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Instagram loops

Instagram loops

The handy thing about uploading videos to Instagram is how they endlessly loop, which can create some interesting effects. Here’s a handful of abstract animations I made, all inspired and fired by a wicked client project, and then uploaded to IG, just a good deal bigger than your phone display…

1. Developed as part of the Vizzi project, this is a simple experiment with a noise effector turning a Plexus cube into a sphere, and back again.  Ad infinitum…

2. Back in 2002 or so, pro skater Ali Boulala tried ollieing down 25 stairs.  On the second attempt, he kicked the board away and the photo shot by Olivier Chassignole ran in Skateboarder soon after.  Nobody went near them again until Thrasher Magazine went back there last year with enormous gap specialist Aaron Homoki and put the landed trick on the cover of their February 2016 issue, which gave me the idea to do something with the original photo.  It took way longer than I thought, building up a fake environment, aligning small groups of steps into 25000 steps, rebuilding the walls, all that fun stuff – such a royal pain in the hole for a 5 second clip…

3.  Just spinning some cubes about in Element 3D.  Not much more to it than that…

4. You can’t polish a turd.  You can throw glitter on it, but it’s still a turd.  An exploration in modelling a comedy shit, wanging some glitter at it and trying to make it look the part, as shits do…

5.  Putting the Yes into polYESter.  Because somebody always does, and with panache too, oooh yeah.

6.  Don’t sweat the technique – one of the finest basslines EVER in music.  I liked it so much I thought I’d make an infinite loop with some totally hip, and totally un-hiphop, typography.

Useless/useful into – I animated “Technique” with 4 different instances of 3D stroke with the taper set to on, slightly offset by a frame or 2 to give that subtle colour hint.

Bumbehbumbumbombumbom, bumbehbumbumbombumbom, umbehbumbumbombumbom, bumbehbumbumbombumbom……

1. Atomic nucleus – used this as part of the Vizzi project, which incidentally led me to get my shit together and start using IG for all this sort of stuff…
2. Concentric circles, staggered – lots of expressions controlling Stroke’s Start and End parameters, using another expression to delay them and animated them in based on their layer order.  Pretty much everything is essentially controlled through a couple of keyframes.
3. Little fish, big fish, cardboard box – technotechnotechnotechno.
4. This is how we chill – kill all that whack shit – a deeper exploration on the same method i used on the concentric circles part.