I’ve reached the point in my degree where I’ve realised that the only way I’m going to start learning more skills that will useful to my career is by pushing myself forward and teaching myself new things. This isn’t a knock on my degree, more that at some point we all need to take charge of our own skill progression and it’s good to get into the habit of learning early, as opposed to having to catch up later.
To that end, I’ve approached this from two different angles, firstly, when I have the option, I’ve been doing assignments in video form, and secondly, I’ve been making a series of wrestling-style intros for characters created by the online sketch comedy group LoadingReadyRun, which has given me the chance to work in a couple of different styles and effects. I’ll post a few of my favourite examples below:
Imagine The Future:
I did this as an assignment, accompanying a research paper on potential risks and vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things. It’s a parody of the future speculation videos that tech companies put out, where people’s entire lives revolve around technology and everyone is perfect and happy. There are issues in this video, especially where I keyed out the mobile phone screen, but I’m happy with the overall product, and it gave me a chance to practise skills like motion tracking. Some of the jokes in the video are pretty dark, but I feel like they work in the context of the video.
I really like the way these turned out. I tried to keep them simple, but at the same time try to do a unique visual style for each video. The added bonus of this was that it allowed me to work in a bunch of different styles and really push myself. There are other videos in the playlist, some are a bit silly or intentionally bad, but I think these four are my favourites.