Monday, 18 January 2010

Green Screen

When I originally saw the footage of the girl sitting alone, wind blowing through her hair, I instantly imagined her against a nuclear backdrop!

To my mind came the scene from Terminator 2 (1991), where the character, Sarah Connor has a nightmare!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_midwZ2f0


My intention was to modify the 3D park I had created for another project, but in the end,I thought that would be cheating...

I had a faint idea of how I wanted to do this, and I thought instead of doing the whole background in 3Ds max, I would only do some elements in this program, and the rest would be photos pulled from the world wide web. These would later be manipulated via Photoshop.

I wanted to create a realistic nuclear blast, or attempt one for my scene, so for this I 'googled' a tutorial. This is what I found...

http://www.the123d.com/tutorial/3dsmax3/explode01.shtml

...plus some video tutorials:

Part 1/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT4qlFZDumo&feature=fvw

Part 2/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlYCRRTWyo&feature=related

Part 3/4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5wNetV01fU&feature=related

Part 4/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPUkI_6yPSk&feature=related

Following these instructions, I 'attempted' my own version of a nuclear blast. Beginning from this...

...I went to this.

Once the animation was complete, I had to put the Nuclear blast against a background.

Searching through some online images, I found a picture of Barcelona. I adjusted it slightly, then imported it into After Effects.

I placed the animation of the blast on top of the city, then importing an image of a rooftop, I brought it into the foreground.

Playing with effects such as matte choker, hue/saturation and masks, I completed the scene.

If I had more time, I would adjust the lighting and masks more, so the shot is more believable.

On that note...I know Nuclear blasts don't have a 'flash' after the 'cloud', but I wanted to end the scene with the city being obliterated!

Again, if I had more time, I would have created a whole city scene in 3Ds Max, then animated the buildings thrown through the air as the force of the blast pushes them away!!!


References
Terminator 2, 1991. Film. Directed by James CAMERON. USA: TriStar Pictures

VANHOENACKER, J., 2002. Animated Nuclear Explosion Tutorial. [online]. The 123d.com. Available at:
http://www.the123d.com/tutorial/3dsmax3/explode01.shtml

[Accessed 16 January 2010].

YOUTUBE., 2008. Mushroom cloud 3ds max tutorial 1/4. [online]. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT4qlFZDumo&feature=fvw
[Accessed 16 January 2010].

YOUTUBE., 2008. Mushroom cloud 3ds max tutorial 2/4. [online]. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SlYCRRTWyo&feature=related
[Accessed 16 January 2010].

YOUTUBE., 2008. Mushroom cloud 3ds max tutorial 3/4. [online]. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5wNetV01fU&feature=related
[Accessed 16 January 2010].

YOUTUBE., 2008. Mushroom cloud 3ds max tutorial 3/4. [online]. Available at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPUkI_6yPSk&feature=related
[Accessed 16 January 2010].

YOUTUBE., 2008. Nuclear Nightmare (Terminator 2). [online]. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_midwZ2f0
[Accessed 16 January 2010].


- Nick

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Li Ting Hei Garvey

Cinemoi Lock Down Update
I have recieve the feed back from the client, and I have encounter a few problems.
Although the feed back from the client has got nothing to do with our uni marks, I suggest aimming to satisfy our client and to reach their requirement are what an professional animator should really do.(I am not professonal yet but I will be after I graduate and get my degree)

So Here I am, from the client's feed back the problems are:
Problem 1
"It's not 'a friend that' but 'a friends who'"

So What I have to do is just quickly change the text
Problem 2
"We need to replace the clip from Orson Wells"

I am not so sure why the client want me to change it, maybe it has got so copy right problem, or maybe be she just hates him, but anyway I gotta change that.
So what I did is go to the youtube and find some more video which may be useful

I have found some videos I like then what I have to do is to replace it and adjust the size a bit, I really like the girl in the replace video clip.


Problem 3
Orson wells himself next to the graphic 'and you'll both get" need to be replace


Now I have remove Orson Well and replace him with a new clip.

