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In Topic: Some boards for a personal project

23 September 2014 - 10:46 PM

It might be a worthwhile challenge to try to make something compelling without voiceover! Y'know, constrain it to a minute, or whatever, and convey whatever it is that you think is interesting, but do it in a purely visual way.

In Topic: Projecting extruded text on to a round object (C4D)

23 September 2014 - 10:18 PM

Aww man, thank you for that file. It doesn't seem to have come across right though, cuz it's just an extrusion where the face is separated from the sides, and it's not deformed to the surface of the sphere. Maybe my setup is deficient.


Surprisingly, projecting a spline onto the sphere and THEN extruding it works at first glance, but you get a whole mess of geometry from the extrusion that has little kinks and stuff. I guess it makes "bad geometry".

In Topic: Some boards for a personal project

19 September 2014 - 07:25 PM

Yeah, I gathered as much, and that's where these kinds of questions may help you make something really satisfying. That's really all a good question is for, anyway, to help you get at answers you weren't thinking about.


If you really want to practice "motion graphics", then you have to assume you're making this for an audience other than yourself, because you need to be communicating something (otherwise it falls into the greater and more nebulous category of "art"). And if that's true, and the point is to communicate something, then you want it to be something enlightening, and compelling, or your audience isn't going to care. Because the medium is imagery and text in motion, that's what you're working with to make something compelling, so you have to figure out how to get it done with just imagery, text, motion. Knowing that, and asking these questions about what you're accomplishing with that imagery, text, and motion, kind of helps focus your thinking so that you hopefully head toward something interesting for your audience, as opposed to just "messing around".

In Topic: Some boards for a personal project

19 September 2014 - 01:01 AM

So what you have so far implies a video piece presenting some inspirational quotes in homage to the people being quoted. Something that might help clarify your thinking about what you want/need it to do is to ask why you think this needs to be video instead of print. What's going to happen in this thing that couldn't happen in print, which makes watching it more valuable than seeing it on a page. Is there a visual narrative? And is the imagery compelling enough to complement, support, or enhance the experience of reading/understanding the text? 


This question challenges both the concept and the execution. You might find yourself answering it by evolving the concept, or by executing the existing concept in some way that makes the text more meaningful. Maybe it's in the animation of the elements, or the juxtaposition of images and text.

In Topic: Some boards for a personal project

17 September 2014 - 09:29 PM

What you have implies that you're basically designing a see-n-say. So, are you going to have this narrated? Or, as aromakat is guessing, is it text that's meant to be read? Basically, the issue is: what's the point of the sequence, and what are you communicating? So the question becomes more about what's necessary in each frame. Do we need to read the text to get it? Do we need the images to get it? What is each providing, how do they complement each other, and is there a reason for them to be in motion, or is this really an animated print piece?