideas and appreciate them whereas in high school, only the art students have more “relevant” ideas and not all ideas are accepted.

My confidence with the Adobe series is higher now, and I’m getting better with After Effects! afterEffectsCCThat was my goal this semester when looking back, and I think through the tutorials during our labs, I’ve definitely improved, along with a lot of self-exploration of the softwares as well.

I think the most important thing that I’m taking away from this course is thinking more thoroughly about design principles, brainstorming possible ideas, I guess…the overall thought process for creative work. Through this class, I got a better understanding of the process and now, I have a “blueprint” to follow up to whenever I design anything. This class has made me become more aware of the elements that I need to take note and understand when I design or do any creative critiquing.

I think that’s about it for this final post!

It was a wonderful first semester into RTA and I had a great time in 103~

All the best to everyone in everything we do in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers.

-Mich

Nov 20. 2015

**Disclaimer**

I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.

Links:

http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/fake-social-media-accounts-incite-police-investigations/148176

http://danielswanick.com/4-ways-typography-can-boost-your-branding/

http://robertoblake.com/blog/2013/07/after-effects-cc-mp4-codec-fix/

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[WEEK 9] AE Motion Graphics Final – Looking For Alaska….NINJA TAKEOVER!!

Hey there! Welcome back to my blog~ ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I’m going to talk about my final motion graphics assignment that’s created71pmd9rdkql-_sl1500_ in After Effects! It’s a 10 second teaser for a book that I really like: Looking For Alaska. It’s getting a movie adaption next year but technically it’s not “created as a movie” yet, soooooo…I’m usingย  this book for my motion graphics.

A small overview of this book and its story:

So the story basically follows main character Miles “Pudge” on his new life journey in a boarding school called “Culver Creek”. He goes by the life motto of “I go to seek the great perhaps” as he meets new, unexpected people and events. In particular a peculiar girl “Alaska Young” caught his attention the most and had a huge influence on him during his time at Culver Creek. 2 things that Alaska talked about the most before her tragic incident (sorry if I spoiled) are white daisies and the way out of the “labyrinth” (of life). But overall it’s a touching coming-of-age story following Miles dealing with a YOLO teenage life and coping with loss.

Naruto-characters-naruto-15115348-500-375So in my 10 second teaser, I took this story and took a ninja inspired approach, since the ideas of the “labyrinth”, “seeking the great perhaps” really reminded me of mysterious and cool ideas of ninja pop culture, very inspired by NARUTO. I just imagespersonally thought that “Looking For Alaska” could very much be like a coming-of-age ninja adventure like Naruto. Just to clarify though, I’m not doing a cross over of “Looking For Alaska” and “Naruto”, my audience doesn’t need to have any context of either of them to get any references. I just wanted to take a ninja themed approach to “LfA” since the story styles/themes of “LfA” and “Naruto” are very similar, I was just simply inspired by “Naruto”. Discovering and learning about life while encountering deep/mysterious concepts of life yet having the story be fun at the same time.

Since the original concept is kinda dull to work with, I’d like to say that my ninja themed take-on is a “fan spinoff” from the original, like how stories have “fanfiction”. (Like how Sherlock is set around early 1900s and is remade into a modern day series etc)

I made sure to include the significant symbols from the book like the white daisies and labyrinth in my teaser. I also added in some ninja elements like the Japanese traditional doors, “poof” effects like ninja “teleportation” and the ninja throw knife.

mhanitijo_1mhanitijo_2mhanitijo_3I incorporated some effects of speed, teleportation and flight in the motion transition20151111_152016-1s of my graphics so far. Here’s some of my rough storyboards on the side…

I hope by the end of my project, I’ll be able to incorporate all the ideas I want to use in it smoothly and effectively in 10 seconds. Like adding some cool camera layers and experimenting.

For the beginning, doors will appear and slide out revealing a path to the “labyrinth”. The camera movement will then go forth and slowly pan down while going backwards to reveal the whole labyrinth from a top view like in the first thumbnail.

And then the camera will then dash forwards into the middle of the labyrinth and all will fade to black. The middle of the daisy will pop up and the petals will spin out one by one from behind to form a full single white daisy as seen in thumbnail 2.