Problem 4
"Remove the purple dot on Cinemoi at the end and keep yellow as per our brand dynamics"
It was a critical failure, definetely need to change that
Now I just gotta replace the porple dot with a yellow dot.





Is all done
Finish product GarveyLi Cinemoi2
video

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Li Ting Hei Garvey

When I first started to do this Cinemoi project, I didn't understand much about what the client want. I only sticked with those ideas in my mind, and didn't do much researched about it. I just wanna to do what I think is the best.

The following images are some background theme I produced for the Cinemoi.



and I also grabbed some images from the Cinemoi folder, changed their colour and make them look classic.


All I was thinking, is to do somethings similar to those adverts you see in Odeon or Cineworld before the movie starts.
But then when I was half way doing it, all in the suspended I thought all these works looks so crap, so I gave up all these.

I look through the brief again, I've discovered that we should tried to avoid make it French cliche, less MTV style but more of a classic. I also researched on their website, I've discovered that Cinemoi usually run thier advert in quite a enpensive, or luxury style.
Then I thought maybe I should make my Cinemoi advert in more of a Luxury style. Thinking of Luxury style, I wanna create a colour which can represent Luxury in this project.

I did some researchs of some images about luxury



I am not sure what luxury is like in everyone's mind,
but In my mind, luxury is like golden cutleries and tools on the red carpet.
Then I tried to look for some colour which could match the qualities of "Luxury" in my mind by experiment on them.



Some of my ideas was inspired by Rob's one, but instead of having the images rotating, my images and word are mostly sliding around, appearing and disappearing.(Where did that idea came from?? I don't even understand why would i make all these images sliding around...?!)


The following images were used in my Cinemoi project, most of them came from the Cinemoi folder, and I changed the cfolour and style through photoshop




And I also captued a few french videos from youtube for my project as as well
video
video
video

Also I've been tole by Adam.C that there are some style of words that the clients wouldn't like, that was a very important tip for me, I avoided to use those style of words.(But I can't remember what did people call that kind of style...)

This is the final finish product, hope everyone like it
video

Thursday, 19 November 2009

i really dont have a clue what im doing never done a blog befor =S

hope this is writ sorry about spelling.


On starting my cinamoi project i deicide one of the most important thing for me to do was to work out the colour scheme and ecstatic of the piece.
I started my looking into French perfume adverts on and notes in most of them if not all of them the colour gold was you frequently and red fetched in some of them I then decide to have a look into any other classy adverts to see if the gold and red colour scheme feted in them also after watch some Ferrero Rocher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDaaETgxFJY are well known for their glamour and elegances. After watching these add i stumbled across the Stella Artois Spec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmtdGj8vQqY adverts which to me did not shot classy but after watching the advert i realised the way that Stella Artois made their advert make their product seam more classy than it really was by using the gold and red color scheme and dark shadows and dim lighting.
I wanted to try to bring this assents’ of glamour and class to my advert used the color scheme that are fetched so heavily in all these adverts.
After looking at these add being happy with the colour sheme it then look to words what type of font i would use after talking with Adam I was informed that the client did not like sand serif fonts and want a clean but classy serif font.
I had a good look about and discovered that the art nouveau had some nicey and well designed serif font so I was pretty shore from the start art nouveau was the style type for me.
I decide i would type art nouveau into Google to see if it would give me any great ideas, and i hit GOLD. From my Graphic days, back in collage I instantly recognize the pattern it was damask a art nouveau continues pattern .
Damask is a black and white pattern from use in the art nouveau style it is used in inter design and on furnishing a lot http://www.babylifestyles.com/images/mosaics/damask
I know from the moment i shore this pattern i wanted to use it in my advert but new i would have to use it sparlling or it would over power the txt and the information would not get across.

ASHLEY FRY - End Product

My advert is now finished and overall im very happy with it.

