'Middle, adj.'

 
 
 
 

Process

The idea behind this piece is to celebrate the idea of personal identification, rather than striving to make yourself fit into one box or the other. As we grow, we learn more and more about who we are, and we should be encouraged to never stop exploring in a way that is individual to each and every one of us.

The script, written and narrated by myself, comes from the personal phenomenon of consistently falling between conventional identifiers. Being bi-racial, bi-sexual, and equally artistic and analytical, I've always made the decision to not get too hung up on labels. While this decision is personal, it is one of the many different ways a person can learn to become comfortable in who they are.

I wanted to create a calm atmosphere to express this idea --to do this, I came up with the idea of a folding paper motif and picked a soft color scheme, but primarily utilized kinetic type to express content. The typeface used is from the Los Feliz OT family; I found this typeface to be fitting because of its imperfect nature. With the weight variations of a script style but the base design of a serif, Los Feliz perfectly demonstrates what it's like to fall in the middle of conventional identifications.

Original Style Frames

 
 

The design continued to evolve as I began the animation process, integrating cuts and camera moves to create further visual interest. This piece was difficult in the way of interpreting personal thoughts into understandable visuals, but I believe the message can be an important and helpful step in self-discovery.
 

Final Frames