After completing research on idents and logos used in film openings, we began to use programmes like Pixelmator and Motion to create an ideal ident. We decided that we wanted to have two idents: one which is simple but still shows skills and the other one shall be more complex than the first. Using two idents show the range of skills we have in the “graphic” side of the project.
To get the outline of the drawing we wanted to use, my partner (Adam Zayee) started off with Pixelmator. He was provided with a graphic tablet to trace over a drawing of the tree. This was a lot easier than using a mouse as it created harsh lines and didn’t make the drawing look smooth. The programme was quite easy to navigate but, it did take quite a while to get the tree how we wanted it to look. After Adam had completed that, he exported the drawing to Motion.
After Adam exported the picture to Motion he began to work on the actual animation. The process wasn’t too difficult as it was a lot like Final Cut Pro. We chose the title ‘Great Oak Pictures’ as it fitted well with the picture; it was also a memorable name. We played around with the effects and the different options Motion provided. We chose an effect which gave the tree a glow and then the glow would die down. We thought this looked simple but nice at the same time.
In the sequence after the tree glowed, the name of the film company would come up. This was what we wanted our final product to look like. This is our finished (first) ident.