Well, my friends, the time has come
Raise the roof and have some fun
Throw away the work to be done
Let the music play on!
I started shooting hundreds of clips in search of a narrative using liquids and various types of oil in order to generate "Orbs" each representing different "Nows" clustered by color. Experimenting with blacklight and blacklight colors turned out to be very promising as I was able to create a bridge between fluids and illuminated physical objects like glass balls. I shot iridescent materials and LED lights in macro to drive the texture channels in Trapcode MIR so I could create a few dozen assets which I played back on my laptop as a backdrop.
Blade Runner 2049 had a huge impact on the way I perceive color. The mixture of hazy, almost vintage colors and an extremely vibrant neon look was a great source of inspiration. John Whitney's explorations, the history of the Scanimate and a short VICE doc about an engineer preserving the last analog motion graphics machine greatly influenced me. Also, I was striving to recreate the "octane look" originally introduced to us by people like Joey Camacho and Beeple with practical effects shot in-camera.
It was a gift being randomly contacted by Sound Designer and Composer Jochen Mader aka Zenthing just a few weeks before George Hedon (Founder @PauseFest) reached out to me. His effort and contribution gives "Forever" the amount of magnitude it needed and I am extremely humbled that I had him in the team.
Also, shoutout to Brett Morris of Ranger and Fox. His bold move using Phil Collins in his Motion Response process reel can not ever be matched. Then again...
Pause Fest 2019, Melbourne
Nicolas Arnold, frameandcolor.de, IG: @frame.and.color.de
Jochen Mader, zenthing.tv, IG: @zenthing.tv
Music: Lionel Richie - All Night Long