For my final animation I want to work with textiles in a storybook sort of way. I plan to find and scan lots of different textures and use them as backgrounds and to make my characters. I am using Giuseppe Ragazzini’s work as partial inspiration. Obviously I am not that advanced, but I really like how he works with patterns and shapes that are different, yet work together.
For my piece I am imagining soft pastel-like colors in the background with more vivid hues upfront. I may work with the seasons, although I think that is a little contrived. I’m not sure about a plot or a ‘point’ yet. I’m considering making a piece for my grandmother, centered around her farm, or how I think of it. I don’t want to use people (mostly because I can’t really draw/form them very well) but I am thinking about using an animal as my main character.
Honestly, I need to spend more time figuring out the plot, but I want to start working with the materials I chose to see how much I can realistically accomplish in the time frame. I will provide updates as I come by them.
The first video art I chose was Wait for Me by Lena Nosenko. The video can be viewed here.
While I don’t think that this video is really very deep or inspiring, I loved how it was accomplished. Moving over great span on time, it was cool that the artist used the same woman for so many different looks. It really showed how style is transformative and that women could have looked the same throughout the centuries, but how we view them is different. I liked how the use of wigs and outfits moved on their own, it gave the sense that time was passing over her and she had little control of the trends. I would suggest to the artist to use better stabilization and consistency because the woman moves around a lot which is pretty distracting. The music could be less literal, but I think that because the video is pretty slow having another dimension of thought is good.
The next piece I chose was Bass Robots by Marco Tassone. I really like how the color and the graphic elements work in this video. I like the blinking effect because it makes the video seem less static and more robotic, yet imperfect. Although I think the music and motion may be a bit too much, I do think that it lends itself well to the robotic feeling and that everything is too much that people aren’t really living. I like how the graphics build up at the beginning and trail out at the end, it bookmarks the video well so that the middle is the most dynamic portion. I would suggest to the artist to play more with what he has covering the talent’s faces. I think putting the bag like thing on them sort of makes them look like prisoners of war or something, which I don’t it really what he is going for. I would maybe use a more robot like, metallic feeling mask.
The last video I chose was Liquid Jail by Matías Montarcé. I love how this piece is so serene, yet it moves. My favorite shot is of the person standing at the top left and how the liquid moves the image subtly. I think that the sound is especially effective in this piece because it isn’t too literal, it really adds to the video and evokes emotion but without music. The color is also very effective, the desaturation works as an advantage because it adds to the forgotten, old sense of the video. The only part I’m not sure works is the shot near the end that is of some metal structure. I think it really detracts from the unity of the piece and takes away from the overall feeling. I would suggest just removing this scene in it’s entirety.
We had critique for our Cinepoems on Tuesday. Mine, entitled Precipice can be viewed below.
I think I got an overall positive feedback from the class. I got several comments about how the audio really enhanced the quality of the video and the seamless breaks allowed for an immersion into the video. In addition, the class liked my use of lighting and how it evoked emotions even without text or explanation. I would agree with both these comments and would add that I really liked the color composition of the piece as a whole. Filming at night really gave me the advantage and challenge of working with definite light sources. When showing the video to others, they were impressed with my use of filters on the ending lighter shots. When I explain to them how it was created, they are shocked at how I arrived at that effect through my methods.
Among the constructive criticism I received was some minor color corrections to the ending shot which the class believed would allow for greater consistency. I did end up making these changes and being more pleased with my overall result. Additionally, I received comments that the piece was like a horror film, or had frightening imagery. This was definitely not my original intent, but I agree that it has tones of that. I think this is because I was working really hard to capture some kind of deep emotional feeling and may have used too literal of sound effects in combination with video. I think the second half of the video, however, really tones down the horror movie feeling to a more conceptual, artistic level.
If I got the chance to go back and re-do portions of the video I think I would focus more on getting really clean and precise shots in order to increase the cinematic and beautiful qualities.
Another video that I thought was really effective was Lauren Stellato’s piece using appropriated commercial imagery. I think that since this idea has been done a lot it is difficult at times to do it well. I thought that Lauren really succeeded. I loved how she used the movement to transition between the videos so that they looked like they went together, rather than putting in some motion and some static which halts the video. I loved that she used the audio from some videos with the video from others and even mixed them to give contradictory messages. I think that even though she used many different types and eras of video it came through with a cohesive feel and message about commercialization.