I wanted to keep my advert very clear and to the point, therefore i decided early on that i wanted to keep the background an off white colour, This saves the attention going away from what you are trying to get across, in this case the refer a friend promotion. I used close ups of the letters M O and I to help with the transactions of the text, with still shots being played in a slide show, on the faces of the letters. To make the pictures seem unique and not too similar to 'Film Noir' I kept a very desaturated colour on them as well as adding a nice 8mm film effect on top which i feel works extremely well. I feel the still images work better than film as its less for the brain to take in and deconstruct.

As stated in my very first post, I noticed the pink colour theme with reguards to the refer a friend. Therefore I incorporated this into my lettering, which was kept simple, large and in capitals, to keep in accordance with the previous trailers on the Cinemoi site. The Music I chose fits well with the general speed of the advert, and keeps the advert from feeling rushed.

I emphasised the 'FREE' text by depreciating the oppacity levels slower than the ' ONE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION' and also by slowly scaling the text. This brings the attention to the fact that the month you get is free, and its also the main selling point of the advert.

Its pointless having a subscription advert, whether its on the channel or not, withought a phone number the customer can subscribe to. The last thing a customer wants to do is search around for a phone number or contact information. Therefor I added the number in the end shot with the 2d Cinemoi logo. I also stopped the phone number from fading out as its the one piece of information the customer needs to see for the longest amount of time.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Dan Tyler - Justification

This post is purely to explain my choices in compositing my advertisement and my research material to cover this.

Firstly I started to piece together the ad by thinking of a music track first of all. The track I choose was 'Fallin' Apart' by The All-American Rejects, My reasons for this was for a 'quirky' feel. I thoroughly studied the supplied tracks and felt that I should try something different. I also wanted to time the music with in the Ad because this is the kind of technique that is commonly found within the Cinemoi videos, Such as promotions and trailers.
Once I had chosen my score I begun to pick an appropriate piece of text... I went for a simple and clear text, Something that's reads quickly and clearly. My reason for this choice is the fact that through out the Cinemoi website it has clear and distinctive text.
I also chose to use the magenta colour within my ad as well because of its use within the Cinemoi site. I felt that this could be brought across as a 'package' kind of deal... For example Cinemoi has set text colour for corresponding film genres such as Family, Thriller, Drama etc
I did however feel it was not appropriate to use the magenta for the whole text, and so I used it purely to highlight the benefits of the promotional offer.
All though images were supplied I didn't feel that they could purely draw in the view to keep them watching. I looked at many other French adverts for promotions and even SKY adverts , All of which had little snippets of the TV channel content to give a kind of teaser sampler.

I really wanted to try to incorporate this within my advert too, but no videos as such were supplied. So I visited the Cinemoi site and managed to download a trailer for the channel and I simply recycled the footage. I feel that this works well but despite the small time span compared to ones I had researched, It still brings a strong French cinema feel to the advert.

What I also felt was necessary was to include the contact number for the refer a friend offer, and even to include the web address as an alternative. I produced this information at the end of the advertisement for the simple reason it could retain longer screen time and to be the last piece of information seen by the viewer.

Nina Brewin - Response and Development

In Response to Adam's post, While browsing the French Television sites and watching their adverts the glowing, Sparkles effect was apparent when advertising their TV shows (FashionTv) and films but also in high end adverts such as Perfumes or Luxury holidays as Ash had posted.
I did look at other American / English adverts and found out they do the same effect, so its not just a French novelty. The most popular types of ads/idents that used sparkles were luxury adverts (perfumes, chocolates, holidays) and idents for channels, such as Sky ( Movie-branch in particular). So I will conclude that the use of sparkles is a universal symbol ( from my understanding) to sell / show the audience something of high quality that gives the illusion of the expensive and quality.

CineMoi Promotional Advert – Development and Final Influences

My Aim was to recreate a short advert giving the feel of an 1950s Film Noir show.
Why use Film Noir and The New Wave as inspiration? It is considered the Pinnacle of French Film, It was something new and popular in the industry, but as the years past and films developed drawing their inspiration from Film Noir and other genres creating something new, because of this, French Cinema was slowly drowned out. French films did continue but never reached the same Pinnacle. So when people think of French Cinema, they often think of sophisticated Art films of the 40s and 50s. So I felt it was appropriate to use that piece of knowledge for the advert.

