Visual Design A5: Type in Motion

This week marks the start of our motion design project: Type in Motion. We are asked to represent a chosen dialogue, conversation, or speech in only texts and basic shapes. This assignment is to challenge us to think about different ways we can convey emotions through typefaces, shapes, colors, and movements.

I focused on gathering my content and sketching out a storyboard for the video that I will be putting together later on. I thought about some memorable moments on TV and I thought reality TV shows would be the perfect material for this assignment since they are always dramatic and entertaining. So naturally, I decided to pick a clip from RuPaul’s Drag Race since it’s one of the most sensational shows on TV. One of the most iconic and memorable moments on the show was in season 9; when the queens(contestants) return from the main stage and discuss the feedback they got from the judges. In this episode, Aja, one of the 11 queens competing, did not agree with the judges’ critiques on her runway look and was feeling jealous of her fellow contestant, Valentina, for the positive feedback she has gotten.

The queens ask Valentina what did the judges say about her look, and Valentina was immediately cut off by Aja commenting that the judges will like her no matter what she wears.

This moment is dramatic and packed with emotions, which is why I decided to recreate it in this assignment by using basic graphic elements. With my content selected, I started sketching out a rough idea of my video. I transcribed the conversations with emojis and added notes so I could catch the little details when I am working with only the audio and text.

-Nina: Valentina, what did they say?
Valentina:
-They said so many things like, some of them…

Aja:
[even-paced tone/sarcastic]
You’re perfect 💯,~
You’re beautiful 👰, ~
You look 👀 like Linda Evangelista 💃~
You’re a model 💋 💅~
[Pause/silence]

Everything 🔁 about you ☞ is perfect 💯!
Did you stone 💎 those tights 👢 ?
Oh, you’re smiling! [more sarcastic]

They eat 🍽 her up 🔝 EVERY🕛SINGLE🕧TIME🕗 she’s on that damn 👹 stage 🏁.
[intensifies]
She 😡ftsdbsds😣. She could walk 👣 out there in a fucking 😠 diaper 👶 and they’ll 👥 be like 🗣:

“Valentina! 👰 Your smile 👄 is beautiful! 😍”. [salty hand guesture]

Valentina: 👁👄👁
I’m not gonna say nothing to dat……

So far, I sketched out 8 boards that will represent some of the most important moments in this clip. I want to make sure that it’s packed with sarcasm and movements that visualize Aja’s quick and witty remarks. I will add more to this if there are any other movements that I think should be emphasized.

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