For my last uni project, I created this video for a Japanese song, “Yoin” by The Gazette, which is about the sadness of how still today there are people struggling to survive in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011.
The following are excerpts from my sketchbook.
Initial primitive sketches while listening to the song, these function more as a mood board.
In After Effects I was experimenting with Trapcode Form in order to reproduce some fabric similar to silk.
The idea of using the picture of a maiko, an apprentice geisha, comes from reading a testimony of an 80 year old geisha who survived the tsunami, but she lost all her kimono, obi and shamisen…all her life. In my mind, the picture of the young maiko that disappears is a girl who died too young and could not “bloom”, could not become a geisha, because her life ended too soon due to the disaster.
The final video can be seen on my website: yoin.mp4.