Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Seed of Change

Seed of ChangeThis fresh piece called The Seed of Change was inspired by the music and by the conflict of man vs. nature. The theme of using technology in harmonious ways with nature was the goal of the piece.

Animators, Martin Thoburn and Aaron Mustamaa were responsible for the compositing. Traditional animator Mike Bielenda created the flash-based character animation, including the dramatic exploded robo-hand midway through the video.

The video was composited in After Effects 6.5, combining heavily-manipulated digital photos with graphic elements from Photoshop and Illustrator. The growing florae were created using a unique masking technique to achieve their organic and fluid motion. Textures such as wood, watercolor paper, and dirt were used throughout, as well as a strict color palette to establish the overall visual style.

The team's main inspiration, however, came from the music track: Hoarse by electronic artist, Cepia. The video was completed at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

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