Motion Graphics | Christoffer Bjerre
"My name is Christoffer Bjerre. I was born in Korea, raised in Denmark and have been living in San Francisco for the past 14 years. I'm a multidisciplinary artist with over a decade of experience in the Motion Graphics industry."
Describe your work in three words
Maximalist, dark, intricate
Describe yourself in three words
Minimalist, Quiet, Meticulous
It's not that I dislike color I just have an obsession with contrast between light and darkness.
When and how did your journey as an artist begin?
I have been drawing since I was able to pick up a pencil and I initially wanted to be a traditional artist or painter. When I didn't get accepted to my first choice of Design school I randomly took a Multimedia design course which led to a 3-month unpaid internship for a small Motion graphics company in San Francisco.
This internship opened up my eyes to the world of animation and visual effects and during my 3 months there I learned how animate and use the proper software enough to land me a job once i graduated. Ever since then it's been a never-ending learning experience trying to develop as an artist and constantly learn how to use new tools.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
I'm a big cinephile and I constantly use my favorite films as inspiration for compositions, lighting or color reference. A film that I often go back to is Wong Kar Wai's In the mood for love. It's beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle and it is a great exercise in purposeful visual storytelling. If you strip all the dialog you would still be able to understand the narrative through the meticulous compositions and clever visual subtext. I also draw heavily from classic Sci-fi like Solaris, Stalker and A Space Odyssey: 2001.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
In general, I tend to go for a dark and moody atmosphere. I like monochromatic palettes and everything greyscale.
Are there any projects you are currently pursuing?
I'm currently finishing up a short film which is meditation on the art of creation. It should be done very soon.