Stoic is a philosophy where destructive emotions are overcome through mental strength and fortitude. This motion graphic depicts those ideas through the use of masks. Masks are Stoic in nature as it is motionless and is usually used as a form of concealment, but I wanted to communicate the emotional side it can offer as well. Masks are expressively diverse through the culture it comes from and this is shown through a distinctive variety of faces. In the video you see a quick montage of uniquely designed masks that go with the beat of the upbeat music, representing the chaos so much emotion can cause. It is later interrupted and contained with a calm mask which represents Stoicism.

I created this piece for a class assignment where I had to choose a word of our choice and communicate its ideas and values through a motion graphic; my word being Stoic. This was my second attempt at this project, as well as creating a motion graphic – the first being a colossal failure in concept and execution. The method for working on this project was to work with my limits as an amateur animator and approach it through a series of very simple techniques that would properly communicate what I am trying to convey.

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