So. As I have a very “ooo look shiney” way of being, meaning my likes and attitude changes so radically that I make snow flake shapes look premeditated. My visual project went from moving patters, to music controlled images, to air guitar gloves controlled images, to typography. To be honest, typography is the one that fitted best.
The Reason = 2015
Two years ago this summer I met the inspiration for me to start my university journey. Paige, now a good friend, came to me while I was walking the dog after my marriage broke down. We got talking and she said she was a uni graduate of BA Film and production. Fascinating. Got me thinking, I want to learn and be qualified.
So I applied to be a teacher. Completed a foundation year but teaching wasn’t for me. Music was the back bone to who I was. So, I applied for CMT. Since then I’ve seen some of Paige’s work, of which is her typography and graphic design business:
It is inspiring, imaginative, creative and fluent… Just like music. Just like art. Sunday April 30th, I decided I was doing typography.
The song September means a lot too. The same year I met Paige was the same year I began DJing. One of the first dance floor filling tunes I played was September by Earth, Wind and Fire.
Part one of this module saw me make a 3 min video in 15 minutes of a fly failing to climb a window:
Part two, I didn’t make a video for as I didn’t know what it was that was required. So, I won’t lie, I blagged it. Went to lesson and talked about what I like the sound of or at least what fascinated me after seeing this video:
So, I wanted my final project to be a fun, colourful, disco typography video. Almost as if the words are performing a dance routine to the music and in traditional form of a disco. Dark room with multiple shapes and sizes of bright colourful lights. Picking the twirly ‘?’ and ‘!’ for questions and answers in the verse, then the word ‘Stars’ written in the shape of stars stealing the word ‘Night’ away as the song suggests. With the small piece of hidden love being the ‘ha ha haiiiiii!!!!’ and the smiling sun. ‘Ha’ being one part of the word happy with a happy sun, sunshine being the personification of the happy feeling to most, other than albinos and vampires. Having the ‘BaaDeeYaa’ include firework like effects while adding my personality to the video through the subliminal messages and not being afraid to use a lot of pink. Everything you see in the video is created using font and text.
My restrictions was the video program I used. Being the tight git I am, I downloaded a free program that watermarked the video and took away the finished 100% quality. Because I took as long as I did for the artistic idea to burst in my brain there is a restriction to my own output. Too many delays with the preview proved to be problematic with timing, causing a few moments to be a little off. Other than that the reaction from the audience, which for this project was my class mates, was exactly what I wanted. They awed at the artistry of how it worked, laughed at the parts I put in for humour and went with me in the journey into disco town.
The course is boring. But only because I have let myself be bored. I have deliberately done the minimum needed to pass instead of utilising every thing I have on offer from the course tutors and university as a whole. Year two will see me expand on typography to incorporate video, moving images and some creative ventures I’m yet to dream up. My end goal being the capacity to provide a production, almost as alliterate as I am able to allow, to anybody. Being able to do anything.
A great man once said: “Gav, you can do anything you set your mind to. It is one of your greatest traits”.
So, maybe I should set my mind to this…and in the words of Magnus Magnusson, I have started so I’ll finish.