Good Morning, and In Case I Don’t See You, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, and Good Night

Whew, that’s a long title.

Can you tell that I recently watched the Truman show. Gawd, I swear Jim Carrey is just a brilliant actor. It’s legendary that movie, like Big Fish, Forrest Gump,  Philidelphia, or Shawshank Redemption. Just amazing.

Anyways, this is the last of the blog posts I’m required to do, so I’m essentially supposed to talk about an overview of what I learned over the semester. You know, theoretically that seems simple enough, but for some reason my brain is blank. It’s not that I didn’t learn anything! I mean this blog is proof of that fact that I’m more learned than before. But I guess it’s because it’s not yet complete. As much as I know now, there’s just sooo much more that I don’t. So much more I haven’t had the chance to experience, to see or even know about.

As for what I learned here, it was great, not only because I finally got to use After Affects, or that my homework was tweeting. What made this amazing was getting to see results from the connectivity of it all. I mean, I always made videos all throughout high school, but now for the first time I’m sharing them. I’ve designed things before, but there was really not many people who could look at it with a critical eye and say what they really felt.

In this class I learned an atmosphere, I learned about possibilities that Digital Media has, I learned about storytelling and the amazing faucets of fonts. But, I’m not done yet. There’s still four years to this program, and I want to see more and experience more. I want to see what other people can achieve, and I want to see what I can achieve.

So, tune in. This may be the last official blog for my Digital Media Class, but it’s just the start of the blog about my years at RTA. So, farewell, and in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night.

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TRON…Motion Graphic

Okay, so it’s time for the big unveiling. But first, well last time I told you that my motion graphic would have something involving UV Light and hands…well forget about it. It didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. But, there is this thing.

I decided to make a motion graphic about the movie Tron, the 2010 version, cause I never really saw the original. Anyways, what’s going to happen is I’m going to give you guys a step by step of what it looks like, cause I can’t upload the video now, and then a little blurb on how I made it and insight on what a pain it was.

Soo, first we start off with all these two lines that start growing.

Tron

In the background you hear a bunch of motorcycle racing sounds, while these two lines continue to grow and expand, in different direction.Tron

Now, there aren’t just two lines but there’s a bunch of different lines growing. Meanwhile the shot slowly zooms out to reveal this!

Tron

And, the slow zoom out continues. The lights of the logo flicker on and off until it just cuts off to a dark screen. Then a light slowly passes over the logo showing the logo and the grid.

Tron

And then it’s done!

So, that’s the description, and next is my short artist statement on how it was made.

Making this short 10 second clip was nothing short of painful. Taking four different programs to create, the graphics behind this clip despite being simple were not as thought out as I initially thought.

I created the logo in illustrator, based mostly on the Tron reboot in 2010, and then imported the file unto flash. From there, I animated it so that after every frame I erased a little bit at a time. I continued that until there was nothing left, and then reversed the frames. What I then had was a short clip of the logo appearing little by little.

I then took this file, exported it, and then brought it into After Effects where the bulk of my work would take place. There I first changed the colour to match the scheme used in the movie, a light blue. Watching it, it still looked a little shallow and so I added another layer by copying the previous, changing the colour, and then chifting it slightly. From there, I added a glow effect which helped it shine more.

Next I took the camera tool and started tracking some of the movement in the video until I had it look like motorcycle tracks (Sort of). I Decided to make it a little bit longer by added a flicker effect by changing the opacity over time, and then finally, I added a light layer which I used towards the end. I also added a grid towards the end when the spotlight was on, to accentuate the “Grid” feeling that the movie has.

Lastly, I imported this into Final Cut where I added all of my sound effects and music, most of which I was able to record on my own on a keyboard at home. Overall, I was satisfied with the result, although it took much more effort than I would have liked

Story Time!

So, today we reflect on stories.

Now, stories are important because they are incorporated in every single media in the world. In fact, the whole point of media is to tell a story, convey a message or convince you to tell your own. It’s about giving and taking.

So, I’ll tell you about some stories I heard in the past few days.

Well, I take a public transit to school, and it’s a huge pain, especially on a day like today when I forgot to charge my phone, and ergo had no music to listen to. Soo, being without music, I couldn’t help but overhear what the couple behind me were talking about. Now, I’ve heard this couple before, and by couple I don’t necessarily mean they’re together, but it’s a guy and girl companion who always seem to sit behind me.

This is not a good story. They were both foreign, I knew that much from previous conversations they had, but today they just has the most irritating conversation ever! They were talking about earthquakes and then got on the topic of Haiti. While they were talking about Haiti, they proceeded to talk about how the earthquakes that occured there were actually their fault, cause they “raise devils” there. There are so many things I could say about this. One, I would like to say that I’m so disappointed in them. I’m a Canadian citizen now, but a few years ago I was a landed immigrant, I wasn’t born here and I never will be no matter how hard I try. I’ve personally fought against stereotypes against immigrants cause I didn’t want them on me, but now I can start to see where they come from.

