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Visual Summary (2018) By Priscila Casanova

House of Emotions



Introduction What is the house of emotions?


Area of research Emotional Psychology Psychology in Architecture & Colour Psychology in Shapes Visual Language Gestalt Theories

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Process Journey of ideas Aesthetics Journey Moodboard Script Storyboard

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Learning Outcome Technical skills Reflection

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What is the House of Emotions?


The house of emotions is a short animation about the psychology of emotions where the house represents someone’s mind and is giving you a “tour of the house”. The rooms are used as metaphors for different emotions. The emotional journey through the house is a representation of life, it aims to communicate how we sometimes ignore emotions like sadness, anxiety, despair, anguish. We think we have control over them but sometimes these emotions will catch up with us. There is no ‘bad’ or ‘good’ emotions, it’s normal to feel them all. To have emotional awareness can help us have resilience in life. 7

Area of research Emotional Psychology Psychology in Architecture and Colour Psychology in Shapes Visual Language Gestalt Theories


Emotional Psychology By watching Ted Talks, listening to podcasts, reading articles and books about emotions helped me understand more about the subject and how to approach it. Susan David is a psychologist who studies emotional agility and how to bring forward our best selves. Key points from the talk. Internal pain always comes out. I don’t want to try because I’m afraid of failure. The emotion is a data source, instead of using I am sad used I’m noticing I am feeling sad. We jump to a solution, and fail to help them to see these emotions as inherently valuable. Normal, natural emotions are now seen as good or bad. And being positive has become a new form of moral correctness. When emotions get pushed aside or ignored they get stronger. (Psychologist amplification.) When we push aside normal emotions to embrace false positivity, we lose our capacity to develop skills to deal with the world as it is. To have resilience. Emotional agility is the ability to be with your emotions with curiosity, compassion, and especially the courage to take values-connected steps.


Our mind is hard to change once we become convinced. So it might be very natural to feel demoralized and defeated after you fail. But you cannot allow yourself to become convinced you can’t succeed. You have to fight feelings of helplessness. You have to gain control over the situation. And you have to break this kind of negative cycle before it begins. – Guy Winch Belonging - comes from the relationships you build. Where you are valued for who you are and you value others. The bonds with family and friends. Purpose - Using your strength to serve others. The why that thrives you forward. Emily Esfahani Smith explains in her book The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, that pursuing happiness can bring us despair. Happiness is define by psychologist as a state of comfort and ease. People who have meaning in life do better. The 4 pillars of a meaningful life.

Transcendent - The moments where you feel connected to a higher reality. Storytelling - The story you tell yourself about yourself. Embrace painful memories to find the good evolution within your life. 11

Psychology in Architecture & Colour “The use of values in your colour palette will add dimension to the space, create visual interest, and elicit positive emotions.� Psychologists at the University of British Columbia and Carlson School of Management made a test in looking at how the colour of interior walls influence the imagination and how ceiling height influenced our thinking style. In low ceilings people tend to be quicker at solving anagrams involving confinement, such as bound, restrained and restricted. High ceilings - people tend to be good at solving problems because airy spaces prime us to feel free. Lofty ceilings makes people think more abstract, instead of focusing on particular things, they are able to zoom out and see other things Claustrophobic basement - you tend to focus on detailed things of an object or problem


Mental relaxation. People tend to be more “creative” or “imaginative”. We associate this colour with sky and ocean which relaxes us and makes it easier to daydream.

Makes us less violent. Calming, innocence, hope and optimism. Is intuitive and insightful, showing tenderness and kindness with its empathy and sensitivity.

Accuracy and attention to detail. People tend to be more cautious. Catching spelling mistakes, keeping random numbers in short-term memory.

Energetic colour, enthusiasm. not good for bedrooms or living room, more for exercise

For amusement, happiness

Also considered calming, fertility


Psychology of Shapes

Geometric Shapes

Organic Shapes

Dependability Stability Structure

Positive Connectivity Friendship Community Unity

Peak Elevation Greatness (Direction of the trinagle can change the meaning from balance to danger.)

Cycle nature Movement Growth Transformation



Visual Language



Concept Art





Tone - Also known as shading. To create a specific mood. Light values can feel open, fun or light-hearted.

Contrast - Higher contrast puts very dark and very light colours next to each other. This can create a feeling of excitement, drama, agitation, or conflict.

Atmosphere - Dark values can create an atmosphere of mystery, sadness or something ominous.

Colour - is used to create mood or emotion. Each colour on the wheel can have a different psychological meaning.


Gestalt Theories

Similarity Can be used to create a single illustration, image or message

Proximity - Uses close arrangement of elements to create a group association

Continuity - Eye drawn along a path, line or curve.

Figure / Ground - See and separate objects from their surroundings. Creates visual effects and trick.

