You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

Type: Motion Design 

Type: Time-Based Communication, Motion Design

Role: Conceptualizing, filming, editing

Role: Conceptualizing, FIlming, Editing

Timeframe: Jan 2019 -Feb 2019

Timeframe: Feb 2019

Tools Used: Handcrafting, Stop Motion, Premiere Pro, AfterEffects, Illustrator, Procreate

Tools Used: Handcrafting, Premeire, AfterEffects, Procreate

You are Here: A book trailer reminiscent of guided meditation.

You Are Here: A book trailer reminiscent of guided meditation. 

The trailer I’ve developed for the self help book, You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, is an abstract take on one of the concepts author Thich Nhat Hahn explains within his book. The trailer simply describes the ideas of peace and suffering within and between people using paper and different shapes. The trailer itself is meant to act like a guided meditation, since this is essentially what the book is. The intentions behind this trailer is to capture the audience’s attention by making them really think about what the narrator is saying, and relating it back to what they are being presented visually. 


The trailer I’ve developed for the self help book, You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, is an abstract take on one of the concepts author Thich Nhat Hahn explains within his book. The trailer simply describes the ideas of peace and suffering within and between people using paper and different shapes. The trailer itself is meant to act like a guided meditation, since this is essentially what the book is. The intentions behind this trailer is to capture the audience’s attention by making them really think about what the narrator is saying, and relating it back to what they are being presented visually. 

Process

Conceptualizing

The concept for this trailer is to generate interest by expressing a simple concept from the book using abstract visuals. By keeping things abstract, the video forces the viewer to find meaning for themselves, similar to what readers might find themselves doing while reading the book. You are Here is a book that presents it’s lessons simply, because the art of living in the present moment is a simple one. What you see here is an animatic of my book trailer. It's essentially a moving storyboard, used to map out a time-based work. It was the first step into the process of creating this trailer.

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Methods

After conceptualizing, it was time to start working on the video itself. To create this video, I used three methods: pixilation, digital compositing, and rotoscoping. In other words, I did a lot of stop motion, mixed with green screening and a little bit of hand done animation. The idea to use digital compositing came after finding green sheets of origami paper that look just like little green screens. I figured this would be a great way to represent the book abstractly and in an interesting way. This has become a method I constantly experiment with, with personal video projects of mine. 

Select moments from the trailer

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The White Circle

The white circle at the beginning of the trailer and at the end of the trailer represents the ensō, a symbol in Zen Buddhism for enlightenment and peace. This symbol is also present on the cover of the book. By zooming out of the circle at the beginning of the video, and zooming back into it at the end, the trailer conveys the idea that overall, an inner sense of peace is the answer to one’s troubles. 

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Concepts and Ideas of Things

The yellow papers that you see throughout the trailer represent a person. When the paper splits, what you see underneath is a representation of the beliefs and conceptions they hold of the outer world.

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Are you free enough, to give up this idea?

At the end of the video, the trailer zooms into the two sheets of yellow paper, to look deeply at the people underneath. What you see is two people coming face to face with their differences, and asking for forgiveness simply by looking at one another. 

Like what you see? Let's talk about it! 

Like what you see? Let's talk about it! 

Like what you see? Let's talk about it!

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