Compositing & Post Production

Motion graphic promotional advert about me.


For my sequence about me I have chosen to do a short, 40-seconds video demonstrating my skills, knowledge, and passion for technology. I’ve kept my sequence as simple as possible so the focus remains on the demonstration.

My sequence:

Starts with my iPhone in hand, then I ask Siri to “tell me about Kristian”, to which Siri replies “Okay Kristian, why don’t I show you on the big screen…”. I move the iPhone down and out of view to reveal my iMac where the first animation is playing, this animation shows my web design, development, and programming skills. Then it transitions to the left quickly to show my MacBook where the second animation is playing, this animation shows my knowledge of Apple pro apps, and Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Then it transitions down quickly to show my iPad where the third animation is playing, this animation shows my travel hobbies, along with social networks I’m on, and my email address. Then it transitions up quickly to show my iPhone again now with my website’s link shown.


I found this topic difficult to settle on because it is representing myself and requires a certain amount of self-evaluation of my skills, knowledge, hobbies, and such. Originally I wanted to demonstrate my web design and development skills by using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create various animations across different devices, however I ended up deviating away from the actual task even though the results were looking and so I decided to create these animation using Adobe After Effects, while still keeping the idea of having them across different devices. The devices I chose are my iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and iMac, which I decided to use because of my passion for technology and a nod to my internship at Apple last year.

There were several influences of my sequence; there were personal influences from my website (epickris.com) and business cards, I was also influenced by advertisements featuring Apple’s Siri. I felt that I should keep the style inline with my website so if the sequence on my website it would fit in.

There were several stages of creating my sequence, which started with creating the animation using Adobe After Effects, then filming the devices with the animations playing, then finally editing the sequence together, adding the transitions and audio.

The “Siri” animation shows me asking Siri to “tell me about Kristian”, to which Siri replies “Okay Kristian, why don’t I show you on the big screen…”. To create this animation I needed an iPhone screen recording, and the voice of Siri. Fortunately, using QuickTime X, I was able to record and capture my iPhone’s screen, and using Automator and OS X’s Samantha voice, I created an Automator script that takes text and creates a sound file using the Samantha voice, the voice is identical to Siri, I chose to use the United States Siri voice instead of the United Kingdom Siri voice so it was more recognisable. I then had to hide Siri’s response on the screen, I masked out the response area and added my own text with identical animations.

The “iMac” animation shows my web design, web development, and programming skills. The first part of this animation shows my name swinging in; I used 3D text to create this effect. Then there’s the web designer skill with a ripple of colour, which rotates out; I used a masked background to create the ripple of colour effect, and 3D circle and text. Then there’s the web developer skill which types out along the screen; I used an in-built text transition for this. Then there’s the programming skill which shows various programming languages before showing programming; I used a mixture of 3D text and masked backgrounds to create the colour effect.

The “MacBook” animation shows my knowledge of Apple Pro Apps, and Adobe Creative Cloud apps. The first part of the animation shows the Aperture icon and a bloom of Adobe Creative Cloud apps; I used 3D layers to achieve the bloom look, it was important to use orientation along with the standard rotation controls to achieve the overlapping look. Then the Aperture icon morphs into the Motion logo, I used a radial blur whilst fading between the two icons. Then there’s a flash of white to reveal the Final Cut Pro and Compressor icons.

The “iPad” animation shows my hobbies and email address. The first part of the animation shows a globe with enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures; I used a 2D vector map as a mask by copying the paths from Adobe Illustrator to a coloured image, then used CC sphere to wrap the map around a sphere which I animated, the 3D text has a mask applied to appear with parts of the map. Then my email address is typed along the screen as before.

The “iPhone” animation shows my website’s link. This has been composed like the “Siri” animation and uses the same mask.

After creating the animations I added padding to the iOS device animations as required so when filming no playback controls were displayed at the beginning or end of the animations, this was only necessary for the “Siri”, “iPad”, and “iPhone” animations as I used Remote Desktop to playback the videos on the other devices and they don’t display the playback controls without moving the mouse.

The animations were loaded onto all the devices, ready for filming. I first filmed me holding my iPhone asking Siri to “tell me about Kristian”, after Siri responds “okay Kristian, why don’t I show you on the big screen…”, I move my hand away to reveal my iMac where the “iMac” animation begins playing. I then filmed my MacBook playing the “MacBook” animation, and repeated this with my iPad. Finally I filmed me holding my iPhone with the “iPhone” animation. After filming, I also recorded myself asking Siri to “tell me about Kristian”.

The clips were filmed in order and as such were placed in order in the timeline, I cut the clips to and appropriate length by trimming the beginnings and ends of the clips.

On first clip, there is a slight gap between the iPhone moving out of view and the “iMac” animation beginning so I used time remap to bridge the gap between those two sections.

I used the push transition between the animation, you’ll notice how the last element of the from animation appears to go to the next animation, the push transition matches this direction. I’ve also added a fast blur effect between the clips so they appear to be going fast. I’ve set the fast blur direction to also match the transition.

Filming screens can often result in artefacts appearing, so I superimposed the animations onto the device screens after filming them. I used Adobe After Effects’s perspective corner pin motion tracking to match the animations to the screen.

I used Adobe Dynamic link between my Adobe Premiere Pro sequences and Adobe After Effects compositions, this helped with the live updating of content between the two apps. However, this did cause render times to increase, but by simply closing either app, then rendering, seemed to solve this issue.