New project - “K.D.S. Lyric Video” on danthompson.tv
In the summer of 2012, I was asked by California based musician ‘Jason Hemmens’ (www.jasonhemmens.com) to create a lyrics video for a remix of his song ‘Kissing, Dancing, Singing’. I was given a lot of freedom with the graphics, so I decided I wanted the video to be pretty fast moving and reflect the speed of the song. I had made some lyrics videos fairly recently which had a 2D feel to them so I decided to make these feel more 3D.
The first thing I animated was the chorus. I wanted this to be fairly consistent throughout the song, but change slightly each time. I played around with the rotating cubes and liked them so decided to have them feature fairly strongly. I also used the cubes in the verse but this time had them all random instead of in a circle like they are in the chorus. For the instrumental section before each chorus, I wanted the graphics to be moving very quickly so I kept the focus on one central object and had other objects moving back and forth very quickly around them. These objects vary between cubes and spheres, to add a bit of variation. Jason really liked the cubes but asked if I could make the second verse different, so I went for a pretty different style for verse 2. This style was more like the 2D lyric videos I had made in the past, so it was a big change from the rest of the video, but I think that was good! When I got to the ‘breakdown’ section, I decided the graphics should be quite different because the song changes quite drastically here. As I had used particles in the differently styled verse 2, I decided to use them again in the breakdown. Over the top of all of these graphics, I kept the color changing quite regularly, often with the beat and animated the text in and out throughout it all as well.
I was very happy with how this lyrics video turned out, I think it’s quite different to any previous ones I have done and I also think it reflects the song speed, style and tempo well. Jason was very happy with it too, and since adding it to his YouTube page it has received over 150,000 views.
The version here is an edited version of the song consisting of a chorus, verse 2, a shortened instrumental section, another chorus, the breakdown and the final chorus.
If you want to watch the full video you can see it here:
Motion Graphics created in Adobe After Effects CS5.5