I was recently invited by Adobe to give a talk on my work — what I do and how I use its products — to staff at BBC Bristol in the UK. Part of the talk was devoted to the importance of playing with software and pursuing personal projects for fun. As an example I spent a couple of hours making this Zoetrope of the transit of Venus, partly as a homage to the groundbreaking natural history programming BBC Bristol are famous for and partly to see if it was possible to make a zoetrope in After Effects.

There are a lot of things I would do differently if I were to do this again, but that's the point of playing with personal projects.

UPDATE: I've since seen a better version of this idea, which was done before mine, by the awesome Scott Benson: vimeo.com/43452528

Music: Ti Ki by Sigur Rós

mattsimmonds.tv

Loading more stuff…

Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?

Loading videos…