Symmetry & Order - Composition with sense of order or balance.

Closure - Technique that uses human eye’s tendency to see closed shapes.




Journey of ideas Aesthetics Journey Moodboard Script Storyboard


Journey of Ideas Home is where the heart is. Before coming up with the idea of The House of Emotions I was exploring words and meanings and how to play with negativity and optimism. How our brains play games with us and we tend to tell ourselves negative words. My first idea was a journey through a house with negative words and then using those same words and turn them into a positive message, however, I discarded the idea because I felt the message was not there fully. I kept researching about emotions, their meaning, which colour and shape would represent it well. How to make the house, the rooms, tone. This was a long and slow process but it was important to get them right so that the message goes with what the public is viewing. Once I came up with the idea of using the house as a metaphor of your brain and the rooms as emotions I had to decide the aesthetics of it. This again was a long process because I also had to think and research how to represent each room and how to animate it. I was planning to do a stop motion animation but as my research advanced I decided to do it digitally using only After Effects and Cinema 4d.


Joy Great delight Happiness Pleasure Delight

Serenity Calm Peaceful Untroubled

Despair Complete loss of hope

Anguish Mental pain Physical pain Suffering Sad

Kitchen (yellow, white, orange, royal blue, green, spicy mix, vibrant colours)

Study area/office (blue, green, vanilla, beige, pale pink, mint, calm colours) coastal

Basement (the place you never want to go in) blue, black

Storage room where you put stuff you don’t know where to put. Low ceilings, close space, blue, purple

Feel extreme fondness Tender attachment

Bedroom (pink, purple) light orange, purple-red , orangered gold - luxurious


Attic purple


Worry Nervousness Unease about a certain outcome


Aesthetics Journey







Voice Aaah (sighs) oh hello there, feels good to be back, ok, let’s start the tour (Turn on light of room) Voice Mmmm no, you don’t wanna go in there, it’s messy and confusing (Turn off light and turn on light from another room ) Voice Uuuh no, no there, you want to avoid that one, that room is scary. (Move house or camera) Voice Let me see, ooh there! Yeah that one (Turn on light of room and zoom into room) Voice Oooh this room is great; I have good memories here. It reminds of baking with mum and telling jokes while Dad kept changing the station haha. Awee Dad, I miss him Move camera to anguish room, the lights are dark,) Voice Wait, why did you came here? Uh no you won’t like this its messy we won’t be able think straight, let’s go to another room Transition to calm room Voice (sighs) mmmm this is better, so calm and peaceful. I can think here. I wish we could stay here forever. One colour gets bigger and the colour is almost black


Voice Oh no, what are we doing here? I told you not come here. Scary things happen in this room, you don’t want to stay here, trust me, Shapes get bigger and confusing Voice It’s happening, if we don’t get out of here now it’s going to be harder to find a way out, let’s just go The room goes white or pink Voice Aaaah see this is nice, it’s better just to ignore those rooms, haha now we can relax. Shapes start coming out and moving while the scene turns dark, objects from previous scene are turning dark (Sounds of breathing calm and then faster) everything goes dark Voice Noo, I’m sorry we keep coming back to this room, I can’t control it. Let’s try to find a way out ok? (sounds of breathing) Voice Ok, ok, we can do this, let’s just keep breathing ok? (sounds of breathing) Voice That’s right, keep breathing, it’s ok we’ll find a light. Keep breathing (sounds of breathing) A light can be seen







Learning Outcome

Technical Skills Reflection


Technical Skills


For the project I learned cinema 4D because my original plan was to combine 3d and 2d in after effects. I built the house in cinema 4d. When I decided to do everything flat and just use After Effects I had to practice more on the program and watch several tutorials. I enjoyed this process and learning more about these software. I also learned more about Audition Adobe, this will be helpful in the future for tracks. The keyframe timing in animation I find it a bit tricky, this is something that I still need to practice on.


Reflection I think this project shows a direction I enjoy and possibly will like to develop further. In this project storytelling, scriptwriting and metaphors were key on the making. Which is something I wish to continue studying, specially storytelling. While doing the animation, I spent hours behind the computer, surprisingly I didn’t mind, the hours passed by and I was still really motivated. After Effects has so many tools I will like to keep on exploring. I do know my animation is not 38

there fully, it can be improved, however, I am planning to push my skills further and challenge myself with experimental and artistic film/animation. I feel that in this unit something held me back and I didn’t progressed as much as I would have liked, I felt a bit lost within design during this Unit. While doing the animation I did re-discovered things that I like, for example, digital illustration, small animations, layout, storytelling and, scriptwriting. Which I will continue to pursue.


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The House of Emotions. Visual Summary  
The House of Emotions. Visual Summary