Stop Motion

As I have decided to do stop motion and I have never used After Effects before I guessed the right thing to do was open it up and have a go because its best to fail now than fail later.

I didn’t care too much about roughness or anything as this was a test and it was never going to be developed no matter what. I wrote down Ray-Bans on a plain white page in red and each time I wrote a letter took a picture when I did this I created a folder so each image could be placed onto After Effects easily. I then added the files in in order and shortened the length down so that it could play quicker when doing this I realised that this was going to be a bit of a pain to do as in other clips there will be a lot more images and this was time consuming.  To make doing stop motion easier I have decided I’m not going to work in After Effects as theres quicker ways to do it because of this I found a website called Virtual dub this will make it easier to take photos of my images and then create a stop motion animation the software will allow me to change how fast I want it to go as well as this so I think that this is appropriate software to use however will look further before definitely deciding to do it.

I will also do a test within this software to make sure that I can place it into After effects or another software where I can add a soundtrack to it so that the narrative behind my final outcome is furthermore developed.

This is a screen recording which I have done in order to show how I have learnt how to do stop motion in After Effects. This video starts with the second step so I’ll explain the first.

To start a stop motion you need to go onto After effects and do file > New project after this you can then do file > import where I had a folder saved with my images I selected these in order and they went into the left hand box I then dragged them into the bottom box which then showed them on a screen I played them through and the animation was really slow and really rough. This led onto creating a new composition which went opened up my stop motion on its own almost as if was one layer.

In the video above you can see me moving diamonds along a timeline to do this I right clicked and selected time > Enable time remapping the video above shows me moving the diamonds around this basically takes the layer you want moved and makes it quicker but in order for this to be smoother you have to move the diamonds correctly so it all plays at a good pace for example if I had a diamond on the ‘N’ frame and moved it to the left this means its going to get played earlier so the ‘S’ frame would have to be moved to otherwise it’ll be almost like a pause and it’ll take a while to see so moving this frame will help the animation to all flow together smoothly.

For my first time doing this I’m pleased with the outcome it isn’t perfect but the main thing about doing this test was so I knew the steps for myself so when it comes to really developing my work I can take more time to focus on it and make it as smooth as possible along with this I did only use my iPhone to take these photos and didn’t manipulate them in any way as there is no point as this is a test I have done to roughly see how stop motion works in After Effects.



Unit 33 & 45 | Evaluation

My project brief says that I have to submit my evaluation on the VLE by friday the 15th January at 9am. I have successfully met this deadline and uploaded my evaluation to the VLE the screenshots above show the steps I have taken to complete meeting this deadline.

Final Billboards

Amy final 1.jpgAMYSA FINAL DFINAL .jpgThese are my two final outcomes for my Liverpool promotion brief as you can see I have added these onto Billboards to show how they would look in real life. Both of these images are innovative and effective and promote Liverpool in different ways.

The first image is aimed at the target audience of people who like music and as this is on Mathew Street aimed at the target audience of people aged 18+ as it promotes drinking. There was also a portrait billboard next to this because this was here I added one of the images I thought was effective but didn’t want to develop into the billboard I have printed this off size A3 to place into my sketchbook.

My second image is more vivid and promotes to anyone who wants to come to Liverpool I would say as this image was taken in the night it would have to be at people 18+ However this doesn’t specifically have a target audience to it but I think it would most appeal to tourists. Within  this piece I also experimented with mixed media to add more effect although it where lights using yellow and white I splatted the paint onto the page to produce this outcome I then placed it into Photoshop where I did minor edits and then placed it onto a billboard printed A3 for my second final outcome.

Final Outcome 2 | Steps

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This is a screenshot of my layers panel and my final outcome in Photoshop using the green file I could open the image which took me to a new document I then was able to use the other layers to turn off reflections or lower them down I thought one of the reflections on this page was too high so I lowered it down to around 30% This then gave me my final outcome which I could print A3.

Final Outcome | Steps

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The first screenshot shows my layers panel in Photoshop by clicking the green layer I was able to open a new file where I could add my image this meant when adding my image all I had to do was stretch it once I saved this I could see it placed on the billboard. From this i used the others layers to take shine down and increase shine where I thought was Necessary. This then gave me my final piece ready to print off A3 size.

Mister Koppa vs David Hockney

My first image is showing one of the ways David Hockney creates his photomontages. The second image is Mister Koppa’s way of creating photomontages.

Both of these are highly different from each other but still effective as thats there style of work and both have messages what they want to portray differently from each other.

David Hockneys way of work is to be organised and clean cut with his work comparing this to how Mister Koppa likes to work I wouldn’t say this is massively similar as none of his work is messy it all has a place its just placed more randomly to a viewers eye. In terms of colour there isn’t a difference from what I can see in these photos Mister Koppa’s just seems more bold but I think this is because he isn’t working with gradients in his image like David Hockney. I think that David Hockneys work is more professional however this is how I view it his image makes more sense to me than Mister Koppa’s as his work looks more professional but Mister Koppers makes me think ‘why?’ The only part of the image I like more about Mister Koppers is that hes working from a background this relates to my work more because I am going to be using images to create my photomontage however I think to make my work effective I have to stick to having a clean cut outcome as working messy while doing traditional work as when in Photoshop I like to clean things up and make it better so that I have a clean cut outcome.

Overall if I had to judge the way I work as an individual I would say I have the mind of Mister Koppa but the final presentation of David Hockney.

The Beatles | Developments

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This is an invert of the development that I have done I wanted to simply see if this would work or not however this definitely didn’t work but I like how bold the Mathew Street sign looks.

To begin I started by opening Photoshop and placing my red and blue images together on separate layer I then began by using my guides tool and using guides so that I could place a guide every 2cm across the page. This made it easier for me to remember where I was up to and what I colour I was putting in. This was simple to do and produced the outcome below.

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This was my development piece I produced of matthew street however something wasn’t working for me as it didn’t seem done there was still something too simple to say that this was done and stood out as a billboard for me.

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As I wasn’t happy I decided to add more colour back into the image I created a new layer using soft light and used red and blue across the Matthew Street sign which brightened the  image and brought out the sign as it was quite lost within the pieces compared to when it was bright. I then decided to add the couple back as an original part to keep in my way as the light where they was walking was highly effective. I didn’t however want this too be too strong because of this i turned the opacity down so some of the red and blue was still within this however red is a stronger colour therefore is more seen and blue isn’t as strong so isn’t seen as much on this part of the image.