2011 Event Animated Intro
by Brad Goodspeed

Some of you may remember my post about last year’s Outside Looking In (OLI) show, in which I detailed some of the great things that the program, and it’s founder Tracee Smith, do for aboriginal communities. Quickly once again, OLI takes kids from remote aboriginal villages, many of whom have never left their reservations, and teaches them modern dance. Those that survive the grueling program, and most don’t, get to travel to Toronto to dance in the annual OLI show at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

Mission: “To provide opportunities for self-expression to Indigenous youth through the arts; while giving Canadians the chance to learn more about Indigenous peoples through performance.”

This year I was privileged to be involved again, designing all the print materials and T-shirts, and creating the animation you see below. This video played at the beginning of the show, and has been drastically cut down from its original length. If it seems slow in places keep in mind that live dancers would run onto stage and perform in front of the screen at certain times. In those moments my video had to play a backup role.

If you’d like to learn more or even help OLI’s cause, visit olishow.com


[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/31920654 w=500&h=283]

~Music: DjTiesto – Carpe Noctum (Fire Element mix)
~Virtual ‘puppets’ created in Adobe Illustrator and animated in After Effects. I found Daniel Gies’ tutorials on 2D puppets very helpful with this, although I have been doing similar things since the Tommy Texter days.
~Again, I wrote more about OLI as a program, and how inspired I am by it, once before. Have a read.


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