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Creating a Cyberspace Universe with Nodes
Eric Jordan has used Yanobox Nodes on many fantastic projects in the past. We previously covered Eric’s work on The People's Republic of Desire. More recently he has created the graphics, animations and visual effects for StratoZen. We spoke with Eric to discuss what went into creating the motion graphics and how the Nodes 3 plugin made this project possible in After Effects.
What was the goal of the project?
Fusion 360 Studios reached out to me in order to craft a sleek motion graphics spot for the cybersecurity experts at StratoZen – a provider of custom cybersecurity solutions for MSPs, MSSPs, and other enterprise customers. Some of the largest MSPs in the world use StratoZen for security and compliance monitoring behind the scenes. The aim was to design a sequence that would showcase their advanced security software solutions which operate at a deep level of the internet. The overall goal was to design and construct a highly complex cybernetic realm teeming with dense fields of data transmissions and layers upon layers of glimmering data in order to provide a compelling way to reveal an overview of StratoZen’s top features.
Where does Yanobox Nodes come into play?
I used Nodes to communicate the underlying technical elements that exist within the realm of cyberspace - small micrograms of data and hierarchies of relational data systems. Within my workflow I use Nodes to create pretty much all 3D grid systems that I needed for high tech and futuristic motion graphics such as this.
Nodes was used to create the cycling grids of text and bullet nodes to communicate data being scanned and analyzed in 3D space.
Vast data structures that resemble advanced database systems consisting of informational data charts.
Fields of information graphics and bits of connected data that exist within cyberspace. Nodes allowed me to easily populate the StratoZen universe with layers of informational structures.
Tunnel systems were created using OBJ models loaded into Nodes, as well as informational data charts wrapped around the tunnel system.
Circular information charts and grids designed with Nodes were used to build the complex cyber spatial world made of pure information.
OBJ models used in conjunction with Nodes allowed the creation of highly complex wireframe structures throughout the StratoZen universe.
Nodes was used to create the basic grid systems of lines and nodes to add bits of detail to each scene.
Orbiting nodal connections animated with Nodes helped to communicate the technical nature of StratoZen’s products.
Circular informational graphics made of data were used to illustrate complex data hierarchies within StratoZen - adding the necessary technical aesthetic for the animation.
About Eric Jordan
Eric is an independent creative consultant that works on a large array of projects including film, broadcast television, websites, smart phones, VR, electronic billboards, vehicles, print, and video games. He has worked on high level projects for companies such as Adobe, Boeing, Nintendo, Nissan, Activision, Warner Brothers, Motorola, Electronic Arts, and more.