Again and Again: Dennis Liu's Creative Inspirations

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Again and Again: Dennis Liu's Creative Inspirations

 

Dennis Liu, creator of our favorite screencast music video, "Again and Again" from the indie band, The Bird and the Bee, took us through the process of creating the spellbinding video.

 

The video took probably a month to plan out and a few months to execute. I used a pretty powerful MacBook Pro and worked every free moment on it I had. On the plane, weekends, after work, you name it. It's really tedious work, but it's fun when you're all done. Final Cut Pro put it together with some help from Shake and good old screen capture.

 

The hardest part was coming up with unique ideas to be artistic/creative with OSX. Ideas are always the hardest. Now a days, everyone can do everything, so it's hard to come up with original ideas. And I wish I could take credit for having all the ideas for the video, but it really has been a collaborative process. I have a core group of friends that I value their opinion tremendously and we had a few screening sessions. My friend Aryan actually came up with the screensaver idea, which I think is one of the best ones in the video. So there's a ton of ideas in the video, and some we didn't even use. For example, my favorite one got cut out last minute, but it was using the "Brightness" function as a pulsing effect. Not sure if that makes sense, but it would have been cool.

 

Larkin Clark, the actress in the video - had tons of great expressions so it was really easy to shoot, but really hard to pick the right takes they were all so good. We shot on the trendy streets of the East Village to a lot of baffled onlookers. It was fun.

 

I have a sequel idea in the works, but I'm not sure if I'm going to do it because this one took so long! The sequel will probably take twice as long because it's so hard to plan out, but I think people would enjoy it.

 

All in all, this was a very time-consuming but rewarding experience. I learned a lot about myself and how hard I could push to make the work better. There were days I would animate 10 seconds, and then watch it a week later, and scrap it and start over. Now I know it was worth it.

 

Thanks Dennis, we all look forward to the sequel.

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