Digital Media Design


Principals of Computer Graphics – Personal Portrait – Final Polish

Wednesday 24th November 2010 Principals of Computer Graphics

What worked and what didn’t – Principals of Computer Graphics

My first attempt at producing the Montage as a video worked technically but the soundtrack was a unsuitable choice and I personally felt the video could be improved with the addition of some explanatory text and additional video footage of myself produced within the last few months. However after a discussion with my tutor Liam it was felt that I’d gone too far with the text and had changed the overall impression of the video to be almost like a video CV.

The changes – Principals of Computer Graphics

First of all the text had to go leaving the images to stand alone and therefore allowing the audience to apply their own interpretation on what they saw in the images, in effect deriving their own meaning. I also looked at how the Montage was constructed as it was felt that I was possibly being too linear in my approach by having all the

Ian Hunt – Personal Portrait Montage

Individual images appearing identically from the left and exiting to the right. As I was very happy with the original layout of the Montage I decided to look again at how the Montage was constructed and after several trials I decided to work in reverse by starting with a completed Montage and de-constructing it. Using the Opacity control and key frames and video start points to set the sequence of how the individual images appeared. I kept the effect used to de-construct the Montage – using the spin away effect as this simulates my idea of time spinning away – time / years gone by. Finally I made some changes to the recent video footage and importantly ending the entire sequence with a full screen video image of myself but adding the effect of solarisation to tie the video footage in with the Montage images which used a similar visual effect (Poster Edges).

Soundtrack – Principals of Computer Graphics

I decided I didn’t want a soundtrack that would overpower the effect of the images and deliberately chose a low key neutral sound that nevertheless had a mysterious element to it. The track chosen was also copyright free.

Audience Impression – Principals of Computer Graphics

What do I want an audience to get from my Personal Portrait? I want them to see the passage of time, identify how visual appearance changes with time and also see what things may be important to me, that is Family, Animals, Cars and Motorcycles – of course these are not all the things which are important to me but they have helped to shape me into becoming who I am today. They will also get an alternative impression of who what I am generated by the differences between the two mediums I’ve chosen for my portrait – the still images contrasting with the video footage seemingly creating  two different people? Of course I’d be happy if the audience came away with more questions than answers, as these tend to last in peoples minds more than the neatly packaged products delivered by the mainstream media industry.

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