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!


BookTube-A-Thon Title Sequence WIP

Working on my title sequences for my BookTube-A-Thon TBR. I was aiming to enter the giveaway for a box of books, but I realized that I didn’t have enough time to finish. So here’s the process of the lettering so far. I’m in the middle of the vectoring and have to still animate it a bit. Not to mention edit all the video I filmed today. Planning on doing some more takes tomorrow. I don’t know if I said this before, but I’m using this as a test run for my Selfi Animation, also, it’s been fun diving into more lettering.

I have a lot to do tomorrow so hoping that I can finish this up and get it done by the end of tomorrow so I don’t have to worry about it. I’m trying to get ahead this week so that I can allot more time to reading next week.


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Animation Inspiration 43

Most of the progress I made on the selfi mograph was done in sketch format and I don’t have good lighting to show you those sketches, so here’s Animation Inspiration.

In other news I realized just now that I seemed to forget to put who the artists are on these inspirational videos. I’m working to correct that. I keep thinking “Oh, they’ll just click on the Vimeo link if they like it.” But in reality it just makes me look like an ass for not crediting them. I apologize for not doing this earlier on, and from now on will be doing so. I’m not sure why I didn’t do it before, so sorry and in the future there will be credits.

TEDxSydney 2016 by Buck

As usual Buck is amazing. Love the texture and patterns used in this design as well as the transitions. I love the way the diamonds move in the beginning. Mesmerizing fun.

Adobe Make It Titles by Mike Tosetto

One of these days I will learn C4D and make things like this. Love this piece. I love the camera and layering folds that create the objects. The colors are amazing and the sound design works perfectly for the title design. ❤ One day, one day I will create something like this…just gotta learn 3D…but working on mastering the 2D before I do that. So soon.


Animation Inspiration 22

Ode to a Flower

Love the circular motion of this piece. I’m fascinated with the artful animations that created this. It’s nice to be looking for the reinforced motion as well as the eye trace movements. Animation Bootcamp is being constantly reinforced when I see mographs. Give it watch and study the movements. My favorite part is watching the words/letters animate on. Love when they break down words and use the offsetting animations to build them. I also like watching the many twirls of the flower and the patterns used to animate them on. Hope you are as excited as I am about the animation. ❤

FIFC Toronto 2016 Titles

WATCH THIS NOW. WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. Just do it. Especially if you like games (vintage), title credits, and animation. Of which I love all three.

This title sequence got me all excited to reread Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and the movie. Mind you this has nothing to do with that book, but that was what my brain computed when I saw the opening. Because that book is all about vintage games. This is exactly what I wanted to make for my thesis last year, but didn’t have enough of the skills and knowledge to do so. I wonder if they’ll (Giant Ant) get to make the title credits for the film…if not this is what I want those credits to be like. Whoever gets to work on the movie’s opening or closing credits I hope I get to be an intern/worker on that or at the very least interview you on the process of creating it. Now I’ll just drool at this title sequence for FITC Toronto 2016 and dream of getting to make my own animation of similar proportions.

My favorite transition is Snake to Pacman, followed by the racer section. I love the clever sequence of popping on names in the fighting games and the first person player POV. Just this entire thing is something I’ll be spending weeks drooling over and analyzing. Oh my goodness. I’m gonna rewatch it now.

Me: #goals


Shaun the Sheep Movie – Animation Inspiration 21

Just watched the Shaun the Sheep Movie, FINALLY. So good! Loved every bit about it and laughed almost the entire film. So cute. If you haven’t seen it, do so now. Everytime I see a movie with some sort of mograph or animation in, I look up the artist and look at the places they’ve worked at or are currently working at. I hope one day to see my name up on the credits for a mograph or at the very least a studio that I work for. I wanna to make title credits!

The film had great overlap for both kids and adults. The claymation is so flawless to the eye. I love the intricate details and how they play into helping their puns and jokes. The counting sheep part makes me laugh so much. Also the villain was great! I’m always excited to see Aardman films. I’m a Wallace & Gromit fan as well as Creature Comforts. ❤ It’s nice to see an expansion of the characters after watching the little shorts created for such a long time. My dad use to record every single one and then have the family gather every couple weeks to watch them all in one go while we ate dinner. This was a brilliantly scripted film, especially with the lack of spoken dialogue. I commend any film that shows rather than tells, especially since they seem to forget that aspect in film these days.

Since I love mograph so much I always stick around for credits if I see one. I pause films just so I can google the designers, or if I’m in the theater I take notes either by phone or scribbles. The artist who worked on Shaun the Sheep Movie is Ciaran O’Connor. I suggest you head over to his portfolio www.ciaranoconnor.com for a look at other the great work he makes. Below is the section he made that was in the film. He worked with Gavin Strange, the graphic designer to bring this section to life. I really loved the way this worked into the film and seeing the memes makes me smile even more.

Once again if you have yet to see Shaun the Sheep Movie fix that now. It’s a great film and officially joining the ranks of my favorite animated films. It’s heart-warming and hilarious for both kids and adults. The only other film in recent times that’s got a similar vibe is Zootopia, but I think the challenge Shaun the Sheep had was no dialogue, well except animal sounds. I love that it’s like watching a Buster Keaton film in that sense. Love the easter eggs and hope everyone else had as much fun as I did trying to find all of them!

Anyway, enjoy and watch the film asap! I might watch it again…depends on time of course.