Where It All Began
From what I could remember for me the era of motion graphics really started about 2 to 3 years back. It was kind of one of them moments when someone ask’s you what do you love doing, and the first thing I could think of was films and graphics, being able to intertwine them both. At that time in particular I didn’t know the term motion graphics which was informed to me by Tudinh, yes Tudinh. So I guess you could say it sort of kicked off with this talk I had with Tudinh. My interest of motion graphics started to grew onto me which lead me to tudinh arranging a meeting with Prince. Seeing as Prince already had a background in this field it was really interesting to see his engagement and understanding of what is motion graphics. By the end of our discussion I had that feeling of certainty like as if all my life I’ve been waiting for this moment of reassurance. Funny enough literally after this moment I dived right into motion graphics and started working. It was then later on my friend Prince introduced me to the work of “Prologue” a post production house most recently and notably the 2010 academy awards, the films “Tron Legacy” and “Iron Man 2″. It was here really when everything shooted off, as I felt I found exactly the type of stuff I would love to do. That moment of looking at the work of “Prologue” became my backbone of inspiration and even till now I still find their work most inspiring.
The Ticket Of My Dreams
Exactly 22 June 2011 16:49:57 a call from prologue took me totally by surprise. I know this may sound really cheesy and sad but that call and hearing the words “Hello this is Kyle from prologue studios” made me speechless. I must say it was one of them calls that you never expect so when he said, ” Is this keko”, I had to pause to actually think if he had the right person. Personally I was in a state of shock with a slight degree of nervousness, as I didn’t want anything to go wrong. But crazy enough everything went great and more importantly by the end of it I was offered an internship program for my summer break. The moment I hung up I ran into my brothers room and shouted I’m going to LA! And then straight downstairs to my parents, it was one of the happiest moments in my life so far. I just felt I had to share it with everyone more importantly my two top friends that I felt I was able to get so far because of them. My greatest friends and teachers Mr. Tudinh Duong and Prince Yiadom.
It feels like it was just yesterday when they both told me about motion graphics for the first time. And now in a matter of couple of years I have landed myself in the heart of motion graphics with one of the most epic studio in California.
The Waiting Process
Shortly after my call with prologue everything was in motion already my visa request was drafted and everything slowly started to get real. I was still not sure what was going on, it felt like everything was moving so fast but I was still waiting around. I must say it was kind of still fresh to me, I was still nervous in the sense that this is something I was set out to do last year but now that it is actually happening I’m not sure if I’m ready.
Its has been now couple of weeks since the first initially call, I have been in contact with prologue back and fourth just sorting out the last few details before I’m off. Its now slowly getting me as I’m sorting out the major details of where I’m staying and the visa issues.
Here are some of the clips and sequences that were most inspiring for me from prologue’s work collection:
The Iron Man Collection:
I Just love how all their objects are in this wireframe perspective which makes the graphics even more aesthetically pleasing. From the small intricate details to the large planes of graphics, it is purely amazing how they have formed each part of the graphics and complied them together.
The amount of detail that goes into each frame is spectacular, its all these small elements which give that more realistic feel of futuristic technology. When I look at these frames it helps me understand how important small details can be. As much as the big elements count the small elements compliment them giving us the full feel of the wireframes. More importantly the small elements create a more intensifying visual aesthetic.
The Periodic Table
This has to be by far my favourite piece, when i first saw this i went crazy. The way how each of the objects move within space is amazing. I love how when he goes up to the periodic table and starts to click on them, each section pops outs as if its some sort of puzzle. To create such an effect what they have done is that track the objects to the motion of the camera, as the camera pulls away so does the the table. In result this gives the 3D feeling of the objects floating in space. Truly epic, You should definitely check out the video below which shows the table in action.