To achieve this aesthetically it needs to include Graining and Film flickering from the old / dusty projectors. All Photographs to be in Black and White and finally adding a light spot to the centre of the screen, again another effect from old-school projectors.

The advert first originally had a close-up pan of a female's eyes and then the text wiping in, then Visually I gave the photograph a high-contrast and grainy effect but it still felt amateurish. So By browsing the CineMoi Youtube site again I noticed they had large bold text that just popped into the screen.

So taking this on board and keeping in mind of the old classical cinema effect I photo-shopped a simple bold text by making it glow slightly and partially opaque. I then imported it into Adobe AfterEffects where it filled the screen.
I continued by making the text and photographs shake for the unstable Camera effect and wipe up to reveal the next set of Black and White images and text panning over them to Explain quickly and visually what the advert is selling.

For choice for music, I took into consideration that the client did not want anything Stereotypically French, so I went over to the Sky Movie channels to see what they used to advertise their latest offers and premiers. Most of them used the same style of classical, instrumental music, sometimes with beats to modern up the clip. So I went through a few Classical Chillout albums and found a few that were simple and had a good beat to catch the audience attention.

The advert then ended with the most important part, the CineMoi Logo, I had chosen to put the glowing effect behind it to make it clearer and bolder for the viewer. I used the Pastel Pink colour tone because it brought a sense of kitsch which Pastel colours are normally associated with, And using a bit of subtle stereotyping the reason i used it is that people associate Kitsch with France because of their passion for art and small cafes.

Cinemoi Advertisement

After my initial showing of my Cinemoi advertisemnt on Tuesday, it was decided to change some elements to the footage.

I had originally made the video a minute long, but it was a repeat using different types of music. I used the music from famous composers such as Thomas Newman, Clint Mansell and James Horner.

I found personally that the track Whispers of a Thrill by Thomas Newman seemed to work better than the others. The song comes from the movie Meet Joe Black starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins, which is a classy film unto itself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-FTk2QZid8

The problem with the advert though, was the footage was only 15 seconds long! It seemed rushed! Especially, the flashing images of the french films, which didn't seem to connect with the soft, sophisticated feel of Newman's song.

I experimented with 'faster' songs, and I also tried to splice another track into the one I liked...but it was hopeless!

Staying with Whispers of a Thrill, I decided to make it work by extending the footage and slowing the shots of the french films, also adding fades.

To my surprise, this did not work! I feel it was due to the advert being slow paced throughout and containing so many fades. As a viewer, it was really boring to watch!

I went back to my initial idea of having quick paced shots in the middle, but this time I added extra.

Apart from increasing shots, changing font, choosing music, and some minor tweaking, there was hardly any difference between the original and finished copy of the Cinemoi advertisement.


-Nicholas Christian


References
Meet Joe Black, 1998. Film. Directed by Martin BREST. USA: Universal Pictures

NEWMAN, T., 1998. Whispers of a Thrill. Meet Joe Black OST. CD.

YOUTUBE, 2008. Meet Joe Black - Whisper Of A Thrill. [online]. Available at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-FTk2QZid8
[Accessed 16 November 2009].

Monday, 16 November 2009

Carrie Hopkins - My thoughts

After seeing the Pew 36 idents and "mtv" attempts at the commercial we have been briefed with, I started my personal research in the obvious place by looking at the Cinemoi website. I agree with previous comments about the website being very clear and simple in it's presentation and with the opinion that this doesn't nessecarily portray the classic, expensive look that we have been told to create for them.

Seeing as the brief states that the client requires a "classic" look and a style that conforms to the "high quality" of the films shown on the channel I have decided to try and create an advert that incorporates their website style as well as aspects of "classic" French film and music.

