Friday, April 29, 2016

Project 6 Writeup

For this film, I collaborated with Amanda on creating a film that depicts two students stressed out from their schoolwork, whose doodles come to life. The doodles, or "goombies," explore the world inside the school through playing with childlike wonder. We felt that the black-and-white animation of the goombies on top of live-action scenes best fit the film's message because it shows the contrast between the cold reality of stressful schoolwork in the real world compared to the goombies' animated forms.

Project 4 Writeup

This film was intended to show the birth of a star and death of it by supernova. I feel that sand best simulates stardust and nebulas seen in space when the entire output film is inverted in After Effects. I added a spacey soundtrack to further immerse the viewer into outer space, as if they're actually watching a time-lapse of the star's life cycle from afar.

Project 3 Writeup

This project was a tale about sailors who were lost at sea and end up in a whirlpool that takes them to the bottom of the sea. Their fate is sealed within Davy Jones' locker, which is intended to be a sailor's metaphor for death. I used cake frosting to simulate foamy seawater best, while still being clean enough to get the paper cutout assets from becoming too muddy and unrecognizable. I also added sound effects to further what I wanted to convey in the film.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Project 2 Writeup

This project told the tale of a sasquatch who grew too tall and ends up meeting the legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan. The sasquatch fears that the lumberjack will crush him, but is relieved when all he does is give him a friendly pat on the head. I felt like I was still able to comfortably animate with the puppets as if I was working digitally. I would have liked to build up to the scene with the sasquatch gradually getting taller, but time constraints were getting thin. Overall, the message intended to be said with this piece was "Tall tales are just tall tales."

Project 1 Writeup

This project was intended to have dialogue from many public domain clips say the phrase "The way you think is not how we think." However, this proved to be an overambitious task in that it was extremely time-consuming for a small output. I would've liked the chance to develop this project further over the semester, but other projects were a more pressing matter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Career Services Review: Career Fair


  • Resume
  • Images
  • Portfolio
  • Web Link
  • Provide business cards or goodies
  • Have at least 10 resumes
  • Ask for ways to contact
  • Make appointments and follow up
  • Be mindful of evaluations
  • Be aware of impression management
Overall, I felt this career services prep did well in gearing me up for the Career Fair. I had already known about bringing a resume and portfolio, but I wasn't as aware of the other tips and tricks to help ensure that I could connect with potential employers. If I hadn't gone, I would have been much less prepared for the Career Fair and I probably would not have come off as professional as I had been.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Ji Lee

Ji Lee's lecture was informative and consoling in the fact that he transformed his personal projects into a career that he can live comfortably on. He saw the word as an image, creating things like a "visual alphabet" of letters spun on their vertical axis, and constructed sentences and landscapes out of them. Lee saw that the main differences between design and advertising were that design was more aesthetical, serious, and small, compared to advertising, which allowed him to be conceptual, fun, and big. His student projects ended up leading him to his dream job in the advertising industry, which he ended up unsatisfied with, and started the bubble project as a result, pasting them over advertisements and propaganda all over New York City.

His main points, however, were that publishers love personal projects and that ideas are nothing, but doing is everything. I think this artist was an excellent choice for the school, considering how many people put their personal thoughts and emotions into their work, even going as far as creating entirely separate personal projects and integrating those into schoolwork. If you only put a portion of yourself into work that you barely connect with, it'd be impossible for it to be anywhere as powerful as personal projects you put your whole soul into. And if publishers or hiring companies or whoever see that and want to hire you because of it, it makes a world of difference than just enlisting into a half-hearted project just because "you have to."