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Motion Graphics Reel
This is my demo reel and it showcases select examples of my recent work. I have worked on every shot in the reel as either Designer, Animator, Compositor, Art Director, Creative Director, DP, Director or some combination of these.
Thesis | Master's of Fine Arts
There are many different reasons that hollywood films use title sequences. The main function of the title sequence dates back to the time of Thomas Edison and his experimental films. He would include a text board showing copyright information since film piracy had already begun back then. Eventually the copyright information began to credit cast and crew members as well, especially movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Over time, the opening title sequence evolved and took on other roles. In some, the title sequence became a poetic response to the film. In others, it acted as prologue to help the audience understand the background of the story. A well designed title sequence will set the tone of the film as well as engage and excite the audience.
While speaking about his process for creating a title sequence, Saul Bass said,
"I began dealing with titles in terms of setting mood, creating an atmosphere, an attitude and a gereralized metaphor for what the film was about."
My MFA thesis, DISCREDIT, looks at how graphic design can influence a film. By setting the tone or mood of a film, the opening title sequence affects they way an audience anticipates what is about to play out. To demonstrate this, I recreated the openening titles sequence for various blockbuster film titles and designed them with a subtle shift in mood. To accomplish this, I studied the themes and sub-themes of the film, then rearranged their hierarchy to create a subtle shift in my interpretation of the mood of the film—while not deviating from the film's main story. The recreated title sequence thus demonstrates how this element of graphic design can impact the viewer's perception of a film. Below you will find my redesigned title sequences.
I Am Legend
This title sequence for I Am Legend focuses primarily on the butterfly sub-theme that shows up subtly throughout the film in both the theatrical and director's cut. In the film, the butterfly represents both resurrection and evolution. The sequence moves through the various states of being from the caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly and death. Much like the film moves through similar states of being between the humans and zombie-like creatures.
The film Inception incorporates many of the theories of renowned psychologist Carl Jung. Due to emphasis on Jung's theory of the "Collective Unconscious" and its archetypes. I chose to use this sub-theme as the primary element in my redesigned sequence. It is almost as if we are moving through the main character's mind and questioning reality right along with him.
If you really dig deep into the sub-themes of Jaws, you will find that one of the underlying themes is a small comparison between Nixon/Watergate and the Mayor of Amity Island. The Mayor attempts to conceal/overlook the issue of safety when he finds out there is a shark in the water. He tries to portray his island as a pleasant place to be despite the jarring truth beneath. This sequence depicts beautiful scenery that might entice you to visit while the Mayor's dirty little secret won't be kept much longer.
Chocolat is a study in title design created while exploring various themes for my Master's thesis. Though this sequence did not ultimately fit within the paramaters of my thesis, it was an essential project that ultimately led to my thesis. I found that this sequence contrasted the original opening title sequence to the film Chocolat that you would have thought they were two completely different films. Even though I only used visual elements from the film. It was this variation in mood that ultimately led me to my thesis. I designed, directed and edited this sequence.
Typographic piece for the feature spread of a zine. Titled Untangling Typography in Web Design, the article discusses various ways typography can be implemented online. My concept was to pull out the words Untangling Typography amidst a mess of string. The string is meant to represent the difficulties of working with typography on the web. But the title stands out to highlight that with the help of this article, typography in web design can be made to stand out. To create this, I hammered nails into a piece of wood to form the title and then wound string from nail to nail multiple times. I designed and art directed this project.
This was part of a poster campaign to encourage university students to appreciate themselves for who they are and promote higher levels of self esteem. Type Doughnuts explores how negative stereotypes in society, like obesity, can help lower a person's self esteem. I took doughnuts, a food that is generally associated with obesity, and created the tagline Create your own kind of cool. Thus saying that it isn't body type that defines cool, it is how unique you are and the way you approach life. I designed and art directed this project.
Feature spread for a zine that focuses on various aspects of graphic design. The feature article discusses how important it is to break away from design rules and trends in order to create something truly spectacular. This piece shows how monotonous design can be if everything follows the same trends with the use of the gray typography. But if designers can break through that wall, or in this case shatter the glass, then their designs can truly stand out.
Commercial advertising the upcoming season of Aggie baseball. I used high contrast lighting to create a more dramatic effect in an attempt to highlight the intensity of the Aggies championship run the year before. I was the director, dp and editor of this project.
Animated advertisement for the Small Satellite Conference. The theme for the conference was The Commerce of Small Satellites. The concept of this animation plays with the idea of placing an finite price tag on space missions. I storyboarded and animated this project.
I Am Switzerland
A short film highlighting the experiences and feelings of the USU graphic design study abroad in Switzerland. While traveling through Switzerland on this study abroad, I shot this film and wrote the narrative. This film was meant to capture the essence of the program. The things that don't come with a course curriculum, rather, the emotions you experience.