Words Watched Will Echo For Much Longer Than Words Read

Sometimes the power of a complex animation is that it can appear so simple to the eye. Tomilola Adewale, a freelance creative and motion designer, loves to experiment with expression and scripting.

Tomi’s work is vast and varied but this project was just intended as a way of showcasing her skills, allowing people people taking a glimpse at her portfolio an insight into her abilities. Her work is, like her, quirky and witty yet the basis of ‘The First Day’ is a serious quote from the bible – “what could be more powerful than the words of God?” she comments.

Though Tomi’s scripting is impressive what is perhaps even more inspiring is that the music she uses in her videos are also of her own creation. “I often compose the tracks in my work,” she tells us, “music sets the tone”.

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The video was created using After Effect’s and Adobe’s Extend Script Toolkit and took two days to create, which Tomi is keen to elucidate is not how long it would usually take her to put something similar together.

Powerful, expressive and savvy sums up both the video and it’s creator, who we spoke to about scripting, creativity and the importance of getting your sister to like your work!

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The Plus: Tell us a little bit more about yourself, your background, work, etc.
Tomi Adewale:
I’m a Freelance Creative and Motion Designer who’s been based in Seattle, WA for the past 3 years but is moving to NYC this summer. I’ve been using technology to create since childhood. In college, I majored in History, which many people find odd. However, that general liberal arts education enabled me to discover what I was passionate about and equipped me with the skills to pursue those things. Fast forward to today, my love of the creative process, aided by and often inspired by technology, persists. “The First Day” is the natural product of that.

TP: What do you like/enjoy the most about scripting?
TA:
There are two main things I really enjoy about scripting. First, it empowers me to entertain lofty visual concepts, confident in the fact that I can figure out how to execute on those goals. Second, it’s an area that’s ripe for discovery. I like to think of it as a collaborative process between me and the computer. I ask the computer to show me what it can do, and I decide if I like it and build upon that as I experiment more.
I tell my friends that I feel like a young child who’s been given a heavy, powerful sword. I know I’m capable of achieving a lot with this tool, but I’m still learning how to wield it.

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TP: How long did it take to create The First Day, and what’s the most challenging part?
TA:
Discovering and defining the main text treatment took about 7-14 hours. It’s a process in which I use a number of the scripts and expressions I’ve developed, one after the other, to create the main visuals. From that initial experiment, I had a library of comps in which I noted how various changes to parameters in my compositions affected the visuals.

Over the course of about two days, I put together “The First Day” from old exports I had of the original technique mixed with some new explorations. Overall, I’d guess the exact project took about 40 hours, but it’s based off knowledge I’ve been accruing and cataloguing for at least the past 3 years.

The most challenging part of the process for me was working on a system that I knew could be faster. When I bought my laptop, I didn’t buy one with a dedicated graphics card, and at times, when I’m trying to render parts of my projects, that decision comes back to haunt me. In particular, through this project, I gained a lot of insights into using After Effects and Premiere in tandem to circumvent memory issue.

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TP: Are you going to create the rest of Days in Genesis?
TA:
At first, the piece was going to be about 30 seconds longer, but I decided to just focus on the First Day of Creation. However, I dig the idea of subsequent videos on the other days. The Seventh Day would be epic. I definitely hope to feature other biblical passages or other thoughtful and witty quotes in future videos.

TP: We really like the background music, do you often compose tracks for your work?
TA:
I’m especially thrilled that people like the background music. There’s a funny story behind that song. When I finished this song at the start of this year, I sent my sister the file. For the next month or so; via text, phone calls, or Facetime; I’d ask, “Have you listened to my song, yet? No? Okay, that’s cool.” As this went on for months, I joked with her that I’d embed the track into a video so she’d finally hear it. That happened with “The First Day.” She said she liked the song.
I often do compose the tracks in my work. I have this unrealistic hope that one day, a professional musician/producer (or specifically Hans Zimmer) will find my tracks and say, “These have promise!” Then, in response I’ll reply, “I have more,” as I hand him a terabyte drive full of tracks, which I of course always carry around with me in this scenario.

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TP: It seems you do a wide variety of creative projects, how do you balance them?
TA:
I feel like I’ve been creatively gifted in a few different realms and hope to hone each one of those talents, but I’m recognizing that there has to be a strategy to how I plan to do all of that, economically and in order to develop as a truly whole individual.
I think I manage them based on the skills and resources that are available and around me. For example, when I was a kid, I started trying my hand at animating cartoons because I wanted to tell stories, and it seemed a lot more feasible to draw the characters, draw the settings, and record the voiceovers than to get camera gear, location access, and hold casting calls.
I’m seeing that there are some things I can learn on my own, but others that I need more structured and guided education to learn at a reasonable or accelerated pace. That’s why I’m ever thankful for mentors who’ve encouraged me and given me opportunities to develop creatively.
Personally, I feel like I’ve been wired to feel off if I’m not creatively productive in some capacity. I definitely don’t want to make creativity my idol, but I also don’t want to waste the talents I know God has given me. I’m ever hopeful about what God plans to do through me creatively because even when I’m being creatively sluggish, I see instances of the creativity forcibly bursting forth, even taking over my dreams.

TP: What’s your next project?
TA:
I have additional ideas of how to use After Effects to create animations in mass that still include a number of variations. I want to be able to easily define how strict or how broad those variations are. It sounds like I’m being cryptic, but that’s the very general theme I still hope to explore further.
Next, I have other text-focused explorations I hope to pursue, especially as I’m seeing how nicely they can be paired with Biblical scripture. I’d love to make videos that introduce people to the very words written in the Bible, ideally getting people more curious to explore the Bible for themselves because the words written in it are so intrinsically and autonomously powerful.

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