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Building a Static Site (with Hugo)

Well, that took longer to complete than expected (as always). After experimenting with Docpad for a while I stumbled onto a number of other static site generators, finally selecting Hugo. Hugo’s speed—it regenerates the whole site (all 140 pages) within ~1.5 seconds—combined with the flexible structure convinced me to give it a go. Hugo’s speediness is undoubtedly due in part to Go, as in Go lang, a newer language originally developed at Google. Read more →

90 Days of Motion Graphics (Project 5)

I won’t usually put in video editing stuff, as it tends to be straightforward. However today was a bit of playing around with fonts for the intro along with some subtle music syncing to a short clip. …or is it? I’ve been busier with After Effects now that I’ve officially begun helping with the VFX side of the film I referenced in the last post. For that I’ve signed an NDA so the actual projects and experiments I’m working on right now for it I’m not sharing here. Read more →

90 Days of Motion Graphics (Project 4)

This project drifts away from motion graphics towards visual effects. I’ve been participating and helping with an indie film over the past several months, including editing. We’re working our way through that but there’s also a huge amount of VFX work to be done with it being a sci-fi film. So this project of learning motion graphics and After Effects coincides nicely with that, and presents a fantastic challenge to apply the skills to something more real. Read more →

90 Days of Motion Graphics (Project 3)

What an odd week. Ended up away from my computer (unexpected, in a good way, road-trip to D.C.) or otherwise without real time to commit to opening up After Effects and thus am a bit behind on new projects. But before that happened I ran across an awesome new resource for tutorials, where I found this Polygon animation tutorial: http://youtu.be/uuaBg1agd70 It looks slick, but is far less complicated to create than what the end product would suggest. Read more →

90 Days of Motion Graphics (Project 2)

And with less fan fare here’s the second project! Like the first it ended up taking three days (sessions as it were) of work. Unlike the first this was following along with a specific tutorial on creating trailer titles. The original source tutorial examples had a metalic and gunmetal vibe, so I went looking for a short quote that might work. The Book of Five Rings is always a good source for philosophical quotes on fighting, and thus this one felt perfect. Read more →