Tuesday, 29 November 2011

animation ideas & research

This video was very inspiring and influential in my work. I wanted to create a very bold, clean-cut and simple animation, as my style is sometimes very minimalistic but complex, and I liked way this student approached animation. He achieved this modern artistic simplicity using geometric forms, lines, and clean, bold colours, which is something I would like to incorporate into my work.

http://vimeo.com/21957452 website (http://www.rec88.com/) currently under construction.
I took a definitive interest in this particular animator/designer. Again, this animation consists conventions which I mentioned earlier - very clean-cut, simple, symmetrical. I also liked that this animation appears effortless and very easy to watch, however I can imagine the amount of work put into it.

http://vimeo.com/30633934 website (http://www.adngraphics.com/)
Another inspiring animation made in After Effects, by a motion designer based in Paris. Very similar again to my previous examples, however what I liked most about this animation, was the pace. It's a very short animation, however the shapes and motion move very fast and change rapidly. This fast-paced technique was s timulation for the mind and made this animation exciting to watch - and this is something I want to achieve with my work. My aim is for the audience to be entertained, and in my opinion, I can do this by making a bright, simple and fast-paced animation.

Simple shapes on a clean, single colour, plain background. In this animation, the object of interest (the lettering/text) really stand out and grab the attention of the audience, as they are against a plain background, and the images themselves are very bright. This is an inspirational short piece of moving image, which I want to reproduce in my own style and design process. I think the plain background is attention-grabbing, and would like to include this quality in my own animation.

Friday, 4 November 2011

filming & editing

Filming commenced today, it took a great deal of hard work and effort from everybody, and I definitely stressed out too much in my director role. I managed to finish a trailer for the short film today:

Shoe Done It - Trailer 2011 from Sabrina Elkin on Vimeo.

Filmed with Panasonic AG-HMC151, edited in Adobe Premier Pro CS5.5, music: Infra 3 - Max Richter. Sound effects: (http://soundbible.com/1855-Gun-Loud.html).

Written & Directed by Sabrina Elkin.
Camera & Co-Directing/Assisting: Batholomew Bazaz
Lighting/Directing Assistant: James Bedford
Sound/Production Assistant: Alex Dowie
Production: Wilson Chiu
Assistant/Runner: Jing Fan
Acting: Bethan Roberts
Assitant: Hannah Pickles

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a fundamental rule for all photographers and cinematographers alike. The rule is that an image should be divided into 9 equal parts, and the intersecting points should generate a point of interested for the audience. This technique is very commonly used in photographing and filming people, for example during an interview, the camera would not face the person straight on, the central placement is discourage as it divides the image into half; it would be slightly to the side, instead, for a more well composed image.

I think it's very important to follow this rule in terms on aesthetics. Obviously, many designers have their own style of photo placement, but to achieve a well composed and flowing image, the rule of thirds is a golden rule which aids the designer of all fields. Below, is an image of the grid which applies to the rule of thirds, and which can be placed over photographs and film, as well as moving image. If the object of interest is placed in the centre, it can often divide up the image and cause disarrangement, i.e. look out of proportion and uneven. Therefore, for the rule of thirds to work, the object  of interest should be placed within the outlined intersections of the lines.

rule of thirds in digital photography

1. All photos by myself  http://www.flickr.com/photos/35987019@N07/
2. http://enchantingkerala.org/digital-photography-school/rule-of-thirds.php

Friday, 14 October 2011

First draft of my animation on Adobe After Effects, uploaded to Vimeo. I've never used Ae before, and the sound didnt render into my video.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Quickly whipped this little flyer up for an upcoming hardcore show in Nottingham. It's very simplistic and clean cut. Gonna create a couple of alternate versions for this. Would love to use Tom Hardy as Bronson again as a background, but I think I'm going to take a whole different approach on this thing.

Software used; http://pixlr.com/editor/ (a poor photoshop alternative, with similar options, good for last resorts 2.5/5). Font used; Impact (bold/italic). Text effects; white fill, layer opacity 60%.

Font used; Universal Accreditation by TracerTong (italic). Pencil.

Same thing. Same font (http://www.dafont.com/universal-accreditation.font) designer; (http://tracertong.co.uk/ttf/). Michael Jordan (commercial series photographs; http://fineartamerica.com/images-simple-print/images-medium/michael-jordan-mike-wurman.jpg)

Yet another simplistic and modern design, this time over one of my own photographs (link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35987019@N07/3508308275/sizes/l/in/photostream/). The only problem I have found with using the 'Impact' font on italics, is the lettering is imperfect, with the last letter of each word appearing defective.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Terje Sorgjerd - a passionate landscape photographer (My Multimedia; reading & reflection).

Photography has always been an ongoing passion for myself, and I have recently developed an interest in landscape photography and video photography. One of my absolute favourite landscape photographers, and video photographers is Terje Sorgjerd, (a.k.a TSO Photography). Hailing from Norway, and specialising in this field since 2006, his name has been gaining momentum since he was recognized for his unique photos of the Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull, in 2010.

What really draws me to his work is his use of time lapse and video editing. Obviously the results that Sorgjerd achieves are largely influenced by the high quality equipment he uses, however one can see that his work is not entirely based on this factor, but a genuine eye and imagination for breathtaking imagery. For his time lapse piece featured below, he uses a Canon 5D Mark II camera, and sets us sequences starting from a couple of hours to an overnight sequence. The most interesting factor about his video pieces is how he uses time and speed in the time lapse work. In some pieces of footage, he really slows the transitions down, to encourage the viewer to engage more with his work, and also be able to observe the changes more. It is also interesting how he alternates the speed, sometimes speeding the time lapses right up, building tensions and exciting the viewer, as well as providing entertaining and beautiful imagery.

“A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April (bit.ly/​g3tsDW) and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.”