Starting with music; I first looked into the soundtracks of some of the films that have recently been screened on the channel. I found that a film called Vidocq had some music by Vivaldi which being classical music connotes high class and as such is applicable to our brief. However, I feel it more appropriate to go with something quintissentially French. As such I looked into popular French music and came across a singer called Edif Piaf; "Piaf" being a nickname given to her by the French public that loved her; a colloquism for Sparrow. Her music is still famous in France today despite the singer having been dead since 1963. It's for this reason I've opted to use her song "La Foule" for my advert.

On visual content I've decided to begin with an image from "Breathless"; a film by the renound director Jean Luc Goddard. A film which is described as "a high point for New Wave films" (The French New Wave An Artistic School translated by Richard Newpert written by Michel Marie pg 13 line 26). It is also featured in Cinemoi's "Classics" trailers. After the image from Breathless I will introduce images from other "Classics" and move on to breifly show a wider selection of the films Cinemoi has to offer.

Telling A Story in 15 Seconds!!!

For my advertisement, I was thinking of attempting to tell a short story. While watching one of the adverts Pew 36 produced for Cinemoi, I was reminded of the 1973 Hovis advert. Both videos show a bicycle, a cobbled road and tell a story in a short span of time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mq59ykPnAE


The Hovis ad appears more like a scene from a film, than a commercial for bread. The director went on to produce famous movies such as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and Gladiator (2000).


Going on the concept of advertisements that tell stories, I also looked at the old Gold Blend ads, which became its own little serial drama. It ran from the late 1980s to early 1990s. It told the story of two neighbours who fall in love with each other, and coffee was their connection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igi9u6X4y-s


From watching this, I realised Nescafe were trying to imply that their product was for sophisticated and successful people. These people are rich, host dinner parties, admire modern art, are beautiful and arrogant but have a hidden charm.


To create this classy look, I think Nescafe thought black, white, red and gold would best represent this.


These Gold Blend adverts with their dinner parties and their so called intellectuals, reminded me of the famous 1993 Ferro Rocher advert – The Ambassador’s party.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs7gAxsfK5U


Notice how they have they have dubbed the voices with poor French and Italian accents?


Another Ferro Rocher one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDaaETgxFJY


Chanel No5 also uses gold and red in their ‘French’ advert.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZtNaHEtLvI


Browsing through the Cinemoi website, I also noticed the pink text highlighting the important elements the channel has to offer. I thought this was an unusual colour to use, as I personally don’t believe it is the best colour to represent ‘classical’.


http://www.cinemoi.tv/


Struggling to find any decent French music, I was thinking of using music from a film for my piece, but something dramatic and orchestrated. Watching the Thrillers clip on the website, I noticed the soundtrack they used isn’t French at all. It’s from the movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008).

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/thrillers-cin%C3%A9moi


I will be looking at music composed by people such as Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, John Williams, James Horner and Clint Mansell.


I like the fact that classical French cinema has a film noir quality to it, so I was thinking of maybe doing some black and white drawings, but I don’t want it to be too similar to Frank Miller’s Sin City (1991).


Another thing I have been looking at is a couple of opening sequences to James Bond movies. Yes, they are sleazy, but they are also meant to represent class, sex, action and sophistication.


Tomorrow Never Dies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwA_WBBChDk&feature=PlayList&p=73EA5BA8B00FD78D&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=24


Quantum of Solace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v_W6Bjx_Vo&feature=fvw


-Nicholas Christian


References

Alien, 1979. Film. Directed by Ridley SCOTT. UK/USA: 20th Century Fox


Blade Runner, 1982. Film. Directed by Ridley SCOTT. USA: Warner Bros


CINEMOI. THRILLERS ON CINEMOI.[online]. Available at:

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/thrillers-cin%C3%A9moi


Gladiator, 2000. Film. Directed by Ridley SCOTT. UK/USA: DreamWorks/Universal Studios


MILLER, F., 1991. Sin City. Dark Horse Comics.


