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“Repent, Harlequin!”

February 2010

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

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

My advanced motion graphics class we had to make opening titles for ‘Repent Harlequin! said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison. It is a great little short story if you havent had a chance to read it, do it NAO!  Heres a little about it, *SPOLIER ALERT*

The story is a satirical look at a dystopian future in which time is strictly regulated and everyone must do everything according to an extremely precise time schedule. In this future, being late is not merely an inconvenience, but a crime. The crime carries a hefty penalty in that a proportionate amount of time is “revoked” from one’s life. The ultimate consequence is to run out of time and be “turned off”. This is done by the Master Timekeeper, or “Ticktockman”, who utilizes a device called a “cardioplate” to stop a person’s heart once his time has run out.

The story focuses on a man named Everett C. Marm who, disguised as the anarchical Harlequin, engages in whimsical rebellion against the Ticktockman. The Harlequin disrupts the carefully kept schedule of his society with methods such as distracting factory workers from their tasks by showering them with thousands of multicolored jelly beans.

I used this imagery the notion of a jelly bean disrupting the machine, where people are no longer people but cogs in that large machine.

We had to use the Cel Renderer in some capacity. But we were not allowed to go in and light everything and render as we please, so I got a diffuse pass and the Cel Render and did all the other stuff in comp.

Audio: a version of the Fringe Theme by J J Abrams. liked the Phillip glass stuff so I did my animation around it.

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