If you long for the days when RoboCop, TRON, and Escape from New York Dominating the big screen or wondering why the 80’s and 90’s aesthetic seems to be everywhere these days, we have a word for you –vaporwave. Vaporwave emerged as an electronic music genre in the 2010s when samples of popular 80s and 90s songs and lounge music were used to compose songs. But now it’s also become an aesthetic that’s spilled over into music videos, films, and television. Curious to find out more? Wondershare, the developers of the Filmora video editing software, have put together a visual trend book that explains everything.
With vibrant color palettes – think neon pink and cyan – Vaporwave is a vision of how we once envisioned the future. Inspired by VHS tapes, Game Boy, Atari, old-school fashion, and early web design, vaporwave’s charm lies in the nostalgia it evokes. It reminds us of simpler times and is a retro look into the future.
Even if you still can’t quite picture what vaporwave looks like, you’ve probably seen it many times. Elements of vaporwave can be seen in popular TV shows like stranger things and black mirror. They can also be seen in music videos by artists like Drake, whose Hotline Bling used vaporwave to deliver his message, or Ed Sheeran, whose cross me Video contains vaporwave effects.
The film journey starring Ryan Gosling is an incredible example of how vaporwave aesthetics translate to cinema. Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn, the 2011 film uses glowing neon to bring the story to life. The cinematography is key to the film as there is little dialogue. And that film wasn’t Gosling’s only star in a vaporwave film. His 2017 movie Bladerunner 2049 is infused with vaporwave effects to bring the neo-noir story to life.
So what do you do if you are a creator who wants to add trendy vaporwave effects to your content? Wondershare has you covered. Thanks to a variety of different vaporwave effect packs, you can improve your visuals in no time at all. These include laser art to enhance your title sequences, as well as the Vaporwave Pack, which gives you everything you need to create an on-trend masterpiece. Not only does it include vaporwave transitions, overlays, and elements, but also carefully curated audio clips to complete the mood.
Wondershare loves helping developers bring their visions to life and is always open to new trends. They keep developers trending with them by releasing add-on packs to enhance their video editing software Filmora and their Filmstock video library.
To celebrate this new trend, Wondershare is asking users to get involved. Simply create designs with vaporwave elements, then share them on social media using the hashtag #CreatewithWondershare and tag @Wondershare by December 10, 2022. Wondershare’s favorite contributors will receive a $200 creative fund for their next project and their project will be featured on the Wondershare website.
Vaporwave is a trending aesthetic based on nostalgia for the 1980s and 1990s.
Learn all about incorporating vaporwave into your content with Wondershare’s visual trend book.
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