Like a fish out of water!

Words and Pictures Project

I ended up creating an animated video about the saying ‘Like a fish out of water’ for this project. It is a little longer than 30 seconds (41 secs), but the script i wrote was almost perfectly 30 seconds, but i ended up adding a little something to the end because i thought it would add some humour to the piece that would be appreciated by the audience and the titles add some time too, anyway here’s the final video:

So this video is about the saying ‘like a fish out of water’ which is like to feel awkward in a situation or whatever.

If i had more time i may have thought about imagery more, using the words to create a dead fish image or something like that. I would also make sure to distinguish between the two voices with different colour text. This change, although not vital- because I think it works just as well as it is to convey the message/joke/whatever and that it’s a convo between two voices- it would help anyway and wouldn’t be too difficult to do at all. 

I tried to use a range of different movements and effects/transitions to make the video really come to life and be more visually interesting to the audience without going overboard and being distracting to the content; which is bizarre, but i think its also kind of funny- of course i would because i made it, but the point of the video is to showcase that I can make this kind of video, and I hope it does that at least. I made the animation in Adobe After Effects, then I exported it to Adobe Premiere Pro and edited the film together. In After Effects I was able to use key frames to adjust the text in various ways to animate it, for example I used the opacity to make the text appear; by setting a key frame and putting the opacity at 0%, then moving forward a frame (or more depending how quickly you want it to appear) and then increase the opacity to 100%. This ended up becoming a bit of staple for my animation actually…

*I still need to adjust the sound for the video, the music is a touch loud compared to the too quiet speech audio.

I decided i had some time to do something so i did this:

And then this:

Here is a screenshot from Premiere – it shows the entire animation start to finish (with the gratuitous additional NTU Animation bit at the end). It shows how i organise everything and the inner workings of the final piece; you can even see the effects attached to parts of the video and audio. Video on top and audio on the bottom. You can see that the main animation and audio is basically uncut- because i animated to the audio and they fit together and when i planned my script i planned it so i didn’t end up having to cut stuff up to make it work later.


I am really glad that i revisited the project anyway (even though really i should be focusing on the next one), this is because the end product is much better – even with only so many changes i think it has made a big difference. Also i just really like adding those ‘NTU animation’ bits to the ends of my animations and am glad i did another one!


Project 7 – Words & Pictures


Thinking about images as counterpoint to words, look for emphasis, direct an actor, record and animate it…


To discover how although text and typography often accompany words and ideas, how can font, rhythm, pattern, weight of stroke and motion blur help emphasize or obscure meaning?

So i have to create a 30 second animation (@ 24FPS, format MP4 H264 file format @ 1280×720) by next Friday.

An idea:

Words in words. A word could appear and then a word within that word is revealed, with the deletion or changing of the other letters to reveal the word in the word. E’g: meow in homeowner! Ass in Grass! Star in starve! Rat in fraternity! Lion in Million! Ran in Orange!

So when the word Million appears on screen there is money sounds, maybe some kind of champagne bottle or something, maybe the word millions, then when the word lion is revealed there is a lions roar, or an impression of the lion from the wizard of oz. The word could be revealed by the letters (mil) being dragged away by an unknown source accompanied by a lions roar. This would marry the typography with the sounds very well, and give them more reason and emphasise.

Perhaps i could also do a word that jumbles up into a new word (god and dog for example).


When i was looking this over and deciding what kind of animation i wanted to make i came to the decision that i didn’t want to go this route. I had another idea, which was just recording a small conversation about a phrase or word, where one party explains it to the other.

So i ended up choosing the well known phrase “Like a fish out of water” which means when someone feels awkward in an unusual environment to them. They are struggling with it like a fish would struggle with being out of water.

Anyway i decided that it was funny to me, these two guys, one who doesn’t understand at all thinking that it means when someone is dying or whatever, and the other just trying to explain it isn’t but giving up in the end. Its short and sweet (hopefully).  Heres what i came up with anyway:img001

Storyboard idea:

storyboard 1 for wordsstorboard 2 for words