auburn University +
Oklahoma State University +
Eastern New Mexico University
This course is an introduction, in-depth exploration of  many facets and functions that exist within the ever expanding scope of Motion Design. This includes, but is not limited to; animation, kinetic typography, basic motion principles, composition, timing, storyboarding, planning, sound and music synchronization. This course explores the importance of the design process, concept development, and application of class demos— as well as the function Motion Design plays in shaping meaning and contributing to visual culture.

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Title Sequence Design

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Infinite Ways to Draw the Sun

Infinite Ways to Draw the Sun is a fictional film about the experiences of a woman working through her creative process. The focus on her, the viewer would be swept away by the captivating ups and downs of the generation of a project.  Following the “protagonist/filled-circle”, an audience witnesses the onslaught of ideas, the trial and error, and the synthesis of a final product. Working with simple geometric shapes—predominately circles—the animation serves as a microcosm of the feature-length film to follow. The handwritten type, animated textures, and application of effects highlight the craft of the sequence, suggesting the protagonist of the film could have made these opening credits herself.

Award:  Graphis, New Talent Awards 2023, Honorable Mention

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Radiolab Promo

“This promo is a surreal visualization of various podcasts from Radiolab. Each podcast talks about a different subject every time so each podcast is unique in it own way. Similarly, in the promo, each "world" is related to a specific podcast. In this promo I dramatically increased my knowledge of working in 3D space, working with cameras, and how to rotoscope in After Effects. I learned the importance of perspective and where objects should be to further emphasize depth perception." —Gerardo Rodriguez, student ︎

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TV Channel/Network Package

Students pitched ideas to rethink the graphics for an existing TV channel or network. Concepts emerged from an in-depth understanding of the overall style of the TV channel/network.

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mariofbm [at] auburn . edu
Graphic/Motion Designer + educator Based in auburn, ALabama