Now. in my high school we sponsored a Haitian school who we sent bricks, food and clothes to so they could rebuild their school, and some of them had the chance to come over, and I had the chance to talk to some of them. Obviously there was no denying in the first place that they are not devils, but to say such a thing about Mahid, who was the sweetest guy I’d ever met, who was so excited about everything and who was ten times smarter than half the people in my grade despite having less opportunities, that annoyed me.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really get the chance to say anything to them because they left on the next stop. And now, as much as I would love to mind my own business cause I normally do, next time they say such horrendous thoughts, I’ll give them some advice on keeping it to themselves.

What’s my TYpE

Typeface! Or other wise known as font is one of the most important things in design if you can recall me saying that in my little colour thing where I kept talking on and on about logos.

Now, like I said before, most people wouldn’t probably think it’s that important, which is why if you asked them if they would recognize if the GAP font changed, they’d probably say they wouldn’t. I bet you five bucks they would. And that’s because they did!

New                                                            Old

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Gap tried to change their logo, I think it was last year, and met with a huge backlash. The features of the gap logo that made Gap “GAP” were essentially gone and people noticed. A lot. Long story short they ended up changing it back cause they lost sales and too many people complained.

Now, I forgot to talk about this, but when talking about font it’s essentially split up between two categories, serif and sans serif. Serif, for those who don’t know, is that little tail added to a lot of the corners of letters. Probably the most commonly known serif font is Times New Roman, while one of the most popular sans serif font is probably Helvetica or Arial.

Now, I’m not claiming some higher knowledge of fonts. I myself didn’t really know how strong an influence they had until I watched a documentary on Helvetica, one of the most popular fonts of the 20th century. But, you gotta learn at some point. So, here are two more designs that I thought we could talk about in detail.

Now, chances are most people are going to talk about Typography portraits, which is fine cause they’re brilliant and difficult. I know cause I’ve tried it before, never did finish

Now, this isn’t completely a typography portrait, but it is close. It’s a gorgeous ad that really makes you think about about the repercussions of losing a leg. Not only that, it manages to convey feelings and you don’t even have to read everything.

 

Now, this is another ad that uses words only, that is brilliantly coloured so it gets the point across.

Now this is actually part of a series of ads, the other is similar, but you sorta get it. If you read the highlited words, you can skip all the other words in there.

Again, it’s the same thing. It’s a brilliant use of words and simple typeface changes. All they really did was change the high lighting after all.

Now, I actually wish I could tlak more about this, cause I have like a hundred ads that show the most amazing type faces.

Here’s a few to tide you over though. Try looking for your own, and then see what makes them awesome. Then, try making your own, see how well it words at conveying your message!

After Affects and Me

So, when I was in about tenth grade of high school, so like three years ago, I discovered After Affects.

I was just starting to discover what I wanted to do in the future, and I knew at that point that I really loved editing. Anyways,I was looking online for some programs that professionals used so that I could maybe try them out or even just see how they work. Anyways, aside from the more well known editing programs, like Final Cut, Avid, and SOny Vegas, I had found a bunch of these software used for “compositing”. Now, I’m not going to lie, I had no clue what the hell that meant at the time, but after some research I was led to a site called Video Copilot.

I swear, I spent the next eighteen hours straight watching each and every single tutorial there.

Funny thing was though, I understood absolutely nothing. The software was soooo far advanced from the stuff that I had used. Even the interface! I mean, going from the clean cut interface of FCP, to AE, it hurt my eyes just looking at the five hundred buttons scattered across the screen. Anyways, that was technically my first meeting with AE. Now, I would go back and look at it, see some new tutorias despite not understanding them, but this week, for the first time, I actually got to use it.

Now, the tutorial I went through in class was quite basic, making a shape and then moving the shape using keyframes. Simple. I’ve done it sooo many times in FCP it doesn’t even look extraordinary anymore. But, what that tutorial allowed me to do, was to learn about a good 5% of what the buttons on the screen were. And frankly, 5 is enough to start experimenting.

Now, that I had the interface in front of me, I went through class searching up basic tutorials that would teach me the interface, including what the different layers did and how you could stretch or slow down using time-mapping, or how to track motion. The motion tracking thing was really cool,and I really can’t wait for all the implementaitons it could have in the future!

In a nutshell, what I have planned for the motion graphics assignment involves a lot of shooting and is frankly a little bit complicated for me to explain, but it does involve my hands, high lighter fluid, and a UV light. I’ll leave you to think about that…

Here’s My Poster Y’all!

Okay, don’t ever let me say y’all again.

Artist Statement

jgarces_poster

Sooo…this is it! It’s not the greatest, and if I had more time I probably would have done more to it. Frankly, looking at it now, I can’t help but see all these little mistakes here and there, and then there’s the pixelization in some places cause the brush was weird…

Anyways, I knew I wanted to create a band poster, mostly cause it’s simple and partially because I was watching a series with a fake band and wanted to do it for that group. So, at first I thought, let’s just play around with it for a little while. I really like silhouettes so I knew for sure I was going to do something involving shadows and layers with different colour overlays. I also knew I wanted to do something with a hand. So, I just started off taking a random hand from the internet and tried to see what it would look like with overlaying background using a paintbrush to paint over as a silhouette. It worked out pretty well, you could see the shape of the hand, and the lines were rigid enough so that it worked.