Quantum of Solace, 2008. Film. Directed by Marc FORSTER. MGM/UA Distrubution Co/Sony Pictures Entertainment


Slumdog Millionaire, 2008. Film. Directed by Danny BOYLE. UK: Pathe Pictures


Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997. Film. Directed by Roger SPOTTISWOODE. MGM/UA Distrubution Co/Sony Pictures Entertainment


YOUTUBE, 2006. Ferrero Rocher. [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDaaETgxFJY

[Accessed 16 November 2009].


YOUTUBE, 2006. French advertising - Chanel no5 (90's). [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZtNaHEtLvI

[Accessed 16 November 2009].


YOUTUBE, 2007. Hovis 'Bike' advert 1973 (Britain's favourite TV ad). [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mq59ykPnAE

[Accessed 16 November 2009].


YOUTUBE, 2008. Ferrero Rocher advert 1993 - ambassador's reception. [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs7gAxsfK5U

[Accessed 16 November 2009].


YOUTUBE, 2008. Nescafe Gold Blend Adverts 1980s. [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igi9u6X4y-s

[Accessed 16 November 2009].


YOUTUBE, 2008. Quantum of Solace Opening. [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v_W6Bjx_Vo&feature=fvw

[Accessed 16 November 2009].


YOUTUBE, 2008. Tomorrow Never Dies Opening Title Sequence. [online]. Available at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwA_WBBChDk&feature=PlayList&p=73EA5BA8B00FD78D&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=24

[Accessed 16 November 2009].



Ashley Fry - Second Thoughts

After listening to Miguels comments, i looked at the Sofitel website, who are in partnership with Cinemoi. Instantly the appearance of the website was evidently different. Please follow the link below.

http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-deals/index.shtml

We can see straight away the Gold, rich colours that make the site appear luxury. This is also backed up by the Serif / Italic font used, however under strict instructions, Cinemoi have asked us to avoid using Serif font, but still maintain a high level of luxury. It is going to prove hard, and i feel i have to search deeper instead of basing my research on font and visuals.

While browsing on the internet for Sofitel, the very first option, had the slogon

" Sofitel Hotels: Luxury with a French flair" anon 2009 (http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=en-GB&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4PBEA_en-GBGB274GB274&q=SOFITEL)
This is what i feel the Cinemoi adverts are missing and need, I mentioned two slogon ideas in my previous blog, found on the Cinemoi website itself, which even more strongly now, I feel the want to include. I looked into the sort of advertising Sofitel had to offer and the link below, lead me to a superb idea.

http://www.sofitel.com/gb/discovering-sofitel-hotel/index.shtml

It seemed a perfect starting point for my advertisment. While keeping with the classy, rich feel, it kept its elegance but also slightly aimed at the younger generation, which Cinemoi seem keen on doing. Given the vast majority of high quality imagery we were supplied with and lack of video footage, I am considering the same technique with chopping parts of the photograph up and animating them. I feel its a bit more interesting then what pottentially is just a slide show of pictures. I have been looking into music and believe i have found the perfect piece to use with my advert again, find the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGRsxGlmZQQ&feature=related


The chorus of the song which lasts for roughly 20 seconds, this will fit perfectly into the amount of time given for our advert and after researching the lyrics, they also seem to merge with the feel.

I hope, I hope, I hope
Oh yes i hope
Its in my character
I hope.

While finding myself somewhat stuck for ideas about this project, I held a focus group at my uni home with a few questions to ask my housemates. There courses varied from Advertising, PA , Performance, Construction and Sports Studdies to mention a few, so I knew i could get a broad range of ideas to help.
The first thing I did was play my housemates my Music and ask them what instantly came into there head. The feedback was reasonably possitive with people mainly refering to the feel of a perfume advert. One girl said " I picture a woman in heels slowly walking down a street with a friend or husband possibly going to the cinema or theatre." Mentioning more than one person was the perfect response to what i was looking for.
A few valid points were made in the focus group, especially the idea of keeping the pictures in black and white, with reference to Film Noir. http://filmsnoir.net/. I like the idea of keeping the pictures black and white, however using some possibly desaturated colour will help to add dramatic effect. A point was also raised to keep the use of the logo minimal, possibly just a shot at the end, similar to there other adverts. The good reason behind this was because the advert will be shown (i think) only on the Cinemoi channel as they are refering to customers that they already have, therefor getting the message across is more important than the use of the logo.

