Blend 3015 is one of the Advanced Motion Methods assignments from School of Motion. The futuristic project represents the 500th Blend Conference being held on Mars. We were to animate the provided boards with a music selection of our choice. No script or voiceover was needed and there was no set length for the piece.

I was drawn to this assignment as soon as I saw the fun design and colour palette. I meticulously chose the soundtrack (like I always do) which helped me dictate the tone of the piece.
The transitions were one of my main focuses. Like many motion projects, clever and/or purposeful transitions can be a struggle. Structuring the concept so that the frames and the elements were harmonious were also kept in mind in the planning stages. Like many projects, changes with some transitions and animations were made as the project progressed as some initial ideas were not working out.
Animating this scene of dancing shapes was one of the longest, if not, the longest part of the entire project. Having said that, it was one of the scenes I really enjoyed working on. You can say I somewhat plowed through the ideation of each shape in order to speed things up. I think I did a pretty good job animating one shape after another using the first idea that came to mind. At the end of the day, animating 15 of these bad boys still takes time.
Below are some transitions using match cuts; okay well the first one involves a bit more. Match cuts was a lesson in Advanced Motion Methods which taught the students that complex transitions aren't always needed and that it saves a lot of time especially if the budget does not allow the time needed. Just as importantly, using match cuts can also be the most appropriate approach which can still deliver results just as satisfying as complex transitions.
Role: Animation

Instructor: Sander van Dijk
TA: Jacob Richardson
Illustration and Design: Gareth O'Brien and Lucas Brooking
Music: “Misty” by Slynk (YouTube Audio Library)
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This work was created as a homework assignment for the Advanced Motion Methods course from School of Motion, Inc.

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