Then I thought about the colour. I made the same thing with another hand but with a different colour and it completely clashed. So, I started again from scratch, this time  I took a picture of my own hand, traced it and thought about the colours I wanted to represent the show. An indie band with a both a rapper and singer. Let’s try something simple. I wanted contrast, and since red and white are the two colours that our eyes recognize as being the most contrast, I thought I’d let that be the basis of my poster.

Halfway through however, I couldn’t help but feel it being completely bare, so I added paint splashes which helped a bit with the composition, but at the same time it almost felt distracting. So I thought it was perfect! It reflected the band, although made the poster a little bit hard to look at. Then, I needed the bands name in there somewhere so I connected the hand with the band, then almost made a scene out of it. A hand scratching the band’s name, almost like they were desperate to see it.

Finally, and what was probably the most difficult part was the secondary font. The band’s name was completely handmade, and now I needed a real font that told some details. In all honesty I probably should’ve used a serif font but I just didn’t like the way it fit with the rest of the poster. So, I used probably one of the safest fonts in the world, Helvetica, can’t go wrong with that, at least not worse than Comics Sans.

Do. Not. Use. Comic. Sans.

For. Anything.

Unless it’s a comic. You will be laughed at and ridiculed. And I will be one of the people laughing. Sorry. Just don’t do it.

Wait, what was I talking about again? Right, fonts. Well, finding a place for the secondary font was troublesome. It just wouldn’t fit anywhere. I tried a hundred different ways of writing it, with the month fully written, or an 18th instead of 18, an outline or no outline, black front, or white font. Anyways, an hour later I decided to stick with my colour scheme and paint it with the same paintbrush for the title, and add a more variety of lighter colours as well.

And then, you initially ended up with what you see right in front of you.

Woot! Free Choice!

This week we’re allowed to talk about essentially anything we want in regards to digital media.

Now, I thought I would do something that was more blog-y and teach you guys something interesting.

Well, as you know, one of my very first pages is a shoutout to programming. The whole Hello World thing is pretty popular to programmers, and while I’m not so experienced that I can call my self that, I thought I might teach you guys how to write a really basic and simple program…HELLO WORLD!

Now, you will need a few things for this and one of them is a compiler, I would personally choose the one that I was “raised” on, since if I understood it, then you should have absolutely no problem.

Here’s a basic list.

  • Need to install JAVA JDK (in order to run the compiler)
  • DR JAVA
  • Editpad Lite (completely optional)

All the programs above are free and don’t cost anything, they also take little to no room on your computer and hardly use up your RAM.

Now, a few things. We will programming in the Java language. There are lots of different languages out there, the internet for example is written in HTML, and essentially every single computer in the world runs programs written on C++ but we won’t get into those. If you’re really interested, I would recommend playing around with python, and learning C++ and if you like animation go into flash and try out their own language.

Anyways, here we go.

Step 1.

Now, that you’ve downloaded the necessary programs, open up Dr Java, and it should look something like this.

Now, there’s a bunch of buttons everywhere but you don’t need to worry about those for now.

Step 2

First, you should know that dr Java  is a very simple application software so right now, what you’re building isn’t a complete application but a class that runs as an application.

On the first line, write out

public class WhatEverYourTitleIs (note you cannot put spaces in between the title)

Now, what did we do here? The first two lines indicate what you’re building, public shows that it is visible for everything in the program to see and the class shows what type you’re building.

Step 3

Go on the next line and enter an OPEN FRENCH BRACKET!

{

Be very very careful, this won’t work if you use any other type of bracket other than an OPEN french bracket.

What this does is show where your Class that you wrote in step two starts. Technically, you could write that bracket just next to your title name, but it doesn’t look very pretty.

Step 4

This is where it gets a bit confusing…

Type out the following series of words exactly as they’re written,

public static void main (String [] args)

Now, long story short, what you just wrote opens up a series of key words that are integrated into dr java and that it recognizes as part of the java language.

Step 5

Write another OPEN FRENCH BRACKET on line 5

{

Step 6

Now, the program we’re writing is a simple that essentially tells the computer to tell us HELLO World. To do that, we need to reference the system.

First type out

System.out.println

Make sure the capitals are in order and that the periods are there with no spaces, and it’s ln not line.

Directly next to that type out

(“Hello World”);

Note the type of bracket, the quotation marks and the semicolon, which serves to indicate the end.

You should have this

System.out.println(“Hello World!”);

Step 7

On the next line, type a CLOSED FRENCH BRACKET

}

this will indicate the end of main.

Step 8

Type another CLOSED FRENCH BRACKET ON THE NEXT LINE,

}

this will indiCATE the end of the class

Step 9

Look over your code, it should have the following

public class WhatEverTheTitleIs
{
puclic static void main (String [] args)
{
System.out.println(“Hello World!”);
}
}

Step 10

Press compile at the top, which will prompt you to save. Make sure the the saved file is the same name as your class or it won’t work.

Step 11

Press Run

and watch at the program as it writes out

Hello World!