Ode to Jazz

Visual Homage

I designed, storyboarded, and animated this visual homage to 1920s jazz.

Audio: "Sing Swing Bada Bing" by Doug Maxwell via YouTube Audio Library



I want to create a visual ode to 1920s jazz and culture.  My goal is to capture the excitement of the music and time period through motion, dynamic transitions, and visual style.



Art Deco, Encyclopaedia Britannica:

     “Art Deco is a popular design style of the 1920s and

     ’30s characterized especially by sleek geometric or

     stylized forms and by the use of man-made materials.

     ...Art Deco objects often showcase simple, clean

     shapes, usually with a “streamlined” look; ornament

     that is geometric or stylized from representational  

     forms such as florals, animals, and sunrays.”


Visual Inspiration: Art Deco Posters
- Clean lines
- Color Gradients
- Vector images with noise/vintage look
- Repetition

Visual Research

Type Exploration

Color Palette


I pulled the color palette from Art Deco reference posters



Style Frames


Motion and Historical Research



Motion Research:
Charleston Dance
Record (Coin) Spinning


Instruments in a Jazz Band:        

Trumpet or Cornet             Trombone       

Clarinet                               Saxophone      Drums                                  Piano       

Banjo                                   Guitar



- Color Correction (more blue in darks/less blue in lights for a vintage look)

- Warm Light at top of frame                        - Vignette 

- Animated Texture                                        - Grain