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BELLS MUSIC VIDEO by Stuart Sinclair

Stunning music video for Suns "Bells" by Stuart Sinclair.  A psychedelic journey into space and magnificent sound-synced particles.

Sinclair notes:

In the Summer of 2013 Suns approached me with the idea of developing a music video for their track 'Bells' and upon listening to the track -which I loved- I immediately had thoughts of an astronaut travelling alone through space. With this initial image in mind I began experimenting with various visual effects using After Effects.

I used two AE plugins: Plexus 2.0 and Trapcode Form, I started to develop my ideas which involved generating the thin line aesthetic and dots that I was after. The majority of the 3D models used in the video are based on real objects from Space; the Hubble Space Telescope, Progress and Voyager 1. The planets and moons in the video are generated using NASA imagery, and helped to create a formal aspect to an otherwise abstract piece. Once I'd settled on the visual look for the piece, I began to think about how the structure will be developed in relation to the journey of the astronaut and the emotion of the track.

It was a pleasure to work with Suns on this project.
For more on suns go to

Stuart Sinclair:

On using Trapcode plug-ins, Sinclair notes:

I used the .obj feature of Trapcode Form which I had not fully explored before (and it's much faster to render than Plexus). It was very experimental project, I had a lot of 3D models of various space objects that I played with in Cinema 4D and then used the .obj to generate the shape of the Trapcode Form particles. The other method was to use Z-displacement for the planets and moons that I got from NASA (a bit like the Radiohead video "House of Cards"). I also used Sound Keys to sync particle movement/scale with sound.



I made some animated GIFs with Form. Here is the AEP.






I made a couple of GIFs using Trapcode Mir. Just for fun! And to understand how to make them. From a quick search I found that tumblr GIF's have to be less than 1MB and no bigger than 500*500px so that's what I aimed for. I used low framerate (7fps) in AE and 6 seconds for a total of 42 frames. I exported .mov from AE and opened in Photoshop and used Save for Web to make the GIF.

Here is the AEP.


DESIGNERS APARTMENT / Takeshi Tsunehashi

Here are two wonderful videos from Tokyo-based DESIGNERS APARTMENT (Takeshi Tsunehashi / 常橋岳志)

The first (above) is called "forest". Tsunehashi used Trapcode Particular for the particles and Trapcode Form for the fog. There is also a Japanese version.

"aiiro" uses Trapcode Particular for the particles. 

Takeshi Tsunehashi's website:


Trapcode Creative Award 2013 Japan

The winner of the grand prize was "Kizuna" by Yukito Komori (Pyramid Film PTHREE). Here it is:

A loveley piece with memorable imagery and a message of people connecting. "Kizuna"(絆)means "bond", "emotional ties" in Japanese which are prized and respected in Japan. 

Here are the finalists and judges (Komori is 4th from the left on top row, next to me):

Photo by Haruna Kawanishi. Top row: Fujii, Alvarez, Norrby, Komori, Sato, Toma, BakaAfter, Takano. 2nd row: Kawahara, Yamamoto, Yoshihara, Ito, Ogata, Yamaguchi

Flashback Japan organized the event at a beautiful venue. Here is a picture from my talk:

Photo by Haruna Kawanishi

Many thanks to Flashback Japan who made the trip to Japan an absolute joy! And thanks to all others that helped make the event and all competition contributers and everyone who attended the event.

I also wanted to show two other contributions that made a big impact on me. This piece by Mao Yoshihara:

And this piece by Takayuki Sato:

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