The finished video

(the presentation)

So after toiling away for days on end we finally finished this video. The animation was completed by myself, the still battle images (and the editing) were completed by Matthew Hamill and the two stills near the end of the Lightsiders and Darksiders charging at each other were completed by Jennie McWhirter. The type used in the video was written up by John Hay.

Overall I am thrilled with the outcome, though I with I could have had more time to re-do the first few parts of the animation where the Lightsiders and Darksiders are stark black and white. I made their silhouettes a touch cute.

The critique we received was that the black and white look was very atmospheric and that it would have been preferable if it remained so throughout the entirety of the video. That would have meant just using the greyscale tool on the parts with the rustic overlay effect.

I was a little disappointed with the resulting typography. I wrote out everyone’s names on paper in the Lightside/Darkside languages and translated them clearly, yet they somehow got muddled up and people’s names are spelled wrong on several occasions.

The “SplitWorld” written in English at the end of the video was written in a typeface we created the night before hand-in. We were so invested in creating the two distinct languages that we forgot about English. The font we created is legible, though we split each letter in half.

I am also pleased with the musical accompaniment; I think it suits the mood of the video a lot more than the vicious drumbeat we had considered. The violence is harrowing and not fun like a Tarentino movie, and the music reflects that.


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