The week of furious editing to create 6 music videos – background visuals for MEIPR’s gig at Snottys Seaside, in Stockholm, last night was achieved! The night before the gig! And above you can view the first of the series: Sommersonne:
Sommersonne is taken from the Alvaret Tape Rekording release EgalitÈ (ATR010) 2018. It’s a lovely piece of Ambient Industrial music. A great blend of organic and synthetic sounds.
It was a fun challenge to see what I could come up with, after receiving firm instructions / restrictions from the band: “ideally black and white, no people, cars or modern objects… something blurry / out of focus, weird, distorted…blurry, distorted shapes or flashing lights is fine…” – but also, the challenge I set myself, was how to make each one unique, properly reflect the source music and if possible add to the experience…
Somehow, in the process, I decided on taking random pictures of strong organic plant forms and a summer sunset and stumbled upon a way of twisting them into synthetic childlike forms that I’d loved as a child, when looking through toy kaleidoscopes…
You can see Track 3 of their 6-track set here:
The rest of the videos will follow over the next coming weeks.
Hopefully you will enjoy them and you’ll agree, like the crowd who attended the gig seemed to do, that the visuals did indeed add to the experience. Although when some sync issues were encountered, I’m not sure how much it messed with people’s heads at times, rather than added positively. At times it felt like combat, wrestling between the images and the notes. But maybe it was just me who knew each track and visual so well by then?
It was definitely educational to me, to see the same videos I’d worked on played live, with video projection over the artists and with the volume of the music, it had quite the sensory impact! Definitely worth seeing such a gig live if you get the chance. And it was cool to see the other bands and their unique visuals too. Each unique and complimentary experiences.
I digress alot, you’ve probably noticed that. One day I am all about the writing and the next day it might be filmmaking… Luckily I have met a few people who have far more extreme interest swings than myself, so I know I’m not the only one and also that I often have it under control to some extent. Today I was searching for a 3D text tool and luckily my random and whip-fast attention span took me to this website quite by accident and I am glad I did!
In their own words “If you have never used scripts before, you are missing out. These extensions to your AFter Effects arsenal can be invaluable. There are tons to choose from, they do a wide range of tasks, and new ones are being developed all the time. Lloyd Alvarez, our former editor actually runs AEscripts.com, an online marketplace and central hub for everything scripts in the AE Universe.”
I know great tools when I see them and these are great tools! The best bit is the pay-your-own-price business method. Why should there be piracy and theft when you can pay what you can towards rewarding the designers of tools that you will hopefully get much use out of and don’t have to break the bank to do it?
I am learning more about BLENDER – a powerful open source 3D program. The more I learn about this program the more I like it. It’s just a pity the interface has such a steep learning curve, beyond other more well known [and very expensive] programs. But don’t be deterred if you are thinking of learning it! There are masses of YouTube vids, websites and communities devoted to sharing the wealth of knowledge; as well as the excellent books and DVDs that you can buy to help fund more development of the tool, see what can be achieved with it and use the free source files to have a go yourself.
I am back on the Motion Graphics trail, having to brush up on my After Effects and Motion skills, having been given a boot up the arris by seeing that Mark Christiansen has released an update of his excellent After Effects Studio Techniques book to the latest AECS4 and I am still working on AE7; and if I don’t do it now, by the time I do finish working my way through his book it will be very out of date! With that in mind I see that Computer Arts have posted some excellent Motion graphics tips, as well as those brilliant guys from VideoCopilot.