Behind the Scenes: Designing the Opening Sequence for A Geeky Gal’s New YouTube Channel

We’ve been talking about it for months! And now we are finally off the ground. I’m proud to be a part of helping Megan from A Geeky Gal begin her dreams of making YouTube content for her blog! Before continuing, why not watch her first video for yourself!

That’s right. Thanks to a lot of help from Matt at Normal Happenings, my dream of creating a YouTube channel has become a reality. I’m excited to present to you, my first video!

She may be the talent in front of the camera — but she did have a little help! I set up the lighting and the camera, and did the editing and audio mixing. Oh, and there is the little matter of the opening sequence. I’m kind of proud of that that.

If you’re a fan of American TV, there’s a good chance that you knew the source of inspiration right off the bat. The television program Parks and Recreation is a favorite for Nikki and me, and I’ve always adored the smooth, sliding mosaic effect of the show’s intro. When I tasked myself with designing the opening sequence, there was no doubt I wanted to pay homage to it.

I kicked my After Effects skills into overdrive and spent a few days finding images that fit her style, colors, and subject matter. Getting the timing and scaling right was the hardest part — I needed to avoid the images bumping into each other. Finally, I had to tailor the easy ease effect for each component to give it that smooth feeling found in the material it was inspired by. We initially thought about adding a dedicated theme tune, but we settled on ramping up and down the background music in accordance to the content. Doing so seems fit with the smoothness of the sequence a little more, plus it allows me to sync things up to the cool parts of the music.

This is one of those rare moments when the end result came out better than I expected. Future plans include designing a similarly-styled end-card and developing slight derivatives of the sequence based on what Megan is covering in the video.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Love it? See anything that needs improvement? Don’t be afraid to leave your feedback!

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