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AGF Pianos

March 2010

School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Class: Motion Graphics II 
Instructor: Colin Evoy Sebesteyen

Team : Christian Castaneda, Nathan Hackett, Helen Han-Yi Hsu, Lori Schkufza, Kevin Yuille, Bryan Woods, Vidur Gupta, Li Qian, Weihung Yin, David Son, Alireza Farshbaf, Karol Rytelewski

This project will visualize “Pianos”, an audio composition by AGF. The piece will be broken into sections and handed off to a different designer. You need to abstract what is being said – the only allowable graphic structure is within a 5 x 5 grid framework. How can you use grids to abstract the concepts of your section? You can not use any pictorial representations – no images, only abstractions used to represent the ideas of each stanza through rhythm, timing, pacing and feel.

You are required to create three animation sequences based on your given audio segment. These three animations must all work in the same concept, For example, if you create points and lines that are based on 45-degree angles, you need to preserve this rule of modularity through your three animations.

When creating your materials inside C4D, you may map your Quicktime textures to the color, luminance, or alpha channels – or a combination of all three. As long as your animations adhere to the same systems, the look of your materials should be visually consistent.

I was responsible for the section from 1:18 – 1:35. I had 5 hrs to make it since I was flying out, I managed to figure out the basics of Expresso and Link the rotation of the camera and the light intensity in the center to the music. The rest was the basic cloner using a grid and the audio effector.

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