Blend in – Short Animation

The whole animation started when Tianyi saw this wonderful artwork. She then elaborated the artwork into a storyline.

After initializing our storyboard, we prepared the elements to be use in after effects. Most of the assets were hand-painted with watercolor since we aim for a mix media approach, combining traditional and digital art.

We divided the clips among ourselves so we can work individually and combine the clips afterwards. The three of us were able to play around on our own parts, adding personal preference and touch, while still keeping the storyline clear.

One cool experience we had together was the time we were asked to leave TISCH by the guard because it was over 12-midnight at that time. So we have to go to the library to continue our work.

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Tasty ITP edition

I love watching Tasty videos. They were always relieving to watch. Shivani, Sachiko, and I decided to make an ITP edition for our stop motion project.

First, we think of the recipes we could make under three minutes. Because who are we kidding? ITP students do not have time to cook a proper meal. Then we write down random things we could use to substitute our ingredients. For example, post-it notes as cheese, baby powder as salt, sand as pepper, and so on.

We seen most food preparation videos shot on a top view angle, so we set the camera the same way to capture the whole process. In a span of three dishes, we shot nearly 500 frames, with 12 frames being one second.

Reference shot: Tasty Japan

Top View Set:

Here is the final video.

Thoughts and future plans:
We really love the idea of putting ITP found elements into the dish. It helps set the mood and illustrate the fact that students spare their time eating as they do their projects.