Introduction to Motion Graphics
8 April 2011
Evaluation of Red Road Title Sequence

The idea behind the Red Road title sequence was to use silhouettes and textures to show the landscape of the Red Road estate in Glasgow where the film is set. I did this to show the grittiness of the film. The clean look of the titles and background are contrasted with the grungy look of the silhouettes to highlight the grittiness of the estate.

I think the sound design in the Red Road sequence works well to build up atmosphere and tension for the film.

Overall, I am pleased with the result of the Red Road title sequence; however, if I was to improve it, I would probably look at improving the look of the silhouettes of the buildings.

Final Red Road Title Sequence **UPDATED**

I updated this to remove the zoom from the sequence because it didn’t fit in with the style of the whole sequence.

5 April 2011
Red Road: Audio

I used an open source piece of software called ‘Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch’. I made the program stretch a piano cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart Again’ 8 times. This gives an a swirling, ambient effect to the music, which sounds good when electronic static sound effects are overlaid on it.

Final Red Road Title Sequence

My first initial idea was to rotoscope parts of the Red Road title sequence; however, I didn’t think that the style of the above video really fitted in with the style of the film.

4 April 2011
Evaluation of Elephant Title Sequence

The title sequence that I created for Elephant was designed with inspiration from Constructivist and Suprematist art and design. I thought that this design style was one of the most successful elements of my title sequence because it is unemotional, which I think relates well to the characters in the film.

I chose to use Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata) for reasons that I have previously discussed in my blog. I believe that this choice in music reflects the film well. I think that Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 expresses pain, grief and conflict well, which are key elements of the characters in the film.

The recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata is of myself playing. I did this because it allowed me to play the piece at the exact tempo to achieve what I wanted to hear in the 1 minute title sequence. It also allowed me to end the piece where I wanted to, without having to edit someone else’s recording.

I am pleased with the design style choice and audio track for my title sequence; however, I think that the shapes used in the second half of the title sequence could have been more abstract, to fit in better with the style.

One important lesson that I have learnt from this module is to make regular backups of work. During the production of this title sequence I lost the work that I had done, which forced me to restart the sequence from scratch. Even though this wasted time, I believe that I created a better title sequence than my first version. I also think that this setback gave me a better understanding of Motion.

Final Elephant Title Sequence

3 April 2011 Elephant

Elephant

3 April 2011 Constructivist style test

Constructivist style test

3 April 2011
Elephant Title Sequence: Constructivist Style

I have chosen to create the title sequence for Elephant in a Constructivist style because:

Constructivist art is committed to complete abstraction with a devotion to modernity, where themes are often geometric, experimental and rarely emotional.

I think that these characteristics work well with the imagery used within the film.  For example, the geometric shapes used within Constructivist art remind me of the design of the high school building, with it’s long, straight corridors; row upon row of lockers; etc.

Another reason why I think that the Constructivist style will work for this title sequence is because it is considered to be un-emotional, which I think reflects the characters in the film, especially Alex and Eric.

Also, Constructivist art within a historical context first appeared around the time of the Russian Revolution in the early 20th Century. These links with modernity and revolution, I think, can be linked to the personal revolution of Alex and Eric against authority (high school teachers) and other people in their society (fellow students). For me this is highlighted in the film when Eric makes a speech at the Principal just before he shoots him.