Monday, March 15, 2010

Germany

This past fall I worked in Bonn as a teaching assistant for LMU's film program abroad.  I mostly kept track of equipment and assisted professors with lessons, but I also had a chance to do some After Effects work on two student documentaries.

The Girl and the Golden Bear, directed by Ella Weger, was about Hans Riegel Jr., owner of the Haribo candy company.  She wanted it to have a whimsical Willy Wonka feel to it and asked me to create an animated intro sequence.



I also created this title card for it.  For both of these videos there were literally hundreds of layers.



I did these titles for Spieleplatz Stadt, Sam Shimizu-Jones' documentary about a parkour/freerunning group in Cologne.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Layout Update

After making that last graphic for my other blog I decided this one was looking pretty hideous, so I created a new header and profile image, got rid of the header border, and changed the background color to match.  Looks much cleaner, I think.  Last year I set out to make a website and created all sorts of buttons and graphics in that style, but just got way too bogged down in the html and css.  Even with Dreamweaver I had no clue what I was doing.  Next time I think I'll just do all the graphics and hand it off to an actual web designer.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Knowledge and Beauty

I recently started up another blog I'm calling Knowledge and Beauty, where I aim to post art, design, and videos I find on the internet that strike me as particularly cool. A few days ago I blogged about the DVD art for Berlin Alexanderplatz by Eric Skillman. Finding it particularly striking, I decided to design a header for the blog in the same style. I started in pencil, went over it with sharpie, photographed it (my old point and shoot is officially dead so I used my iMac's camera, rough but okay for my purposes), and then used the pen tool in photoshop to trace the shapes and fill in the color, adding a slight texture and watercolor filter. I think I'll try this periodically when I come across text I really enjoy.