Ashley Fry

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Miguel Gómez - Some kind of research

Well, I´ve been trying to come up with some good ideas for the Cinemoi advert... unsuccesfuly.
While looking for some TV idents vids by the Internet I fell in love with the idents of thematic "canal plus" like +cinema and +family.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WksAV6i3THU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Nd278o2ZA
They are really elegant but not especially classic... but, anyway, they might give me some keys for the colour and the composition

I was so baffled about the ad stuff that I suddenly felt like making a trailer of my current project (well, it's nearly finished): an animated videoclip for a Spanish indie-pop band. And so I did!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E_IPkt9O80

Yeah... I know, it’s not the best thing to do during a Saturday night.

Well, continuing with the main issue...

I also have been taking a look at the Cinémoi webpage design and some trailers. Of course, it would be suicidal not to try to make something similar. While taking a look to the trailers and spots I noticed they are really simple, there´s nothing else but movie fragments and the logo in the end of the ad slowly getting bigger.
Analyzing the graphic style, I ended up with this conclusion: if they attempted to make an expensive and classic-looking design, they didn´t really achieve it. Actually, the logo reminds me of the one of Cartoon Network (because of the black and white and the very bold fonts):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_HBa2sbiRk


Here we have an example of luxury ad, directed by the brilliant film-maker David Lynch:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x34jsm_gucci-by-gucci-par-david-lynch_creation

As you can see, the golden and yellow colours are taking all the protagonism and the fonts are some kind of thick handwritten small letters. I don't have any clear text reference about why these letters are more luxurious than the ones of cartoon network, but I guess it has to do with the clearness and decoration. The ones of Cinémoi are made, basically, to catch the attention of the viewers, because we ought to consider they are not very successful (yet) and the famous perfumes trademarks doesn´t need to catch the attention of the global public that way, because it's not a product destined to everybody but for a richer minority.

If you follow this link you´ll see another example of elegant and expensive trademark with expensive typography.

http://www.hystericglamour.jp/

I've also found a student typography animation in Youtube called "Glamorous". I know it´s not a really reliable reference but I think it really approaches to the concept.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5ESQ_e8auI

Anyway, I think I’m going to try to merge the luxurious style with the Cinémoi graphic concepts in order to create something appealing but, at the same time, expensive and good-quality looking.

Those are my first thoughts I´ve got some conclusions about the fonts and the colours but I still need to think about the animation, composition and, of course, the music.

Apologies about my English. Mig

REPLY to Dan Tyler & Ash Fry

Try not to drift off of the core requirement of this promotion. This is 'Refer a Friend'. This implies that the advert is being directed at existing customers not new customers.
The idea is to encourage those French subscribers to recommend the service to their French friends. So to suggest that the subscription process is simple as a factor would be to detract from the offer.
Focus on the offer which is a month free for each subscriber.

Dan:
Where is your research?

REPLY to Ash Fry

Thats a good start to investigating the clients needs. In order to produce something original, you should use this data to springboard onwards to other sources of inspiration, beyond the cinemoi webpage. This is especially important when trying to create a new way of selling the existing brand within the confines of the term 'classic'.

Even though they are targeting the French portion of UK residents, it is still a UK channel and enjoys a viewing audience from a wide variety of cultures. Are there any classic themes which are more general which can be incorporated?

