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Eva Pérez de León
by EvaPerezDeLeon on 23 May 2024 for Rookie Awards 2024

In the depths of the cosmos, where darkness and light collide, "Middle Earth" unfolds—a tapestry of creation inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion”, crafted from simple shapes and colors, and brought to life using After Effects and Motion Graphics.

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From the celestial expanse emerges a luminous orb, embodying the essence of Eru Ilúvatar, the divine weaver of worlds. His touch ignites the barren earth, birthing life in the form of the Ainur—holy spirits that transcend the bounds of existence itself.

But it is in the quiet moments, amidst sorrow and longing, that true magic stirs. A single tear, a testament to the depths of human emotion, falls upon the earth, birthing a tree adorned with twin lights—the dance of night and day, of opposites intertwined in eternal harmony.

As the illustrator and motion grapher, I took great care in ensuring that every frame had its own distinct aura of magic. This approach involved meticulous attention to detail, from the composition of each scene to the color palette that ties the entire short film together. It all started with the storyboard creation, where I needed to find key moments from the story of Middle Earth that were visually captivating. This allowed me to infuse each scene with my artistic style and interpretation, ensuring that the resulting frames conveyed the magical essence I intended.

Stylized Frames with a Consistent Color Palette

The project emphasizes the importance of a consistent color palette. This consistency was critical to creating an atmosphere that feels both magical and cohesive. To achieve this, I started with simple shapes, gradually building complexity while maintaining visual harmony. Each frame had to be a standalone work of art, yet fit seamlessly into the broader narrative.

Magical Transitions and Flow

Transitions play a crucial role in the Middle Eart project. I spent a considerable amount of time designing these transitions to ensure they were smooth, captivating, and contributed to the overall flow of the short film. Each transition was meticulously planned to guide the viewer's gaze naturally from one scene to the next, reinforcing the magical ambiance.

The result is a short film that not only tells a story but also offers a visually stunning experience. The balance between simplicity and complexity, combined with carefully designed transitions, creates a journey that's both enchanting and pleasing to the eyes. I also made extensive use of coding parameters, tempo adjustments, and a long list of effects for stylization to bring a unique quality to each scene. Every moment in the short film is crafted to evoke a sense of wonder and to immerse the audience in a world that feels both familiar and fantastical.

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