Media Blog, VCD302

VCD302 Blog Post 1 – Analysis of ‘Night of Demons’ and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

Night of the Demons Intro-

The transitions here are detailed but simple. The transition from the zoom out of the red mouth to the red mouth popping into a white circle, then diffusing into moonlight with clouds is detailed. The transition at 2:55 shows how they integrate the animation and make it blend with the background as seen below.

It has slow pans and zooms with areas of no secondary motion, which can be unsettling when the demons zoom in and out of frame. The demons are all different speeds to create the illusion of a group. They do not have individual limb movement and instead wobble to exaggerate it. The demons themselves look like cut outs and objects like the houses and crosses are simplified representations of the actual thing, the art style and effects reminiscent of a fairy tale story.

Demons on screen

The colours scheme is very muted, with only grayscale and red for text being prominent colours in the intro to create an eerie feeling. The slow motion of the camera in scenes make it feel scarier. Due to being an older movie, there are less effects available for them to use.

The extent of the colour scheme is shown here

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Intro-

A storybook intro

This intro utilised a lot of camera pans and zooms as transitions from one scene to another. The entire sequence was like flipping through a storybook of 2D animated slides. All of the aesthetics, from the 2D drawings to the pans, are meant to read like a pop-up book. The motion of the background and the character/foreground is often different to incorporate a ‘follow through’ and create a secondary motion with the background. Both the character and the background have an slow in effect at different times for added emphasis.  The arcs in the transitions are not jagged or to the point, there is a soft curve to prepare viewers for the next image. The crow at 0.52 is a great example of primary motion, since it flies out from one frame and introduces another, while the background swipes in behind it. That scene is also a good example of focus, as it creates depth to the image by blurring out the foreground, allowing people to focus on the background characters. There is always a little background motion in every scene, like eyes blinking or leaves stirring, that help with the soft transitions, as nothing stops moving in frame until the screen goes black at the end.

The colour scheme is comprised of bright primary colours, one of which is usually the focus for a single scene. A scene may be majority red and the blue and yellow compliment it on the side by utilising the background objects. The bright colours also provide a very good contrast to the black ink drawn characters. They are heavily blocked out in black, with all of their shadows being black, as well as other important details like lipstick. This allows the colour to be bright and fill the screen while the characters are still clearly visible.

Sabrina builds upon the foundation that is ‘Night of the Demons’ by utilising current technology like AE to keep a constant sense of movement inside the frame. Although the bright colours are a deviance from ‘Demons’, the storybook concept carries over.

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