I had to create an intro to Samantha Brown’s show “World Traveler” on the Travel Channel for my Motion Graphics I class. Everything had to be constructed in a 3D environment in After Effects for this project. I googled some images of Samantha Brown and recreated a digital illustration of her that I could animate in After Effects using the Puppet Tool. I created a rotating globe in After Effects using the CC Sphere effect preset and have it rotating on another digital illustration of a Globe stand that I created. Using the Camera and Light layers I was able to create my 3D environment for the beginning part of my Intro. Then once the camera zooms in to the Title I transitioned it to another scene of a Sam Brown animation in Time Square trying to hail a cab, then the camera zooms in and pans out to show a map of the world and different landmark images that I photoshopped before showing the final Title text. I still need to work on my camera movements and photoshop work, but it came out looking pretty cool. I wanted to incorporate more 3D looking clouds instead of just the flat ones I used, but due to time constraints I didn’t get a chance to. We were allowed to choose our own music, so I used an instrumental from a producer that I worked with before.
My “Dude Where’s My Car” app design was selected as one of the mobile apps my class will be working on for our Final. The only thing is there is already a car locator app named DWMC, so my Professor suggested that I change the name before moving forward. Me and the team I’m leading decided on CarMA (pronounced Karma), short for Car Mobile Assistance. For the Visual Design aspect of our Team project we all had to design an icon and 2-3 app screens to get a sense of look and feel for the app. I pretty much had to trash my midterm project and start from scratch. This is my new logo design concept and app screen layout. My team, the Mobile Moguls agreed we’d use a flat design pattern and colors.
GD 71 | Project 3 | Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival Commercial
This is the midterm project I had to do for my Motion Graphics I class. We had to create a 30 second commercial for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival. The commercial had to be eye-catching and contain all the necessary info my Instructor wanted us to include at the end. We also had the freedom to choose our own music to use in the commercial, but it had to be appropriate for the theme of the ad. I went with Lupe’s “Around My Way” instrumental, because of the old CL Smooth & Pete Rock “T.R.O.Y.” reference, which I know is an even older Jazz loop or sample. The theme of my commercial for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival is a vector animation of a Jazz record cover moving around while the record came out of the sleeve jacket and began to play on the antique record player. For this project I tried to utilize more of the 3D effects, Light and Camera layers in Adobe After Effects CS5. The middle scene is silhouettes of Jazz musicians I made in Illustrator and then imported into After Effects to animate using the Puppet Tool. I found some grunge backgrounds and made a 3D environment as the backdrop for the silhouettes. Then I just used the blur effect and a few effects on the text for the photo gallery scene. Finally I ended it with the required info on top of an image of where the event will be taking place.
GD 75 | Mobile App Design | Mid-term Presentation - “Dude, Where’s My Car” (DWMC)
For my GD 75 class, we had to come up with our own app and put together a presentation for our mid-term. The presentation consisted of a Mobile App Definition Statement, 3 Fictitious Personas, 10 sketches, and finally a prototype version of the app. The app concept I came up with is called, “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, a mobile app that stores your car’s GPS location and let’s you know where you parked at in case you forget. I had to do some competitive analysis and research the pros & cons of other apps that are similar to my idea. I went for a more visually appealing look when designing my app in Adobe Illustrator. For my presentation I put together a quicktime movie that gives you a more in-depth look of how the DWMC app works.
In my Designing For Mobile Devices class we’re creating a prototype version of our own Mobile app idea. We had to create a Definition Statement, do competitive analysis, interview people regarding our mobile app concept, and then create 3 fictitious personas. My mobile app idea, is an app that helps store where you parked at, so when you forget you can be reminded quickly. I named it “Dude, Where’s My Car” after the Ashton Kucher flick. We had to create 10 screens showing what the app does. Everything was rendered in Adobe Illustrator.
My 2nd project in my Motion Graphics class consisted of us creating an opening sequence for a Food Network show. The Instructor provided us with 5 different .mp3 theme songs from shows like Cooking For Real, Diners Drive-ins and Dives, and Good Eats. We could use the same logos or create a newer one, but it had to be our own creative interpretation of the show’s opening sequence and not a copy of the show’s existing title credits. I chose Cooking For Real, because I liked the music the most out of all the .mp3’s available, I’ve never actually sat and watched the show. After doing some Googling to research the show I’m designing an opening sequence for, I was able to develop a concept for what I wanted to do. I figured using silhouette images would be fun and interesting to look at. All the images, from the 1st keyframe to the last were created in Adobe Illustrator and imported into Adobe After Effects, except for the Food Network Logo (.png file) and the 3D text for my class info which was done in After Effects. Improved on the movements of my images in the 2nd scene w/ the Puppet Tool, I was able to get the 3 chefs to twerk to the beat….lol!
For my first project in my Motion Graphics 1 class , I had to create a 30 sec quicktime movie clip utilizing an audio file provided by my Professor along with over 10 images moving in any direction in Adobe After Effects. I decided create a mini-cartoon using a character I made for a logo design in another class. I designed the character and 2D backgrounds, then incorporated some photos as well. I used the Puppet Tool in After Effects to create the walking motion you see in the cartoon character’s legs and arms. This was my 1st time designing something in Adobe After Effects, and I think it came out cool!