December 14, 2011

Final Video


For my finalized cut of the video, I essentially wanted to get my credits sequence and longboarding sequences finally put together and with underlying audio. With a massive amount of editing, rendering, then re-editing, I achieved my goal.

Though I have attached an updated storyboard for the project, I want to discuss creative concepts and reasoning behind them shortly.

My orgininal idea for the video was similar to this one (titled “All Along the Clocktower”), but with the footage I had, I liked the idea of using more than just one song for the whole video. At the beginning of the video I just wanted to create a sense of setting by using a panoramic shot and including lots of clips from scenes around campus.

The next phase of the video was intended to not only change the song, but the entire mood of the video. I wanted to start focusing less on WSU setting and more on Brian longboarding. To accomplish this, I made a sequence (timed for effect) All Along the Watchtower to get some powerful audio with the montage of clocktower images.

After the montage I wanted to show Brian’s skills, so I used varying speeds to jump between key frames faster, hoping to keep the audience engaged and cut down on time (and file size). To transition out of this sequence into the next song and longboarding feel, I wanted to use a loud screech of a sliding longboard. I thought it would be good for  helping  fade Jimi Hendrix out and “Jet” in. Also, its kind of just a cool sound.

After the initial night sequence, I wanted to take a kind of hybrid approach: show some smooth turns and shots of Brian longboarding with some more scenic and creative shots and angles. This sequence was the most rewarding of all because it turned out almost exactly like I wanted it to.  I loved getting the high-angle footage of the Brian longboarding the parking garage tunnel, so using that to make the audio from Brian exiting the tunnel to match the song was an easy choice.

For the last sequence, I wanted to make the “Freedom” follow behind brian as he rode, and have some cool graphics as the video finished up and gave thanks.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the quality of my video. If I could do the project again, I would shoot all my footage with one camera rather than have to switch between digital and analog. Switching between the two was difficult to manage, but I guess I made due. Lastly, my video is still fairly long for a YouTube video, so I would probably find some more material to trim out.

October 8, 2011

Final Logo Design

This is my final draft of my logo design. For this design, I decided to incorporate the “fusion” theme I had in my collage. My peers told me that my collage looked like an advertisement, so I used this project to design a logo for the hypothetical company the collage could have been for.

About a week ago, I posted this draft of the logo (50% scaled):

I didn’t accomplish exactly what I wanted to do with my final logo design, but I got pretty close. Making the an overlapping effeended up being too complex of a task for me to accomplish. Due to this, I decided to slightly refine the colors, shading, and effects on my logo. First, I made the blue darker and added a white stroke to the outside of the circle. Then, I put a drop shadow behind the logo making the white stroke visible. Last, if I could not make the tails overlap, I wanted to have some illusion of a 3D image. To accomplish that, I used gradients to go from white to light blue and from light blue to darker blue. If I had more time (and experience) this logo would definitely look more three dimensional. However, I’m pretty satisfied with my design overall.

Originally, I tried making a tube of water, but that was difficult and I couldn’t see where it would have gone. I liked the idea of having both snow and water represented and a tube of water wasn’t going to do that. That is when I started thinking about the Yin and Yang symbol. I thought I could use this classic design to depict snow and water, each being a different color. I envisioned  changing the color scheme and replacing the dots with a snowflake and rain drop shapes.

I ran into trouble creating the outline for my shape, I didn’t want to free hand draw the two shapes. It took me awhile to figure out,but eventually I figured out how to make basic design. The line drawn through a Yin and Yang circle follows the outline of a shape kind of like this:

I made a shape like this using a 500 x 500 pixel circles, but with one blue and one white with stroke (for visibility only). I cut them in half , then merged both shapes together and placed appropriately colored 250 x 250 circles inside the new 500 x 500 circle. After that, I merged each of the 250 x 250 circles with the color corresponding half of the 500 x 500 circle.

Making the snowflake and rain drop were pretty simple. For the snowflake I used the rectangle tool to make a long skinny rectangle then made copies, resized them, and adjusting their angles. The rain drop was a little harder: I made a circle, deleted the bottom anchor and converted the top anchor to a point.

September 25, 2011

Illustrator Tutorials

I recently starting working with the Adobe software Illustrator. Using tutorials to learn the software, I created the designs in the gallery below. I’ve also posted the files below the gallery


September 16, 2011

Final Collage: Venture Out / Ride Free

For this design, I wanted create variations on different board sports; skim boarding over snow and snowboarding the surf. My original vision for the collage was to blend 3-4 separate pictures together in a collage with and ad some effects. As I’ve gone through the process, my vision changed.

My first draft of the collage was much barer than I intended, I thought it lacked the creativity that my vision called for. After re-evaluating my collage and reading feedback from my group members I regained the creative inspiration to make the collage look how I wanted. The main things I took from the feedback of my group members was to make it less bare and reword my text. With my revised vision in mind, the changes came fast and relative easy. I added some life to the collage by taking out the lower quality picture and replacing it with a different skim boarder. I thought this added a more realistic touch to the design.

In my first draft, I scrapped the idea of having two different crossover board sports. Another way I added life was re-incorporating my original idea, which meant adding a completely new image to the mix. My muse in this case was an article on Gizmodo about photographer Clark Little and his method for photographing waves. After reading the Gizmodo article and looking through Clark Little’s online photo gallery, I pictured myself riding a snowboard through the tube of a massive and bright aqua-blue wave. For my collage, I thought I would depict this vision by showing a snowboarder emerging from the tube of a wave like I imagined. After blending the snowboarder into the picture of the wave, I thought addition sufficiently solved the problem of bareness in my collage. With this stage complete, the most basic design elements of my collage were complete.

I thought the text “New SKURF” was weak and did not make the same statement the image was making. Along with different words, I decided to use color and text size to enhance the copy. I used the phrase “Venture Out / Of The Ordinary” to convey the bold, risk taking connotation of the image, juxtaposing the blue sky with “Venture Out” in red letters. In turn, “of the ordinary” was blue so that it would not stand out. I also adjusted the space between letters, line breaks, and text size to make the text look how I wanted.

For the bottom half of the collage, the copy design was challenging. I used the stroke effect to outline the words “Ride Free”  in white, then took the fill down to 0%. I enlarged the text and adjusted the space between letters and line breaks. Lastly, I used a layer mask to remove lines where the boarder was emerging. After adding a white border to both pictures, my design was complete.

Here is a gallery of my design process:

Finally, here are the Image Sources I used to create this collage

September 5, 2011


Here are some pictures I have edited using photoshop tutorials