I’ve decided to take one of the assignments from my Beginning Motion class and extend it into a longer project to complete over winter break. The original assignment was to make a short experiment with Trapcode in After Effects. However, to get even more comfortable with the program I decided to create a longer piece. After looking at a lot of Trapcode tutorials and animation tests I decided it was best to do something simple first, one of which was creating a space scene. And in order to create a context for the space environment I combined it with my addiction to Korean dramas and came to the conclusion that it would be fun to create an opening sequence for a historical Korean drama that takes place in space.
For class I finished a short animation test, however I’ve taken a few steps back and am now spending more time to create visually interesting content to assist the animation. There are two essential elements that I’m working on which are the type and backgrounds. For the type I’m taking a stab at writing the calligraphy myself in Photoshop. Below is what I’ve done for the title of the show. It says “Gyeongbok Eunhaso” which means “Gyeongbok Galaxy”; and Gyeongbok means “Greatly blessed by Heaven” but is normally recognized as the name of the palace located in Seoul.
And I’ve finished a few of the backgrounds as well. They all consist of a digital painting I’ve done as well as something from historical Korea — which are edited versions of pictures I had taken over the summer.
Edit: Here’s the completed piece! The song used in the video is called Opening from The Legend of the First King’s Four Gods OST.