URBAN

Sound is one of the strongest aspects in visual composition, and can be the key to creating an emotional and unique composition. Much of the sound we experience in our lifetimes can bring us back that time period if we were to ever hear it again. URBAN highlights the way that sound is able to recreate memories and an environment within ourselves.

For this project, I chose to focus on the sounds of Tokyo. Being Japanese American and growing up in the US, I have spent much of my life greatly admiring the lifestyle of the urban cityscapes of Japan. The few times I have been there, I was mesmerized by the cohesiveness of tradition and technology, and the harmony between people that is born amidst the dense streets. The sounds featured in the piece were recorded within the Tokyo district during one of my many visits to Japan.

This project was created using Autodesk Maya and Adobe After Effects.

DREAM RECALL

DREAM RECALL simulates the journey of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, a telescope that made major breakthroughs in outer space research by discovering several hundred exoplanets close to our solar system. The data used within the project is taken from NASA’s databases on the Kepler Space Telescope. In an age where many people are wary about the advancements of technology due to its complexity and ambiguous consequences, a visual simulation about Kepler’s discoveries aims to highlight the possibility of new frontiers to explore, and the wonderful possibilities that science can bring upon society.

This project was created using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, and was displayed in the EDA at the UCLA Broad Arts Center.

Creator’s Turmoil

Creator’s Turmoil is an abstract short animation which explores the relationship between artist and commercialism. The ideas of an artist are innately personal and unique, as that is what often motivates themselves to pursue a concept or conceive of one in the first place. Such artists often inspire other artists and potential artists to create new work, and thus lies the beauty behind the free and limitless system that is art. This relationship is what occurs between a single artist and another, however, and therefore to make something that is objectively relatable or “marketable”, the freedom of the artist is often stripped away.

As someone who likes to create work based upon my own curiosities and discoveries myself, I find this relationship between art and commercialism to be troubling as much as I understand it is realistically necessary. Creator’s Turmoil is an attempt to reflect upon this relationship by following the narrative of an ellipse representing an individual artist.

This project was selected as one of ten student works to be shown at the annual UCLA Arts “Winter Gathering”.

Software Used: Adobe AfterEffects