Kill la Kill Motion Graphics

Kill la Kill is an anime about two girls who lived in an alternate world where our clothes make us who we are. Perhaps it isn’t all that different. These clothes are ranked, with regular clothes given to the poorest no stars, one stars, two stars and three stars. Depending on the rank, the clothes enables the person to fight or enhance their abilities.The two main characters have clothes specially made for them and are greater than the three star uniforms.

The two main characters are opposites of each other. Their viewpoints and opinions, status, and personality. Because of this, they have a rivalry relationship and battles using their uniforms throughout the show. I tried to portray their rivalry by positioning them on the opposites of each other as well as contrasting them with the black and white.

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The ending screen was inspired by the battle and fight scenes in the anime. These scenes are often chaotic with the characters flying around, defying gravity and all things physics.

What I was aiming for was a title sequence, however, the requirements of the assignment asked not to use typography anywhere else in the motion graphics, so when the girls popped in, it felt like it was missing something. To fix that, I tried putting in more red lines to represent a key point of the show.

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Prototype screencap.

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The font I chose was simple. I wanted it to be legible and bold. Straightforward, one of the only common characteristic in the characters.

The prototype was helpful, I was able to fix the timing and pace the piece in a way that wasn’t too fast or two slow. There are still quite a few adjustments I would make to be completely happy with the project. If I had more time to work on it, I might have made my own background because tweaking the shades of grays to make the hair stand apart from the background and keeping the authenticity of the show was tedious. Lots of importing, tweaking and deleting. I would also had added more of the red stripes to better represent the shows key point to the uniforms.

Overall, I really enjoyed this project and I hope to do more with the program in the future.

[Week 10]: Kill La Kill

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As usual, I changed my idea last minute but thankfully, it was the prototype and not the final project.
I was working on my Avatar piece and I wasn’t feeling it anymore. I didn’t have the effect I was looking for and it was more suitable for my upcoming computer vision project instead. Music was a big issue as well, being a New Media 2017 student, I have very limited resources, I would not be able to use equipment in the cage since I wasn’t “trained” to use it. We were offered to be “trained” if we asked but I’m not sure how I’m going to juggle a full course load plus RTA103 and workshops. I’m already behind enough.  So I chose a song in the iTunes library and it reminded me of an anime I watched over the summer. Listening to the ten second clip, I could already imagine my final project and that’s what I settled for.
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There are quite a few things I need to fix up before my project is complete. I need to figure out something to replace the names of the characters and I am also hoping to squeeze in a two second clip of their uniforms before the title comes in. Because I am adding a little bit more to the sequence, the timing is a bit off and I am hoping to get everything to match up. The graphics are hand drawn with references and I want to change it to my own poses rather than use the same poses in the show.
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I’m not quite sure what motion graphics inspired this as I got the idea late at night after listening to the music clip, but I’m sure I got it during a lectures or surfing online. I’ll post it as soon as I figure it out.

[Week 2] Digital Media and I

Ahh, digital media, the term which drew me to choosing New Media at Ryerson. My initial thoughts on digital media was all about what we saw on the internet, on our screens. It was graphic design, web design, social media, animation! Digital media was art that is created on a screen and then broadcasted all across the media. And that’s what digital media is! But digital media can be and is so much more!

A lot of the things that was brought up in class this week was not necessarily ‘new’ to me or probably to anyone else. I’m sure most of us knew we were surrounded by digital media. In this generation, we are constantly told that we are consumed and controlled by the media. You can see that in the way we dress -staying up to date in the latest trends. You can see that in the way we speak -bringing acronyms such as ‘YOLO’ and ‘LOL’ into our everyday language. I already knew that Digital Media is at our finger tips, but the concept of it never seems to stick in my mind. I suppose it’s because I see it everywhere that I’ve been conditioned to not take note of it. There were many examples of digital media brought up in class that I never really thought of. Street signs were definitely not the first things that I would have thought when it came to digital media. It was interesting to realize that book covers and street signs are part of digital media.

With digital media being so prominent in my life, it is only natural that my digital footprint is quite large. A quick Google search and you can probably find my Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and of course this blog. However, the majority of my footprint is unprofessional; my Facebook collects dust, my Twitter is full of angry tweets and complaints about the TTC. As an RTA student or as a student in general, digital media is so important in our everyday lives; the media can do so much to change our lives through references, connections and promotions to list a few. But if the wrong type of information gets put on the media, people may get a bad impression of your overall character. It is important that we learn how to use digital media effectively to benefit us and help us pave our pathway into the media industry.

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Over the past year, I have been doing upgrades to my social media, whether it’s doing some extreme decluttering or changing my usernames and with this course I’m hoping to create a stronger professional footprint and focus more on the visual sides of my social media. By the end of this course, I’m hoping my digital footprint would be able to represent me as a growing artist and entrepreneur. I want to be able to  take what I learn in class and apply it to create my brand. I made it my personal goal to create business cards and restart my YouTube channel by the end of the year and I think the skills I learn in this class will help push me to my goals. I’m most excited to learn Photoshop and After Effects. I’ve always wanted to use Photoshop to do my digital and concept art but I never got the chance to. The assignments are also very similar to the ones I did in high school (Album covers and Posters) and I’m interested to see what I create in this class and how I have improved from those projects. I expect quite a few challenges such as learning new softwares but I also want to push my limits and challenge myself to different styles. I find myself always going to the same layouts, typography and techniques in most of my artwork and I want to explore and step out of my boundaries.

This class is by far my favorite class yet! Majority of my classes are concepts and idea based and you have no idea how excited I am to be able to make stuff.  Below I included some of my most recent works and at the end of the term, I’m going to look back and do a comparison post so stay tuned!

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A T-Shirt design for Judy and Benji Travis from ItsJudysLife. 

Created with Paint Tool Sai

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Digital painting of Lydia Martins from Teen Wolf

Created with Paint Tool Sai