Finally, doors will slide back together while the petals “fly” away and some will reassemble themselves to form the title “Looking For Alaska”. Then everything other than “ALASKA” will fade to black. “ALASKA” will remain and float upwards and then disappear in a puff of smoke. A ninja blade will fly out while a release date fades in.

I’m going to explore the different effects within AE as well to help improve what I have!

And yeah, that’s all for this week, I look forward to what I’ll have as a finished product and thanks for tuning back again!

See you next time~^^

-Mich

Nov 13. 2015

**Disclaimer**

I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.

Links:

http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/naruto/images/15115348/title/naruto-characters-wallpaper

http://wallpapercave.com/naruto-wallpapers-hd

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-For-Alaska-John-Green-ebook/dp/B0084WTGII

[WEEK 8] STORYTELLING & TRANSMEDIAAAAA!!

Hey there, welcome to my blog!^^

This week we’re going to talk about storytelling and transmedia, and this blog post itself is also a story that I’ll be telling you while I reference my lecture this week~12184285_897875780298180_1212602946919476907_o

So since stories are around us all the time, I’m going to tell you one that I’ve encountered this week and it’s a story that I encountered on Twitter, a controversial discussion of a popular artist that I really like, her name is IU. My tlist literally blew up about this discussion and there are disappointed fans, protective fans, betrayed fans, and also confused fans like me. IU has always known as having a very cute/innocent image and sweet voice, and always makes very adorable/mellow/lovable songs.

Recently, she came back with a new album and she experimented with song/lyric-making a lot this time. However, through her experimentation, many of my 12184274_895700753849016_5570502464937295892_ofriends and netizens found that many of her lyrics of songs from her new album are very suggestive in a very uncomfortable way, as they possibly connect to ‘Lolita‘ themes. Many are very taken back by her alleged ‘Lolita‘ approach and are simply just terrified that an idol they loved so much has done something so “sickening” and “distasteful”.

We haven’t heard from IU’s side about these comments yet but yeah, this was a story that was in the back of my mind this week. I seriously imagine this story being made into a podcast episode since it stirred up so many people’s minds. It’s very controversial at the moment so if it’s made into a podcast, we’ll probably have a lot to talk about, from different perspectives and standpoints, maybe even some further analysis of her songs and images that she’s portraying from her album art/photobook. Maybe there can even be a parody performance from a comedian.

Anyways, I personally appreciate transmedia storytelling very much. It’s a very engaging, entertaining and fun way to extend a story and let the audience continue a “fan experience” in different ways. I wish I can be more engaged in those live “scavenger hunt” like games like what we saw in lecture like the “pre-Dark Knight” city experience and “I love bees”.

So far, some experiences that I have with transmedia would be games (Pokemon, Barbie, Tomagochi – while I was growing up though), apps (for Youtubers like Superwoman, EatYourKimchi; Dumb Ways to Die; Fan apps for music artists I like), podcasts, YouTube video parodies, fan-made sequels, exhibitions. 531668_587763327902838_2012978558_nThe most memorable one that I’ve experienced is the Harry Potter Exhibition that I went to in NYC while I was there for vacation. As a Potterhead I was just so in love with things that extended my experience from the movies and books that I loved while growing up. Also, going to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London England for “The Making of Harry Potter” is still on my bucket list beasts-ew-1389-cover_459x612soooooooo that better happen soon in the future…..>.> I HOPE.

AND AND AND. THE HARRY POTTER SEQUEL(PREQUEL ACTUALLY) IS IN THE MAKING AND COMING OUT NEXT YEAR I’M SO- I- JUST- *sinks in feels*

But yeah, that’s all for this week, thank you for tuning back in, and I’ll see you again next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Mich

Nov 5. 2015

**Disclaimer**

I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.

Links/To read more:

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2015/11/netizen-points-out-possible-lolita-themes-in-ius-new-album

http://www.allkpop.com/article/2015/11/my-sweet-orange-tree-also-has-a-problem-with-ius-interpretation-of-zeze

http://www.ew.com/gallery/fantastic-beasts-where-to-find-them-jk-rowling-gallery/2366628_clone-all-crops-ew-cover-1389-fantastic-beasts-and-where-find-them-2015-eddie-redmayne