For Picture, Symbol, Icon, we have been asked to come with various aspects of a fictional social media platform for artists and designers to share animated typography called ‘Letters Home’. The first part of the brief was to create a short animated GIF exploring typography and letterform through an investigation of one letter of the alphabet. At first I couldn’t decide on one letter so I just chose ‘S’ seeing as my name begins with it. I started by sketching in my sketchbook, playing about with typography and random words and objects that could be animated into an ‘S’. After writing down stationary, I came up with my idea which was to animate paperclips unfolding and folding back into shape.
I then decided that the easiest way to animate this was through stop motion animation, so I set up my camera and tripod and started taking photo’s. I had two different sizes of paperclip so I decided to have one bigger on in the middle and a smaller one either side to add a bit of change in scale. However when I began taking photo’s the larger one wouldn’t stay upright by itself so I stopped taking photos of that composition and changed it so that all three paperclips were the smaller size to allow me to take the photos consistently. I still animated the photo’s from the first composition to show my process through this brief.
It took me quite a while to animate the final gif as quite a few frames had to be included to make it loop more smoothly. I am pretty happy with the final gif, I like the minimal look of it. However I didn’t realise that the gif had to be portrait until I had taken all the photo’s so I had to edit them all to be the right way round, which proved to be quite difficult to minimise the compositional movement between each frame. The framing is more zoomed in than I wanted as a result. I’m still happy with the final result though.