At the end of February this year I decided that rather than write reams of text about my basic philosophy with regard to the Tarot, it would be more constructive and useful and interesting to bring the text alive in a film, having been inspired by a motion typography (MoGraph) rendition of the Taylor Mali poem “Speak with Conviction”.
A picture, after all, is worth a thousand words, so twenty-five of them per second fooling your brain into perceiving continuous movement is truly wielding a magic of quite overwhelming power. The King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words – or 31.32548s of moving pictures, if you prefer – about the length of a typical high budget TV ad. The root of the word propaganda is a committee of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions, founded in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, to propagate – that is, spread – the Gospels. But, as we know only too well, any message will do.
So I asked a friend who works in animation what software is used to do that funky MoGraph thing, and thus did I first open up Adobe After Effects with a mind to get my head around how it works and make one of those for myself. Turns out Adobe After Effects is very user friendly, especially if you’re familiar with any of their other apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, as there is a ‘native environment’ that’s familiar to all in the Creative Cloud Suite. So, in case you haven’t seen it in the ‘About Us’ pages, here is the first in a series of six films I am making about Tarot, how I approach it, what you need to know if you are considering a reading with me, what makes a good question, and how oracles function, after 15 years of pondering such things.