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May 2010

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

Team : Vidur Gupta (Earth), Kevin Yuille (Water), Helen Han-Yi Hsu(Fire)

Software used : After Effects, Photoshop and Cinema 4D.

Earth, Water, Wind, Fire. Nature’s elements were the theme for our project. We abstracted the visual and emotional characteristics of each element using limited color palettes (by element), simple geometry and animation in Cinema 4D, particle systems, a focus on movement, lighting and composition, with final compositing in After Effects and edited to music/sound. Structured as a grand experiment, the members of our group individually worked on separate “elements” for the animation, all the while sharing techniques, assets, and a fixed style guide for consistency between our varying sequences. The process was broken down into three phases: experimentation and establishing the style guide, Cinema 4D production, and final animation, editing, compositing in After Effects. Our goal for this 6 week project was to produce a 1-2 minute cohesive motion graphics animation based upon our experimentation and collaboration.

The song is “Oddly Space” by the artist Kattoo.

Keeping in mind that this was our first big project in Cinema 4D we wanted to see what this amazing program was capable of. We spent the first 2 weeks exploring, brain-storming, using things that were outside our comfort zone. Came up with a plan.  Ill update this page with tests we did eventually.

One thing i have to say is that this was an amazing experience with an amazing team. check out Kevin and Helens work. Its bad ass!

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