“The Great Australian Bake-Off” Opening Titles

While working as an intern with ZSPACE in 2012, I had a hand in the creation of the opening titles for a new show on Channel 9 in Australia, titled “The Great Australian Bake-Off.”

My roles included first editing a pre-animatic so the Creative Director could piece together the timings of the 3D animations before we actually went out and shot the footage. Once it was time to shoot, I traveled with the crew to the outskirts of Sydney (almost near the Outback!) to witness some true Aussie living, and capture some of the iconic Aussie footage that the 3D artists would then turn into food.

It was an amazing learning experience, seeing how the process of adding animations to raw footage. There was much back and forth involved with arranging the soundtrack so the animations were timed correctly and didn’t appear disjointed. It was interesting to note the differences the director and 3D artists noted, both criticisms leading to a perfect and fun polished clip.

The final product is below:

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AfterEffects: Title Animations

After playing around with 3D images, I decided to move on to text animations using tutorials from Video Copilot.

The first two were basic – one with a flash, and the other using 3D space to create the sense of a room.

The following three title animations had the foundation of a tutorial from Video Copilot, but I took them all a step further and played with different provided effects. The first one is the original. The second took on a more Christmas vibe. And the third, my personal favorite, is using more of a glow effect.

The final title/text animation I created is one that I’ve started to place at the beginning of each new video I upload. I used the 3D camera much more intuitively with this one, again using help from Video Copilot.

3D Images in AfterEffects

During my internship with ZSPACE in Australia, I was introduced to AfterEffects and took it upon myself to teach myself its inner workings. I began with transforming basic 2D images into 3D images.

My first attempt was this lovely iceberg image. Not only did I make the iceberg 3D (even though you can totally tell it’s fake), I added moving water to the composition as well. Hooray experiments.

My second attempt had the goal of being simple and clean. This 3D image of flying birds, I believe, turned out very nicely and allowed me to be more precise in the creation and animation of this still.

Applying Andy Warhol to the Greatest Singer You’ve Never Heard Of

Her name is Sky Ferreira.

You’ve probably never heard of her. And that’s a shame.

Back in 2010 she released a single,”One,” a catchy electro-pop tune that sent praise her way more often than not. Once again, the song wouldn’t leave my head for days and I had the best idea for a video. What about a trippy color burst of…COLOR? I love Andy Warhol’s work, and wondered if I could recreate some of the awesome color arrangements he put into his artwork. I applied color gradients to everything I could, trying to master Warhol’s use of color.

I also attempted another camera trick with this video…annnnnd it didn’t work out so well. I knew that if you recorded a song faster and then slowed the footage to a slower speed, the mouth would look as if it was going in slow motion at the right time. Kinda worked…kinda didn’t. Up for you to critque! I’m proud of all the experimenting I did here, though. Allowed me to explore a lot more creative effects than I would otherwise normally use.

Get trippy…starting now.

Video: Sky Ferreira – “One” (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: March 11, 2011

Note: The video is blocked in Germany, Canada, Japan, Saint Pierre and Miquelon. My apologies. Not that I have anyone from those places reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

Ke$ha Pukes ‘Blah Blah Blah’

2010 was the year of Ke$ha. The crazy/drunk/crunk/high/glitter-obsessed pop singer emerged with her hit single “Tik Tok,” prompted the world to instantly fall in love with the eternal party girl.

I kinda did too. Oops.

I didn’t know how to make a music video for her next single, “Blah Blah Blah,” because, let’s face it, Chris Roys dancing alone in his room to a skanky song just doesn’t sound very artsy. Or appealing. I’ll stick to what I know.

So I made a fun lyric video. It allowed me to play with the effects I’m not used to playing with.

Dance away.

Video: Ke$ha – Blah Blah Blah (ft. 3OH!3) (Lyric Video)

Date Uploaded: February 17, 2010

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.

A Blip of Advocacy: ‘Primeval’

This is absolutely the number one silliest thing I’ve ever done on my YouTube channel.

Primeval, a show that used to run on ITV1 in the UK, was one of my favorite shows until it was recently cancelled-but-never-officially-cancelled earlier this year (or last year…can’t remember, oops). Running for five seasons so far, it was basically about dinosaurs appearing in present time and starred an ex-S Club 7 member. Obviously that’s why I watched it.

ANYWAYS. After the third season finale, the show was abruptly cancelled for financial reasons. It was eventually brought back to life for two more seasons, but before that, I was quite the upset lil dude. They ended the show on the hugest cliffhanger ever!

So I took the show’s opening title from the third season and uploaded it to YouTube as a way to advocate for the show.

I know, I know, I’m such a martyr. A rebel.

(Hey, it did get renewed for two more seasons. Kudos to me?)

Video: Primeval – Series 3 Opening Theme / Intro

Date Uploaded: June 7, 2009

Animating Punctuation: “Life In Technicolor” by Coldplay

When Coldplay’s acclaimed album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends arrived in June of 2008, I just couldn’t shake the opening track “Life In Technicolor” from my head. What did I do?

You know the answer. Music video time. The first music video for my YouTube channel, actually.

I didn’t have many options for how to film a great music video for a song like this…so the idea for a colossal burst of color came to mind. And then it hit me. Colorful shapes! Okay, I’m making my idea sound so much more grand than it actually is (because in all honesty, looking back, it’s not that great whatsoever), but at the time, with my limited resources, I was quite excited for the possibilities.

So I can proudly say that I used many different fonts of periods and commas to be the shapes. And just played with the keyframes. That’s right, I animated freakin’ punctuation. If that’s not life in technicolor, what is?

Well, maybe the aurora borealis. I digress.

Video: Coldplay – Life In Technicolor (Music Video)

Date Uploaded: April 12, 2009

Note: The video is blocked in Germany. My apologies fellow Germans. Not that I have anyone from Germany reading my website…at all. Just throwing it out there.