Tag Archives: Motion Graphics

Kinetic type music video

I just completed my final for my Motion Graphics class.  Our assignment was to create an animated text video to either a song or speech.  Although we only had to create a video 30-60 seconds long, I wanted to animate an entire song.  I chose “Ce Soir On Danse” (Tonight We Dance) by Chromeo.  The piece is about 1:30 long, and it took me about 15 hours to complete. This piece was even more challenging because it is in French, and I had to animate the words exactly when they are spoken.   I was going for a very 80s aesthete to compliment the song.  Please let me know what you think!

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Animated logos

My motion graphics class is diving into After Effects. Our latest assignment is to create animated versions of our logos. (We have been developing logos for our personal brands in the Capstone class). With the proliferation of mobile devices, animated versions of logos will gain traction. As designers and advertisers, we are no longer bound by the analog restraints of paper. Something as static as a printed logo is transformed into interactive art.

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Flash as art?

One of the big reasons that I started the Graphic Design program at CMC was to expand my skill-set.  I have a journalism/communication background, but I wanted to add graphic and video skills.  It seems that every journalist who counts isn’t just limited to one medium.  So why not master all?

I am currently taking a Motion Graphics class, per my course requirements.  Not only does this count towards my A.A.S. in Graphic Design, but it also is the last class I need to obtain a certificate in web design.  We are learning about Flash, Adobe After Effects, and general animation.  Even though Flash seems to be on its way out, I think there will always be a niche market for it.  It is also a very useful tool for creating app layouts.

My first assignment was to create the illusion of depth and motion with animated lines.  The sequence is supposed to reflect tranquility, then escalation and explosion, back to tranquility.  I attempted this by using color, size, contrast, and motion. We also had to work within a 728×90 pixel square (the size of a Google landscape Flash ad). What do you think about Flash?

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