I wanted to make an animation of a character wearing a hi-top that serve as homage to the early 90s. I gave the character a hi-top because it speaks of the early 90s, and it is also a way of paying homage to Juice (1992) an iconic movie that was known for showing the many hi-tops and other early 90s styles. My character’s hi-top is based off of Bishop’s hi-top from Juice. Bishop was one the main characters in the movie played by Tupac. It is one of my favorite movies from that time period.
The character starts off with a simple head nod. As the animation progresses, his nods become more intense until his hi-top grows and carries him about the screen. The music coming from the headphones is the drive behind his movement and hair growth. I wanted to the intro, progression, climax of music through the movement of the character’s hair and his reactions to what he’s listening to. The figure eventually lands and his hi-top retracts signaling that the music and animation is drawing near an end. Suddenly, a splash of color bursts out of his head filling the screen. This is my way of letting the viewer experience what the experienced with the headphones on. The inclusion of this scene is inspired by moments when I’ve listened to songs that extended for a few seconds, switched melodies, or added something to the existing sounds half way or near the end of the song. I arranged the video clip as a loop because the character-like-myself-is stuck in the early 90s era. The cardboard speaks of the early 90s’s styles and music that are outdated and rare. In the video clip and the surface, the cardboard is new because the character never gets tired of listening to the music. The overall look is simplistic because I did not want to have aesthetics that was overbearing with the color splash scene. Also, I wanted the viewer to focus on the contours of the character, the forms of his hair, and his movement.