Title Sequence | WIP resume

Title sequence updates again! Most of my difficulties have lay within my lack of boards for the actual titles. Last week I had planned to just animate with shape layers well into the night, but after working these today I realize I should have had them done way earlier. Just thankful that the contest deadline got extended. I’m starting to wonder if I’d been able to finish at all. I think I would have done something, maybe not a great animation, but I would have finished. So thankful I have time to really hone and finesse this.

Below are the boards with text which is what I felt has been missing the last couple days. Animation resumes tomorrow. I plan on getting a better grasp of the timing and chronological order I want. Also I want to work on sound design since I have more time. Excited to get back into the groove of animating this!

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Extended Deadlines are the Best

Good news, I can sleep tonight. After all that stress about making the deadline for the Pond5 Title Sequence contest this week they extended the contest till the 30th!!! I CAN SLEEP GUYS. SLEEEEEEEP. Which is important because I have a lot of networking opportunities tomorrow…after the 4 I’ve already done this week….so much follow up. I’m so tired, but having so much fun. Denver Startup Week is so amazing!

Since the contest is extended I halted my hasty animating. Now I can focus on making good animations and finessing, rather than rushing. Still going to hustle and get more animation done tonight, but now I can stop at a reasonable time like midnight. There’s no need for me to look and feel like my animation right now.

Here’s a short preview. Ignore the real cursor. If it wasn’t obvious I was prepared for a long night considering how tired I’ve been from Startup Week. Glad I can relax a little bit. Still got tons to do, but now I can have better animation!!!

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Small Epiphanies | Title Sequence process

Nearly done with those vectors. I decided that I should just halt making more items for the grid and just move forward. I got my head that I should make this title sequence exactly the same as the original, but it’s suppose to inspired by it. I don’t need to make the entire 30 seconds. Especially since I’m working on the project alone, have other things to attend to, and only till Friday. There’s no way I will be even close to done animating if I follow it exactly. I don’t know why I got it in my head that I had to be. Now that I’ve realized that, I can speed up the process.

Since I’m changing it up I found some music and will be hunting some free sounds down to lay over it. I’m going to leave that till the end since it’s less important than just animating at this point. The plan is to just get as close to finished as possible and submit Thursday night. I didn’t accomplish the goals from yesterday, but now that I am stopping the grid concepts I can focus on the animations. I just wanted to finish making concepts for every single square, and now I’m realizing I could have moved on a long time ago. The more you learn.

Night friends,
Kendall

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Title Sequence Brainstorm

I’m using this blog as a brainstorming session for the title sequence project. Bare with my strange style for the moment. I have screenshots of Man Seeking Woman. In the captions I’m writing ideas of what I could illustrate in this section. It’s still general at this point, but I want a plan for the story it’s illustrating. It’ll help me come up with relevant ideas. I hopefully will be able to get some vectors started tomorrow night that go along with this theme.

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(1) Focus on a “writer”
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(2) Writing tools like pencils, journals, desk lamps and opening your computer. Happy stuff from the beginning of the writing process.

 

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(3) Hand with pen or arms reaching out to type, but a hand cramp or spilling coffee.

 

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(4) Week of writer’s block and everything that can go wrong in preventing you from writing starts.
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(5) Crumpled paper with angry writer’s block type of characters running around.
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(6) More allusions to the stress of writing a story. Maybe heavy eyes or writing scribbles and failure to finish.
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(7) Broken lamp or pencils with a coffee spill.
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(8) A combination of good and bad things having to do with stories can go here.
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(9) Hand touches the computer and it shuts down with a “fail” sign.
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(10) Some redemption for the writer with crazy icons based on simple things like a shower or eating?
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(11) The name is pulled out of a typewriter and laid down on a pile
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(12) Last frame is of a book falling or flopping down maybe? Title appears with full National Novel Writing Month there.

 

 

Lettering Process

Here’s quick process shot of my lettering project so far. I’m done with the finalization of the layout and sketches, but indecisive if I want to go back to ink it. It looks fine in graphite, but I did it all on graph paper…so the photoshop edits have been difficult. Hence why not finished. I’ll update you tomorrow, but probably going to push the actual finalizing till Tuesday or Wednesday.

I’m leaving on a quick weekend visit the grandmother trip. That means 5 hours in a car tomorrow and on Monday when we drive back. I don’t have the greatest of surfaces to work on while there so if I decide to ink, I will hold off. Just because I want a lot of desk space and quiet concentration time. Family trips tend to be constant interruptions. Very disruptive when trying to ink and not make wobbly lines.

Since, I don’t have deskspace I plan on using all downtime possible to work on the title sequence. I’m leaning toward the Man Seeking Woman title sequence just because of the challenge it entails, but I have keep in mind that I don’t have a lot of time left. It might be more fun and interesting, however I have a tendency to overestimate my abilities thus bad estimates of the time it takes to finish. Aiming for all assets for sequence to be finished by Monday night so that I can spend as much time animating as possible.

Now I got to go pack, so night friends.

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Title Sequence Contest | Research

So, my brain is spinning. I found this contest to make your own title sequence in the style of an existing one [link], and now I’m breaking down from too many ideas. THIS IS ONE OF THE DREAM JOBS GUYS. Basically I’m overloading and have to pick now ’cause the contest ends on the 16th. Will still be working on my selfi animation and other videos at the same time, but they’ve shifted down in priorities because of this contest!

So far I’ve been crawling through Art of the Title trying to pick ones that I know that I can make in the time left and that I actually have the skills to create. I would love to create a 3D one, but I don’t have any 3D software to work with…so I’m stuck with 2D and film sequences. The thing that I’m struggling with is if I should go from title sequence to subject or subject to title sequence? Either one can work in this case since it’s a contest.

If I go subject to title sequence I’ve started to look at books for inspiration. One of the ideas I’ve had is to create title sequences based on books using character names and publishers and editors as the names. I plan to use a book as inspiration for the opening sequence. The 3 books that are contending right now are Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. There are more on the list, but I made myself pick the top 3 for sake of narrowing down something tonight.

From those I have an overall design choice to make. I’ve left links to a few I’m considering for ideas. I’m not set on anything obviously, but I’m working on gathering all my thoughts together so I can get a jump on animating and designing asap. I’m gathering sequences I can recreate in the timeframe and will lend themselves to the stories of the books. I would love to make their own original ones in the future, but for now this will be a fun challenge!

Super excited! Hope you watch the ones below for inspiration!

Man Seeking Woman | By Digital Kitchen

Narcos | By Digital Kitchen

The Interview | By LAUNDRY

Juno | By Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee

Napoleon Dynamite | By Jared Hess

The Conjuring | By Aaron Becker (Filmograph)

 


 

Special Thank you to Art of the Title for serving as my hub for finding all these amazing title sequences and for providing me with inspiration! Also to Pond5 & Red Giant for putting on this contest! Super excited to start working on something and will be keeping you updated as I narrow down my subject and start creating!