NIRVANA

Design & Animation: Desmond Du & Rasita Kartarahardja
Created: 23 March 2018

Music: “Pure Imagination” by Flannel Graph
Sound Design: Jovanvir Singh

Nirvana is our manifesto of mindfulness.
We live in this hectic world and we forget the little moments, the purpose of the things we do, and we are so caught up in the process that we forget how to have “fun”. We are caged in this world of expectations and constant “doing”. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. And all we want to do is to be free. But that doesn’t waiting for the quarter to end, or a holiday to arrive, it is here at this very moment. We must free ourselves from the mental shackles we put on ourselves. We need to see world with different eye, learn to do small things big and wonderful. We are diving deep into our subconsciousness. It’s about forgetting labels and just be alive. We let free thoughts flow, get out of the bubble/vacuum and observe those thoughts. We begin mindfulness by looking inwards, we close our eyes, we feel our bodies, our presence, and we awaken.

ANIMATION FRAMES

Original Concept - Manifesto of Creativity

The conception of Nirvana began with the theme “Manifesto”. Rasita and I decided to approach the prompt as a showcase of rocking our creative individuality and have FUN in the creative process. It would focus on the combination of dance (visual rhythm) and visual abstraction, portrayed by a broad range of visual styles. Below are the styleframes we created when we first began the project. However, we were not satisfied with our direction.

Rerouting to Nirvana — Manifesto of Mindfulness

We decided to kill our idea and restart from scratch. We looked at Buddhism, mandalas and geometry for our inspiration. At the same time, we were being introduced to Red Giant Plugins such Trapcode Particular, Form, Starglow and so on. Combined with Cinema 4D and After Effects, we did a bunch of exploration before we got to where we want. 

PATTERN CREATION EXPLORATION

RING TUNNELS

The first two scenes were actually derived from the same Cinema 4D loop animation. In the opening scene, we used the glow effect to get this carousel of colorful blown-out highlights. For the subsequent scene, Red Giant’s Starglow effects was used to achieve this geometric tunnel.

CInema 4D Animation

STARGATE

This scene was Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Bus light painting / Datebended image / Repeated procedure

FLOWER OF LIFE

The infinite flower was created through Cinema4D by Rasita. Tools like Cloner, Bend, Cloth Simulaiton and Turbulence was applied.

PURELAND

The infinite flower was created through Cinema4D by Rasita. Tools like Cloner, Bend, Cloth Simulaiton and Turbulence was applied.

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DESMOND
DU IT BETTER

Motion / Graphic Designer + Instructor

is a multi-media artist  based in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in After Effects, Houdini and automation. He also enjoys teaching and runs a software tutorials YouTube channel called NoSleepCreative. He has a virtual fragment of his brain online here.

Desmond enjoys the grandeur of life and the perplexing human experience of who we are and where are we going. It is in his quest to communicate a thorough examination of our everyday life, and also the metaphysical underlying realities that exist in our minds and beyond our corporeal world.

Utilizing a blend of Buddhist and Islamic art ideas, surrealist automatism, and the wild cards he throws into his life decisions, his works relate to feeling rather than seeing. Through a mix of physical and digital processes, Desmond translates his visual language into works such as short films, title sequences, music videos, and various forms of graphic design.

Other than that, his hobbies include: playing the ukelele, boxing, an acousmatic experience while drinking coffee, and of course the occasional intoxication with good company.