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Originally starting this project, my theme was based around the term “monachopsis” (n. the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings). Changing directions I kept the concept of feeling “alive”, but wanted to focus more so on emotions of feeling empowered from loss and love. When I mention loss, an example would be growing from negative experiences. As for love, this could be from the traditional meaning, but I also wanted to hone in on self-love within negative scenarios. By styling the type and including poetry, my vision was executed and brought to fruition.


Phase I

Beginning with creating a static piece I made five images, each maintaining a letter that formed the word alive. Within each image, branching off of the letters are passages that speak about self-acceptance.

Phase II

Challenging myself, I wanted to add movement to my project. To do so, I utilized a program that I have never had a hands-on experience with, After Effects.

Pulling the passages outside of the original images that I created, I placed them into my project file and gave each of them a fade-in effect to invoke feeling. Accompanying the passages I laid a musical track to add on to the emotive piece.

Moving on to later passages, I left them in their original structure from the images that I created and them fade in as a whole vs fading in word-by-word. I then added slight movement by having each line drift away from each other.

Finalizing the project, the letters to alive are animated back in using an effect that I created where the fill to each letter would slide in from different directions.

Simultaneously while this happens, the outline of each letter is slowly drawn in.

While all of this is happening, the camera pans out to reveals the complete word and the passages fade back in. The effect then reverses without the pan and the piece comes to an end.

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