Concept and Ideation Task 4 – Reflection on Work

While it took me a few hours to animate my kinetic typography, it would have taken longer if I hadn’t had previous experience with After Effects. I had used After Effects before in a workshop at University, and on a college course last year, and the experience proved to be very useful for this assignment. Overall, I would say I’m very proud of the final result that I produced and I learnt new features from this software (e.g. how to move many items in unison).

One of the things I would improve about my kinetic typography would be the timing of some of the animations. Next time I create an animation like this, I would like to get the audio and video synced up as well as possible. I could also use a bigger variety of fonts to make the animation more interesting.

The only major problem I had throughout this assignment was the fact that Adobe After Effects doesn’t work on any of my computers at home. This is why I used the University Library to get all my editing and animating done. While this gave me a limited time to work on my project, it helped me improve my speed and efficiency with using After Effects.

Of all the projects we’ve done so far, I would say that this has been the most fun to do, as we were allowed to choose any audio from any exiting media and animate words to it the way we wanted. This task was creative and it also gave me a chance to improve my software skills.

Temporal Expressions – Slit-scan

During the same week we were given the temporal expressions task, we were also introduced to slit-scan photography.

Slit-scan photography is a photographic technique that creates pictures that are made up of several different slits. This can help change or distort the appearance of the image you want to capture. The pictures below, following the water cycle theme, were taken using the free slit-scan app on my phone.

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I found the following link useful in my research into slit-scan photography and its history:

http://filmmakeriq.com/lessons/slit-scan-recreating-the-stargate-sequence-from-stanley-kubricks-2001-using-legos/

My visit to BFX 2014

Today, I went to the BFX at the Bournemouth International Centre in order to find out about the possible opportunities from working in the digital media industries. The types of media I would love to work with the most are film and TV; this was why going to the BFX  provided me with a lot of new and useful information for potentially working in these industries in the future.

It was also interesting to hear that some of the animation and games companies present (e.g. Media Molecule, Blue Zoo) may soon be hiring qualified BU graduates as professional animators. Overall, I had a great time at the BFX, the people there spoke about their topics and jobs with a clear passion and enthusiasm that makes me more interested in studying Digital Media Design.

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Hi there! Welcome to Robin Osolinski’s official DMD blog!

You are reading the first post by Robin Osolinski, a first year student who will be studying Digital Media Design at Bournemouth University. Welcome to my blog!

After all these years of experience with Media studies, it’s such a relief to know I’ve finally made into the course that I’ve wanted to be a part of for a long time now. So far, my thoughts of the university itself are very good and I love the opportunities  that it has already provided for me when it comes to  using specialist software and equipment.

The staff and students are very friendly and they all have a clear passion and enthusiasm for what they will be a part of for the next few years. I look forward to all of the group tasks and activities that will help me to meet and get to know my fellow students who share my interests for this course and subject.

I plan to make the most out of what the course offers, after hearing and reading about the numerous and incredible opportunities it has already provided for the students who have already graduated!