For the final assignment, we have to make a film based on our own idea. My idea was solely based on visual and feeling. No plot, characters or dialogue. More of the context can be read here. Video Editing – Week 7
The experience overall of shooting was very tough as we had to go thru multiple reshoots. The first shooting day, we used iPhone as the main camera as we thought it’s the only way to have slow motion shots. Once we checked at home, all footage are grainy and hard to apply vfx on it. Hence another reshoot was required but this time, the camera we use is DLSR with settings being tweaked to 720p and higher frame rate. This setting with After Effects plugin Twixtor gives a much better slomo footage we need.
Another thing we change alot is the storyboard and style of visual. Early on, the idea was to make my own animation as psychedelic texture. But as we go on, the visual isn’t “psychedelic enough”. So we try to find a better psychedelic texture(royalty-free footage) off YouTube in a medium of “liquid light”. These footage are much more abstract and colorful compared to being animated digitally.
My role in this is director working with 2 other members; Cheokyin and Zikri. Cheokyin work as cameraman and Zikri is the “actor” in all the shots. They also work on editing and working on heavy load of visual effects on Adobe After Effects. The post production also took a lot of time and planning as the time consuming part was the rotoscoping every movement of the character. This needs to be done as the footage being 720p being greenscreen keyed makes the footage noisy and grainy. We experimented with many special effects to get the psychedelic/ecstasy feeling we thought are best. Hence, these became much different to original storyboard shots. In the end, we thought the final work is very much similar to the context I’m going for.
Early version only has black bground and little expressive body movements
2nd version has more expressive body movements with psychedelic texture in the brgound added
ZIKRI HAZMI BIN MUHAMMAD DZULKIFLI – 0331797 – Actor/VFX artist
CHEW CHEOK YIN – 0323732 -Cameraman/VFX artist
AHMAD SAFWAN AZIZ – 0324648 – Director/VFX/Editor
Psychedelic Footages from
Ed’s Amazing Lightshow channel
Music credit to
Watching The Planets by The Flaming Lips
For the final sonic design assignment, we have to replace the sounds with our own. Every sound you hear is recorded and manipulated from scratch. Things we use to create sounds are slippers, bucket, coin, cups, cabinet and other home items. For the ambient background sound, we recorded near the university’s lake late at night at 3 in the morning. For the aesthetic of the sounds, I tried to make them realistic and gritty as I thought it would be interesting contrast to its cartoonish visuals. Juxtaposition as they say.
The Sleeping Beauty
The story we used is the classic Sleeping Beauty. The planning for the narration took way longer than it should’ve been as we have to speed up the narration for the story. We did have some fun in recording studio trying out variety of impressions. There isn’t alot of sound effects we can put into the video as the story is very slow. All the sounds we use are from music royalty-free site and freesounds.org.
Assignment 1 – Vehicle
Sketches and final rendering. Inspired by turbo jet engine and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Assignment 2 – Character Design
Inspired by the zodiac creature; Gemini. The goal was to make it scary and cute at the same time(as is on the sketchbook). But decidedly to go for semi-realistic approach as it fits nicely with the grotesque organic design. (Shout out to Mr Kannan for the sketch that I failed to realized it.)
Assignment 3 – Environment Design
Sketches in progression. The nicest one is Mr Kannan’s one, of course.
360 video of the environment. Music is Svefn-g-englar by Sigur Ros.
Presentation Slides For Peru Embassy Is Here
Presentation talks about the choice of colors, font choice and flowchart of the website.
Early Mock Ups
Some important features to be noted:
-Slider at the front feature 3 images that hyperlink to other content pages.
-On headlines page, added overflow:scroll box into Newsfeed so the page does not get increased in height through out long period. The headline can be pressed and link to its source page.
-Youtube videos added on Visit Peru page(these are feature in US embassy page)
-Automatic animated Slideshow of Peru images added.
-Google Map embedded into Contact Us page. Also marked with pin on Embassy location.
-Inquiry form added for visitors to input questions or feedback.
-Font chosen for <p> is ITC Franklin Gothic family. This isn’t available in everyone’s computers, hence might need to embed it domain server. If not possible, then likely change to Google Font.
For the 2nd assignment, we have to make a CV website about ourselves. The structure I chose is static vertical menu on the left and content on the right. Black noisy background to fit nicely with the white/grey font colors. This also gives more focus on the important images and portfolio works.
Homepage – Profile of the creator
“Drowning In The Feeling of Ecstasy”
The video concept is originally inspired by my previous graphic design works. As seen here, the idea was translating the psychedelic songs to how I interpret them visually. Psychedelic music is basically a genre that influenced by the use of psychedelic drugs as the most common one is LSD. Emerging from the 1960s, it has influenced some of the classic bands to make their magnum opus works. The Beatles made Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Clubs and The Beach Boys produced The Pet Sounds.
The sound of psychedelic in the early days were more pop-ish and accessible to the radio listeners but with the growth of technology and synthesizers, the genre has been more towards experimental sounds. Today’s psychedelic genre are still alive and well with music producers such as Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Danny Brown and Shabazz Palaces. While the sounds are vastly different from the early 60s to today, they all have one similarities in their sounds; to drown their listeners in the feeling of ecstasy.
According to freedictionary definition, it is an intense joy or delight. But by a psychological perspective, it also mean a loss of self-control which is often associated with religious mysticism, sexual intercourse and the use of certain drugs. This feeling of ecstasy is what I usually try to visualizes when I do my psychedelic graphic works. And would be much interesting if could visualised it more through a moving picture.
My visual interpretation of psychedelic sound