Task 4 – Kinetic Typography

Kinetic Typography

Our last task was to create a kinetic typography video for a song or speech or anything like that using Adobe After Effects. Kinetic typography is a way of presenting text in a way that moves around, making it a lot more interesting to watch.

A good example that I like is the lyric video for the song ‘Heart On Fire’ by Clean Bandit.

Below are a bunch of screenshots of the process I went through to create my Kinetic Typography. Firstly I created a background that I wanted to put all the text that would show up on. The song I am using is ‘We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time’ by The Subways, which I have a band t shirt of which is red so that influenced me to use a red background.

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The next step was to add all the words that I wanted to show up, I chose the main lyrics from the chorus as can be seen below.

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After that I had to set out the words how I wanted them to end up at the end as it is much easier to work backwards with the motion to the words than just adding the words in as you go.

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I then started adding movement to the different words now that I knew how they would end up. As the word ‘we’ was sideways I decided to make it swivel in so it would move into place and I also made the word ‘don’t’ fly in at the same time.

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After that I added in the next two words, I changed the word ‘money’ to black to make it stand out more as it was right in the middle of all the text and it was the word that stood out the most in the sentence.

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I added in the words ‘to’, ‘have’ and ‘a’ in next. I made the two words smaller to add more variety to the kinetic typography and I made them swing down right after one another.

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Then I added in the final words to get the same layout as I first started with.

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Finally I had the blank background for the start of the kinetic typography before all the words would come on. I also synced the words with the music so that it fit.

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After Effects Workshop

Green Screen Introduction

This workshop, was a brief introduction to Adobe After Effects and how to use a green screen. I was familiar with how green screens worked so I was fairly confident about the workshop, although I had never used after effects so it was good to learn how to do that. What we did was start by recording a small 5 second clip with photo booth with a green screen held up in the background. We then edited out the green screen on After Effects and made sure the green screen was fully gone by editing the levels. After that we replaces the background and I added a few silly features to it.

Coding Workshop

Processing Workshop

This processing workshop was focused on using float a void commands, and the goal was to create a rectangle on the canvas that would change colour whenever you clicked it. This was different from the other workshop we had where we had to create the random circles because we went about a different, more compact method with the coding than before. I found this a little trickier than the other coding workshop as I had to make sure everything was correct with this method as I was trying not to get the rectangle to change colour by using a long winded method. Below are some screenshots of the code and then the canvas where the rectangle is being created.

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Task 3 – Animation


For this task we were introduced to animation and the history and different ways to animate. We specifically look as the praxinoscope, which used a strip of pictures on the inside of a cylinder with mirrors showing the images which, once spun make the image appear to move.

Our workshop previously with the multiple stills in a sequence helped with this task as we had to create our own strip to place inside a praxinoscope, this is what I drew for mine. It is a simple design with two different lines slowly crashing into each other.

Animation Introduction Workshop

Animation Introduction

In this workshop we were taught how to animate using Photoshop. We were given twelve frames of an animation of a man walking and we shown how to put all the different photos into a timeline in order and then play it to make it look like the man was walking.


To make it a bit more interesting we decided to see if we could make the man spin while he was walking, as if he was doing a dance move spinning on the floor. In the end, there weren’t enough frames for it to work properly so we instead decided to make it seem as if the man was running up a wall and doing a back flip off of it. It was a very helpful and fun workshop to take part in.