Animated action scenes

After learning how time-consuming animation is, I feel more and more impressed when I see animation fights. One of my favorite comes from a fight between the Furious Five and Tai Lung on the bridge. Here is a clip of that scene.

Art in game design at Penn

At the beginning of this year I was involved in a video game design club at Penn called UPGRADE. I didn’t stick to it because of time commitment issues. However, the games they are designing are pretty impressive as well as the 3D modelling they have been incorporating. Their project is called the Animancer. They…

Movie trailers and our mini docs

When editing our mini documentary for project 4, I kept thinking about elements of movie trailers that always stood out to me: prominent music, voiceovers, and significant scenes. This article was an interesting read because it talks about how the process of making a trailer for a movie, and I was surprised to know that…

Can animation technology get *too* good?

This article was my first introduction to the new adaptation of the Jungle Book, called Mowgli, on Netflix. The author says that the method for creating animal characters out of a star studded cast was pretty time-consuming and technical, writing that the effects “rely heavily on motion-capture performances, where human actors wear special gadgetry that allows their movements…

Color Studios: Gunna

Color Studios has quickly becomes one of my favorite youtube channels. They essentially bring on artists to perform in their studio and pick a designated color backdrop for every video. Each video focuses on the aesthetics of blending sound and visuals. For me it is so visually pleasing. Please go watch this!

Finding myself producing art beyond class

It is currently the dreaded season of having a final project or test in every single class and scrambling on work until winter break. Currently, one of projects that has taken the majority of my time is in my Cloud Computing class. Our task was to form groups of three and try our best to…

Designers create Christmas wrapping paper to support London’s homeless

Recently, I read about how designers all around London were working on a campaign to create wrapping paper that would support the homelessness in the city. The paper was for a charitable, humane cause and the designers also had fun doing it, one of the visionaries behind the idea, Nick Bell, said: “Christmas wrapping paper…

Art in Japan

I am going to Japan for almost two weeks in March and I am very excited. This trip prompted me to examine some Japanese art. One of the most prominent forms of Japanese art is known as sho or shodo (“the way of writing”). It has been practiced for many centuries by samurai, nobles, and ordinary people. I learned…

Stan Lee’s Legacy

Recently this year, we lost one of the most influential writers and artists of all time, Stan Lee. He co-created some of the most classic super-heroes, like Spiderman, the Hulk, Iron Man, and Black Panther, among many more. He was considered to be the godfather of comics, but did not complete his journey without self…

Artistic Apple Advertisements

The video editing aspect of project 4 got me thinking “huh, all these techniques must be useful beyond this class onto other videography!” And the most salient form of videos we see today to me was: Advertisements. I realized that we are exposed (knowingly and unknowingly) to tens and hundreds of advertisements a day, and…