Dordt College News

“Kinetic Typography Movies” to be presented by Motion Graphics Students

March 8, 2010

The Sky Was Full Of What Looked Like Huge Bats
Movie Still by Henk Meijers

Dordt College’s graphic design and animation class invites the public to a viewing of their animation videos on Wednesday, March 10, from 4–5:15 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center lecture hall S101.

Students presenting their animations are Keith Roghair, Scott Vande Kraats, Daniel Wielenga, and Aaron Yoder, Sioux Center; Ryan Van Surksum, Orange City; David De Wit, Alton, IA; Lucas Wynia, Rock Valley; Daniel Kauten, Denver, IA; Jonathan Sims, Phoenix, AZ; Amanda Brouwer and Mark Veldkamp, Escondido, CA; Nate Palermo, Colorado Springs, CO; Addie Dow, Grand Junction, CO; Michelle Nyhoff, Littleton, CO; Kelly Cooke, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Rachel De Jong, Lansing, IL; Meghan Aardsma, Oak Lawn, IL; Ben Groenendyk, Downs, KS; Mark Eekhoff, Manhattan, MT; Moriah Anderson, Bismark, ND; Andrew Hornor, Houston, TX; Jennifer Sabourin, Shoreham, VT; Zechariah Edens, Kennewick, WA; Travis Mulder, Waupun, WI; Joel Vander Leek, Vernon, BC; and Henk Meijers, Barrie, ON.

The class instructor, David Versluis, noted that this project is based on a project by the same title developed by Dan Boyarski of Carnegie Mellon School of Design. As in film and live performance, kinetic typography is fundamentally different from static typography on a page.

Motion graphics students first selected a piece of text that offered a wide range of emotions for their monologues. Prose, poetry, dialogue, or screenplays were then visually represented in animated form by expressing the content with typographic elements sequenced over a span of time. Over the course of the semester students were introduced to the art of 2-D and 3-D digital graphics animation and interactivity for video, the web, and DVD, getting hands-on experience for real-world video production.

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