Final Project Creation: Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]

The production of the final project can be compartmentalized into four distinct sections, accounting for changes in the techniques employed and for the overall tone of the piece.

Section 3 – Montage Sequence

Illustration

A montage sequence was implemented into the piece in order to provide the audience with a basic insight into the ‘Classic Series’.  This allowed for a quick retrospective of the lead actors who assumed the role of ‘The Doctor’ in the past.  The sequence drew inspiration from classic Victorian ‘quill and parchment’ imagery, in-line with the Doctor’s archaic gentlemanly character in the series of old.

Sourcing images of each Doctor sharing a similar eye line, a series of pencil drawings were completed based around them.  An effort was made to make the images as detailed as possible, with an emphasis on heavy shading, in line with the works of John Ridgway.  Along with a genuine parchment texture, the images were scanned into Adobe After Effects and combined with their source photographs, providing a sense of definition.  In addition to this, the images were computer colourised where necessary (minus the first two Doctors of the 1960s monochrome era) and manipulated to give them a more inky quality.  The font ‘Post Antiqua’ was also utilised – the same font used in the 1996 ‘Doctor Who’ TV Movie and also appropriate with the Victorian era feel.

Presented below are the raw images alongside their final counterparts.

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Section 4 – Logo Reveal

Howlaround

For the final section of the piece, the howlaround technique was reprised during the ‘Doctor Who’ logo reveal.  This was repeated and reversed in order to create a smooth loop reminiscent of the shows early title sequences, in particular, the 1970-1973 titles.  This material was then computer colourised in starkly opposing colours using Adobe After Effects, acting as a minor optical illusion, giving a sense of depth.  Miniature effects techniques are also reprised once more, bridging the gap between the last section.

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Due to the fact that many logos have existed for ‘Doctor Who’ over its fifty year run, a conscious decision was made to use the logo representative of the ‘Classic Series’.  This particular logo has been in use since the 1996 ‘Doctor Who’ TV Movie, and is heavily based on the 1970-1973 version (pictured below), first utilised by Bernard Lodge.  It was accepted as the then-current logo, prior to the appearance of the 2005 ‘New Series’, which was marketed as a separate entity in order to differentiate itself from the programme of old, thus attracting a new audience.

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Final Touches

In post-production, a consistent layer of film grain/noise was added to the piece to give it a grittiness or an earthiness prominent in more hands-on productions of old – in particular, programming of the past shot on 16mm film.  Additional sound effects were added like the sound of switching a TV off and atmospheric buzz – the classic byproduct of analogue recording.  Finally, the piece was lightly colour corrected to ensure a vibrance of colour, less common in modern-day (oft desaturated-looking) productions.

To conclude, the intended final outcome is that of a complete retrospective of the motion graphics of classic ‘Doctor Who’, in the form of a short piece that is accessible and exciting to the casual viewer, yet respectful and true to the programme itself.  Thus in essence contextualizing the show visually, with the aim to attract a new audience.

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