Light writing was was all the craze in 2008 (i.e. Sprint commercials) but I never had the time, or the means, to mess with it. Well, the time has come! …even if I’m two years late. The principal behind this effect is to motion track a fluid movement to which you then apply a streaking light strand to. You could easily achieve this in still photography by using a long shutter speed. It’s a bit harder with moving images though. My example here could probably use some tweaking to make it look more organic but i wanted to get the technique down first. What i find to be the real challenge is to actually write, or draw, something that looks good and legible at the same time. I guess that’s where the artistry comes in.
Bridesmaid, a short film by Jennifer Sanderson, is now ready to hit the 2010 festival circuit! The story has a fresh spin on the tradition of marriage, offering a few turns and surprises along the way. Jennifer, who’s not only a talented writer/director but also a super-nice person, was a pleasure to work with. (And she’s a skillful editor, I must add!) My job was to create title and chapter cards that would reflect the visual style and the mood of the film and also bring the chapters together as one cohesive piece. Here is an example of the cards but you’ll have to wait just a bit longer to see the short.