Disney and Pixar Present the Shining

What the Shining taught me about teamwork

Disney & Pixar present The Shining. I’ll bet that’s a phrase you never expected to hear. Well my friend, teamwork can bring out the unexpected. It can result in something one person couldn’t make.

In this case, it was an assignment: mash up 2+ movies into a title sequence. My partner loved Pixar and I wanted to add something classic. We started with the title sequence from “Monsters Inc.”

As we talked about it, we realized there were a lot of ties between the two movies. The monsters in “The Shining” were less obvious, but no one can say “Here’s Johnny!” without a slight shiver. The doors in the hotel also paralleled the doors in Monsters Inc. We decided to keep the theme as light hearted as any Pixar film.

It was definitely fun to work on this project, but I also got to learn a lot about teamwork in the process. Since you want the motion graphic to look like one piece of art, you really have to work well together. The main takeaways I got from this experience are:

Teamwork is pretty amazing when everyone involved is excited about the final product.

The cool thing about the Journalism school is that most everyone in it is as excited to be there as you are. Everyone cares about what they produce. This is the ideal situation in the professional world as well. If you can join a team who really cares about what they are doing, everything is going to be more fun. Extra hours don’t seem to be a problem if it means the end product is going to be awesome!

You have to come to a joint vision and then put aside your ideas that don’t contribute to that vision.

Honestly, Pixar movies aren’t my thing. I’m more into Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock. Being part of a team means that you’ll get to work with people with different interests that will push you out of your comfort zone into something you wouldn’t think to create otherwise. This does mean though that sometimes you have to push back against your own tendencies if they don’t match the vision of the overall group.

Everyone will have a strength to add to the team, use it to your advantage.

In this project, I didn’t mind doing the detail work of the faces and my partner took the time to figure out how to imitate the iconic blood scene. We divided up the work so that one of us wouldn’t waste our time struggling through a section the other person felt comfortable taking care of. It doesn’t mean you should avoid trying new things, but it does require you to put the needs of the client before your own.
It’s funny to think about what a different movie “The Shining” would be if Disney and Pixar had teamed up with Stephen King to make it, but you can check out a little preview with our title sequence.


I built myself a campfire

I told you I would do some animation this month and I have! I made it for class; the assignment was to create a looping scene and work with the principles of animation.

Honestly, I always watched animation with the assumption that it was some sort of magic that I would never be able to figure out. Obviously there are many people that can do amazing things with animation that I in fact will not ever figure out, but still I was excited to learn that the basics weren’t too tricky!

So for my piece I created this camping scene:

camping scene

After getting feedback, I was able to create this new version where I added a person in the tent, adjusted the movement of the trees and made a few other tweaks.

Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited about it. The whole process was not as complicated as I would have imagined. First you sketch out your storyboard:


Next you create the static illustrator artwork that you will be using in the gif:


You animate it in after effects. Everything I did for this project was 2D so that meant thinking about how an actual motion would happen and recreating it.
Lastly, you use photoshop to create a gif out of all the frames (in my case there were 210.) And that’s it! Not too hard!

Here’s the final!


harry potter

Harry Potter is real life

Gifs are one of my favorite forms of communication and not only because they are basically the same thing as the moving pictures from Harry Potter. I love their simplicity and how quickly people are able to relate to them.

While reaction gifs are in fact the best way to respond to anything, I really just love anything that allows for simple animation. Gifs are great for more intricate animation, but creating animation with code is the most exciting to me.

   Simple looping animations fill the unique design challenge of social media like Instagram, Tumblr or Pinterest. They also work great for loading pages or backgrounds on websites.

   Within the next month I hope to try out some of my own animation, but until then, check out these awesome animations other people have made.