Big Idea – The Finish Line

Team 7Degrees

From (Left to Right): (Back) Bill Sun, JK Shin, Scott Dutertre, Cesar Martinez, Kyle Vandekleut, (Front) Macarena Poo, Patricia Birch, Kris Roberts, Breanne Jansen. 

With Term 4 already begun for DD26 we’ve now had some time to digest and reflect on all the hard work that went into last term. Without a doubt Term 3 was the most demanding 7 weeks we’ve experience thus far at VFS and the “BIG IDEA” project played no small part in that reality. The BIG IDEA course demanded our very best in a number of different capacities. It forced us to focus our energies on the core of what we needed to communicate. It required a great deal of patience in properly handling the dynamics of group collaboration. And it introduced us, in a very real-world type scenario, to the realities of client-work.

If you missed our mid-point reflection for this project be sure to check out that article HERE.

We’d like to share with you the result of all our hard work.

On behalf of Team 7Degrees, here is our final result: DECIDE

DECIDE Microsite


What’s the Big Idea? — Our Experience So Far

From (Left to Right, Back to Front): Kyle Vandekleut, Bill Sun, Scott Dutertre, JK Shin, Macarena Poo, Breanne Jansen, Cesar Velazquez.

Term 3 is now well underway for us DD26′ers and, with that, we find one area demanding our attention more than anything else.

Throughout the first four months of our year at VFS we heard frequent mention of the “BIG IDEA” project that we would soon encounter. At that time, it was just another one of the many exciting things to come! Now in the midst of it, however, “exciting” probably wouldn’t be the adjective of choice for most of my classmates (see: demanding, challenging, stressful, etc.). But, all things considered, there is definitely light at the end of that tunnel.

Much like how training wheels provide stability and safety for someone new to riding a bike, so too do our instructors — Gagan Diesh & Tiffany Hamilton — provide that network of support and guidance, particularly when learning to work with real clients.

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Cinemagraphs : More than a Moment

The first time I stumbled upon a cinemagraph online I knew I had found something special. This aptly phrased photograph/video hybrid was coined and created by artistic photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg. It seems to break down the conventions of film and photography by intersecting the two, isolating an area, and creating the illusion of cyclical movement through sequential still images.

Now, far be it from me to generalize the feelings of every photographer, but I would venture to say that one of the reasons photography has such a large appeal and appreciation is because it allows the artist to capture an instant. A shutter snap in time. A moment that exists but once, never to be revisited. There is something very poetic about that. I find these images allow you to experience that poetry in motion as an infinite loop, holding your interest for an extended length of time. I find myself increasingly curious, the longer the images repeat. What’s her name? How long has she been sitting there? Why is she pulling off the flower petals? I want to BE there as well. The sights, the smells, the emotions. I want to know more of her story.

But, this moment is all I get.

For more examples of the cinemagraph visit Ann Street Studio.

Dstrukt : Inspiration For Motion Design

Still from Dstruck Showreel

Some 6-7 years ago I first came across the motion design work of Christopher Hewitt — otherwise known as Dstrukt.

His 2006 Showreel was the single largest element that contributed to my absolute infatuation with Motion Design. Up until that point, I had never experienced a showcase of work that moved me so profoundly in such a short amount of time (1:30).
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