DA9012 Process and Story Board




Assets Refinement

Assets Refinement- before and after of the abstract cloud

Making the line weight lighter, changing the cap from sharp square to circle, and adding on the curvy tails, to enhance the elegant, light and traditional feeling and to fit in a more modern style.





Research on Wall Painting

After consulting with Ina, I realized that having more Dunhuang Wall painting would be better for this work, because it will give it more traditional feeling and making the 2 minutes more interesting. Hence I did some research, however, the resources online are quite limited. Later I went to the library to find some useful images.


Starting on After Effects/Week 5

When I added the strips to after effects, I want to have the falling down effect, therefore I used Trapcode-Particular. However, I found that the strips should have gradient up to down(opacity 0% to 100%), but the top part still has some colour remains, which means that the border of the rectangle on the top can still be seen. Therefore I had to make some changes for the strips.


After changing the strips and adding the moon in, I found that the particular function does not emit the symmetrical strips, it only produces random strips, which in a way ruins the composition that I designed, shall I just manually do the falling part?

Test out as follow:

Problems to be solved:

  1. The strips are still too random, which means it does not produce a good composition.
  2. They still have different sizes even after standardizing parameters.
  4. Use of unconventional approach, not so static.


Artist Reference



Although his works are mainly physical, but the use of space and the way he integrated technology with art has really inspired me, giving me the hint of going from liter to abstract, which in a way, solved my biggest issue at this point.


Development on After Effects/Week 6


First of all, I solved the problem I had last week, successfully made strips come down smoothly.


Test with the sand simulation technique, making it more relevant to the Dunhuang theme.


Combined the two techniques, tested with the effect.


Explored the water technique, bringing in more fluid feeling into the clip


  1. The background painting looks too rigid, and unnatural, there’s a very obvious feeling that the effect at the front and the painting at the back are at two different layers, which means that they did not work quite well with each other.
  2. Although learned a lof of effects, I was still unfamiliar with the transition, I need to work more on that.
  3. I need to find a more interesting way to introduce each element.


Development on After Effects/Week 7

Developed the night scene, successfully found the way to introduce the water.


Found a way to introduce the moon, and it corresponds nicely with the water coming from both sides of the screen.


  1. Do I introduce the moon together with the painting, or introducing it first, letting it illuminate everything? (the tricky part is the painting at the background.)
  2. In order to have the nice golden and white disperse, I must have something white, but I don’t want it to be so obvious.


Day and Night in Dunhuang-more abstract, calm and mysterious, creating the flow of the journey, traveling from the maritime silk road to the land silk road, visualizing the tension and danger, as well as expressing and revealing the prosperousness in Dunhuang, combining the traditional and modern methods of making art.





1021 Latest Update

Updates on:

  1. Changed the sequence, because previously the opening sequence of the sea still seems quite different from the sand part, now I decided to use the sand as the opening.
  2.  Slowed down the movement of the sand particles to make it more elegant and less distracting on big screens.
  3. Added white colour to the sand particle to make it more interesting.
  4. Added the sand forming the moon part as Ina suggested.

Improvement/Goals before Nov.

  1. Finish the golden rains.
  2. Make ripples as the rain fall down.
  3.  Make the rain become really thin to resonate with the vertical elements inside Elphi, and then change to the actual rain and become the sea
  4.  Make the night scene smoothly transitioned from the current scene.



1028 Latest Update

Improvement/Goals before 3rd of Nov.

  1. Animate the wall painting
  2. making the rain taller
  3. finish the ending sequence


Final for now








Final for Elphi

Final for Media Art Nexus

Week 7 Reflection

Before I studied Typo, I never realized how important the typeface it is and I never quite appreciate it. Previously in my life of being a student and reading a lot of textbook, I don’t think the choice of the type and the spaces, tracking, leading are playing a big role in reading, even the layout is not that perfect, it did not affect readers to get the content that much. Reading was not hard for me, and I always took the design of the text granted.

After reading the Crystal Goblet by Beatrice Warde, I did get her idea of having clear and readable text for books, but yet I am still a bit confused but why she emphasized so many times and the real importance of typography.

About two weeks ago, I learnt mass communication from the WKW school, and I started to do some research about the “Media Epoch Diagram” (1964)by scholar Marshall McLuhan. When I tried to connect these interdispline knowledge, I think it helps me to understand better.

McLuhan categorised the human history of mass communication into 4 epochs, and he stated that the invention of alphabets by Phoenicians marked the beginning of the literate epoch, which spread linear thinking. 

It is such a significant invention to mankind because since then there’s less reliance on memory in communication, and sight became the dominant scene. When it came to the print epoch, the invention of the movable mass-produced printing by Johannes Gutenberg, brought people enlightenment. Because he has made printing more efficient and much cheaper, therefore helping to form a homogenious view.

After studying this diagram, I started to know how important the alphabet and the printing it is, if the mass printing was never existed in human history, the knowledge would just be open to the noble.  It is the alphabets that make the linear thinking possible, because the writing process goes from one direction to another, writers start at one end of the page, and then goes to the other end of the page, and then turn to the second row. In this way, the writing process reflects the thinking process of the writer. The reason of mentioning the clarity and readability many times in Beatrice’s speech is to reproduce the linear thinking process of the writer, making the type as a magnifier, or at least a copier, instead of being a burden and interrupting readers from the process. It has to be a continuous experience, without any disruption due to the type. For example, if the text is too long, when readers turn to the next line, they will get lost very easily. If the tone of the whole page is too dense and dark, it would be hard for them to “start” the page, if the leading is too wide, and too many rivers, their eyes will be jumping around a few lines and they cannot focus.


Hence, I think typography is of significant importance to mankind. The process of reading is the experience of the reproduced linear thinking, and the reproduction heavily relies on typography in a quite invisible and unnoticed way.