In 2011 I was really excited to create my first animated title sequence for the independent film, ‘Let Go,’ directed by Brian Jett. I also created nine animated time-lapse interstitials for the film. It was awesome working with Brian as a Director on the sequence as Brian gave me a lot of license within his vision for the sequences and his notes were very specific and spot on.
For the nine animated time-lapse interstitials, Brian wanted the following scenes, evocative of Los Angeles: Fence, Suburban, Couch, Venice Lofts, Skyline, Freeway, Hockney House in the Hills, Santa Monica Pier and Ferris Wheel, Palm Trees. The interstitials were a lot of fun to create and they also allowed me to expand my After Effects skills while incorporating the following effects: tilt-shift effect, time-lapse effect, car lights and city lights. Probably my favorite sequence is the poolside sequence that is inspired by Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Splash.’ I went through a big Hockney phase when I started art college.
With the time-lapse LA sequences I thought I would create very detailed environments in 3D in After Effects, complete with 3D buildings. I created the Venice Loft scene this way (the first scene I created), but for all the work setting up a 3D space built up of 3D buildings I decided that flatter buildings worked just as well when creating the environments. Above is an image of some of the props I built for the time-lapse LA sequences – I created lots of 2D prop elements to add visual variety to the urban environments, including, power poles/lines, ladders, aerials, bushes, flowers, plants, cars etc.
‘Let Go’ is a great romantic comedy starring, David Denman (from The Office), Gillian Jacobs (from Community), Ed Asner (yes, that Ed Asner :), and Kevin Hart (comedian). It’s available as a vod on both Amazon Prime and Netflix.