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    Motion graphics concept storyboard for Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
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As part of a Motion Media Design: Concepts & Storyboards course, I developed this storyboard to illustrate a one of my favorite poems by Walt Whitman, When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer. While I didn't produce the final animation, it was a great excercise in art direction. Hope you enjoy!
 
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer by Walt Whitman
 
     When I heard the learn’d astronomer;     
     When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;     
     When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;     
     When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,     
     How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
     Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,     
     In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,     
     Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
 
Concept
 
In Walt Whitman’s poem When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, the protagonist is sitting, listening to an astronomer at a lecture hall. As the astronomer explains the universe in numbers and equations, the protagonist falls sick. He goes outside into the fresh night air and looks up at the stars – no words or explanation could possibly capture them.
 
My concept is to subtly visualize the protagonists transition from lecture hall to nature. The visual narrative will start off cold & analytical, then shift to a warm & emotional atmosphere. The design will not be overt, but more abstract and atmospheric. Typography will be displayed with a classical typeface that is noble & acedemic.
 
Color and Typography
 
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Thanks for looking!