Express ideas through digital image making (3.1, 3.2)

Exploring composition and structure using AfterEffects

I wanted to create a variety of different compositions for my image sequence, to add variety and a visual narrative for the duration of the song. I began with a spherical asset and applied a variety of different filters and effects to change its appearance.


I wanted to create movement that resembled water or a liquid-like substance based on the qualities of Neptune and to reflect the tone and tempo of the music piece.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-58-21.png

Using Turbulent Displace and Glow and key framing the evolution and intensity of these effects produced a nice effect that resembles ripples, this will fit nicely in the mid section of the Neptune arrangement.

The beginning of my piece of music was challenging to animate, therefore I decided to use the Audio Spectrum to compliment the tempo of the music. To achieve this I imported my audio file and generated the Spectrum from it.


From here I edited the how sensitive the spectrum is to the music, the colour and the general appearance and overlaid over one of my assets to create a dynamic composition for the purpose of the festival. The result is a sequence that reacts with the audio, suiting the opening music.


To create an interesting variety to my image sequence, I tried to make different compositions and movements of images as an interpretation of the music and what Neptune represents.


In AfterEffects I used the Particle Playground and Blur effects to create a smoke-like object that would react with other assets I had created. I thought this would evoke the atmosphere of Neptune, as well as move fluidly with the music.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-10-59-24.png

Overlaying the Scattered layer I created earlier, brought a really dynamic quality to the composition. As time progresses in this sequence, I used keyframes to add a rotation and size change to the image.

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During storyboarding and when I listened to the track, there was a section of the audio that I thought would work well to a revolving Neptune ‘landscape’. I created this animation by using the Flo Motion and Sphere effect tools, it created a strange alien-esque image. I enhanced this by using the rotate and size tools and key framing the sequence to give the impression of movement. I believe I effectively achieved what I envisioned, using AfterEffects tools to accomplish this.

Exploring composition and structure using PremirePro

Once I had created my image sequences, rendered and exported them ready to assemble in Premiere Pro, I began to piece together the final sequence.

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Once I had imported the audio file sent to us by the client, I could begin to structure how the sequence would progress. Some of the clips I had created in AfterEffects needed to fit the pace of the music better. To achieve this, I simply altered the speed/duration by either reducing or increasing until it the motion better fit with the music. This was important as the task was to create a visual response to the music, so it was important to make sure it didn’t appear out of sync.

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I used transitions between my clips to signify or react to tempo or tonal changes in the music, thinking this would look effective at the festival and to keep it engaging for the audience members who will be attending. The transitions I used were soft, often causing the separate clips to blend together, I chose these to in keep with the music and the qualities of Neptune, being ‘mystical’ and dream like.


Here I used the cross zoom to cut between two image sequences that had spherical qualities to them, which looked dynamic and created a connectivity between the two visuals, I felt this helped add to the visual narrative of the sequence. I used the structuring and ordering of the clips to help create unity between the visuals and the progression of the audio clip itself.

Below are some of my favourite stills from the image sequence I have created with the aid of both Photoshop and AfterEffects, that I believe evoke the essence, image and qualities of both Neptune the planet and Neptune the musical piece by Gustav Holst:

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Final Response

Here is my finished sequence in response to the brief we were set

Neptune Gustav from alienmom helen on Vimeo.


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