Created by Iina Kuula, Yulia Pak, Oona Seppänen and Sindy Giraldo (Tamk)
Being interested in Motion graphics and Music video production, we decided to create a project that would allow us to work with special effects, including “Trapcode Suite”, a set of Plug-ins for After Effects that can create really interesting graphics and which is used in Tv and in many movies such as Sin City, Angels and demons, Spiderman 3 and more.
We thought it would be a great opportunity to learn this plug-in and develop our basic knowledge in After Effects.
The project started on November 2013 by Iina Kuula, Yulia Pak, Oona Seppänen and Sindy Giraldo.
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The first step was to find an artist that would be interested to get a free music video. We set up a Facebook page where we gave the possibility for interested artists to submit their songs. In the end we got about 40 songs, from which we chose a german artist called “Vivant”.
After getting the song, we started to brainstorm and work on the concept, having online meetings with the artist and manager and scheduling the process.
After having a basic idea of the concept, we decided to search for a dancer, make up artist and fashion designer. We got an amazing help from Alessandra Bernard (13Media) being the dancer and helping us with make-up and hair. The dress was designed by Tara Kari who created it in really short time.
All shootings were filmed in 3-4 days in our schools studio using green screen background to allow us to work better in post production with the special effects. Setting the light was one of the main things to get the best result for keying. We got inspiration by Akira Seppänen’s lighting technique.
The next steps were the hardest ones.

We spent days selecting the right clips and we started to learn the best ways of keying and cutting. Next step was to share the script between us four and work on montage, compositing  and Trapcode. It was really challenging to learn trapcode in such a short timeline but all of us ended up doing great things with it.
Unfortunately we had only one computer that had Trapcode plug-in installed. So we spent around 1 and half week sleeping in school´s basement, taking shifts to use Trapcode computer and work.  It was pretty intense and problems came up really easily, but we managed to make it work.
After having all the clips rendered, putting them together and color correcting them was the next step.
The final product was delivered in the end of August and it was a relief to get positive feedback from the artist and manager.

The project took around 10 months to complete. We are pretty satisfied with the result but overall we are glad to have learned so much and to be able to say :”we have done a music video bi***es” .
We hope to have the opportunity to work on some other music video one day.
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We used mostly Trapcode Mir, Particular, Form, SoundKey and Lux.
Mir creates geometrical shapes as in our first scene particles, snake, kaleidoscope and net part.

Particular creates groups of particles and we used them in snake scene and projection.
Form is able to follow a 3d shape and work on his surface creating particles and more. We used it in wall part, projection, kaleidoscope.
Soundkey is used to make whatever shape react to music.

Lux is a simulator of light that gives so much more options then default lights in After effects.

The whole project ended around August 2014 and released today 12.09.2014


Music: Vivant - Find yourself
Production crew: Yulia Pak, Oona seppänen, Iina Kuula & Sindy Giraldo
Model and dancer: Alessandra Bernard
Costume designer : Tara Kari
Producer: Tamk

Adobe After effects + Trapcode + Keylight 1.2
Adobe Speedgrade
Adobe Premiere

Advanced Media Techniques Workshop was held on 25 - 29 August 2014, led by Antti Perälä.

The main goal, learning outcome of the course was to help the students to acquire the insight and skills needed to apply a specific Media Techniques subject.

Shooting video with green screen for one of the assignments.
This course was mainly about video codecs and formats, export and import of video files and working with Adobe Premiere software. There were two days of contact teaching and three days of independent working with assignments. 

I must say, it was one week well spent. Thank you!

Fine Arts students on Seili

"The 6th Baltic Sea Film Festival" took place on island of Seili, in Turku archipelago, on 28th of August. 

At the dock of Seili, the group shot
Modern technology meeting native inhabitant
Over the past six years the group of second year students at Tamk Programme of Fine Arts has visited Seili yearly. This year is  the 50th Jubileum year of the Archipelago Research Institute which is run by University of Turku. 

17 students and four teachers spent an enthusiastic week on the sunny and not so sunny, sometimes even rainy island, learning about the video technique and even from the biology of the Baltic sea. 

Arsi Keva's informative graphic on the process of shooting video

Each of the students worked both in groups and filmed video material on location and created video art which was premiered in an evening gala. Due to the jubileum year, the selected works of the previous year’s were handed over to the Head of the Institute, Professor Ilppo Vuorinen.
In the evening gala, students introducing their works.

The first-year students for arts, interactive media and music production have now arrived at Finlayson - and of course, the same goes for the (Finnish speaking) film & television students!

Oh and by the way, if any of you first-year students read this, I've got a tip of how you can get (almost) free movie tickets! How? Just write a story and take a few pics and send them to this blog space, or to me (carita.forsgren@tamk.fi). Of course, the story should have something to do with your studies... After the blog post has been published, you can get your movie tickets from the office.

-- Blog post by CF  / 13.8.2014 --