Forensic Files

Responsible for Concept / Design / Motion

Personal Project

Software: After Effects

CREATIVE BRIEF

Deliverable Requests – Create one (1) finished motion test with the following tagline: “No witnesses, No leads, No problem”. Requested for a promotional trailer / 2:1 / 24 fps / 5 seconds

Concept – Forensic Files is an American documentary television program that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and outbreaks of illness.

Items to consider – Forensic Elements (DNA, Fingerprints) present, but not overwhelming; Depth/Blur; Interesting but simple type reveal

Tone/Mood/Style– Moody, Cinematic; Simple colors (Blues, Greens, Yellows); Digital, Tech-based feel;

Not related to any specific episode, but more to the idea of forensic science.

DESIGN

This project started by finding an interesting way to reveal the tagline through the use of a typewriter-style effect, complemented by interesting left to right camera movements.

I then built the frames and assets around the main words of the tagline.

Motion test for the tagline text reveal. A digital texture and a small amount of blur were added to the type to add visual interest.

Next, I designed the background and assets needed.

DNA elements, a fingerprint analysis, as well as chemical elements from the periodic table can be found throughout the composition.

Once the main typography and background were approved, I worked on creating a look for the overall sequence, making it feel like a cohesive piece.

The grade was achieved through the Lumetri effect in After Effects.

STYLEFRAMES

MOTION

In this section, I focused on animating the background elements such as the fingerprint seen throughout the piece.

Next, I worked on the transitions by adding visually interesting forensic imagery and CRT textures.

Depth and parallax were created by placing the background and textures through Z space.

Watch the final sequence below!

The overall blur effect is driven through expressions on the focus distance and aperture of the camera.