Its great that you are putting so much thought into the clients brand identity.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Dan Tyler - 1st Thoughts

With regards to Ash's comment I completely agree with the idea of incorporating the use of the referral page.
I think it would be a 'smart' move to include the idea of using their website as an idea of 'quick and painless' transaction (Minutes to set up)
Perhaps breakdown the text of their web address in a way that the viewer would take it in without any thoughts to remembering it.
I also agree with the colour scheme that Ash picked up on, as if to say that that particular colour would be a recognition of 'Refer A Friend', much like their package collections, e.g. Thriller, Drama, Family etc..
I also think that MAYBE it would be a good idea to include briefly that it is a 'Safe & Secure' website, because for some of those 'oldies' that are afraid of the internet would know that they have authentic certification to deal with transactions over the internet. (But obviously still include their telephone number)

Dan Tyler

Ashley Fry - Initial Ideas

Before i started getting ideas for my advert, i took a look on the Cinemoi website at http://www.cinemoi.tv/. While on the Cinemoi page i came across two quotes that really stuck out.

"Audience expectations might have changed over the years but French film has lost none of its power to amaze." (anon 2009 : http://www.cinemoi.tv/about-cinemoi)

"Cinemoi: These aren't just great French movies, these are some of the greatest movies ever made." (anon 2009 : http://www.cinemoi.tv/about-cinemoi)

As a first thought these could be pieces of text i could use in my advert, as i feel they are both quite powerfull statements. After clicking on the Subscription trailer http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/subscription-trailer before anything, i noticed that there was a large Cinemoi logo. Next was the words 'French' and 'Film', which were written in caps in a large font. This later happens with the words 'Exclusive Interviews', 'New Films' and 'Subscribe'. It is clear very early on that Cinemoi like to put forward there information clear and concise with little distraction. This method however, is very plain and doesn't show me, as a viewer, what is so exciting about subscribing to Cinemoi.


The voice used in this advert is very smooth and calming which emphasizes the companies 'classic' feel. i next found myself looking at other trailers on the website. one which really stood out was the 'Thrillers On Cinemoi' http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/thrillers-cin%C3%A9moi


I noticed again the Capital letters with large fonts but also the way in which the trailer was in sync with the backing track. I really liked the feel to this and wanted to incorporate this somehow into my advert. After moving to the section ‘Clips’ I found 3 previous Idents the company had used. After seeing the Idents they had already produced, it was clear that the target audience was unexpedetly a youthful one. The Idents “bar” and “lipstick” are what led me to make this assumption as the footage is a “party scene” full of young beautiful people. However there is also a clear attempt to merge the “classic and contemporary” representation they wish to achieve. The sophisticated and mature dress sense with the black and white colour is an instant notification of this. Due to Cinemoi’s current low success levels it has led me to believe that the target audience they wish to establish and are aiming at is the wrong one. There for when designing my advert I will be targeting the older audience as I feel it will be more effective and beneficial to Cinemoi.

The first, Cinemoi Ident ‘Bar,’ finishes in the very French film style by tracking to the object which is the main focus of the shot and blurring the surroundings. The next 2 Idents follow the exact same scheme however the last is slightly different with the Cinemoi logo only being visible at the end by sticking it in the bottom corner. This to me is not very effective at all, and as a viewer,I am confused as to whether this is an advert for Cinemoi or a trailer of a film being shown on Cinemoi.

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/clip/cin%C3%A9moi-ident-bar


http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/clip/cin%C3%A9moi-ident-lipstick


http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/clip/cin%C3%A9moi-ident-bar-0

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/femmes-fatales-cin%C3%A9moi

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/films-cin%C3%A9moi

The majority of the trailers on the site, ended with the Cinemoi logo increasing in size toward the screen, with the ‘MOI’ in a different colour. I really liked this approach as it was very clear what the advert was about and as there was very minimal activity and colour, I was completely focused on the Cinemoi logo and the words ‘French Movie Channel’

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/femmes-fatales-cin%C3%A9moi

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/clip/breathless

This example starts with an end shot of a trailer but later fades to a black background.

http://www.cinemoi.tv/trailers-clips/trailer/films-cin%C3%A9moi

When clicking on the Subscribe link on the site I was redirected to a page with striking pink colours, which seemed the theme for ‘refer a friend’ this has given me an idea for something to incorporate into my advert for the company as a possible end logo.

https://nwd.appletree.co.uk/cinemoi/new_sub.php?ref=

Ashley Fry