Saturday, April 28, 2007

Class Project

This project was fun but kinda got disconnected from me after a while. I think the time away from it hurt me a little though. The in class part was a lot of fun. I enjoyed doing the rayograms and contact printing. Having the room all dark and working with the processing chemicals was fun. Then it dissapered fro a couple weeks and then returned in the middle of chaos. I was a rough cutter on the project along with 3 others. Working with their schedules was a impossible task. Then not knowing what happened after we left it was a little wierd for me. But once I saw all the footage in class I liked what I saw. I think some of the footage looked really good. The heartbeat is pretty crazy looking. I like the way the sound is and I think after everything is said and done the film came together well.

Collage/Found Footage

This project was pretty fun to do. I had a hard time trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do. I wasn't really feeling the whole taking footage from archive and mixing a bunch of clips together, so I decided to take one thing and make it new again. Then I had to decide what to use. Going through my movies I found Night of the Hunter and something just hit me. I knew exactly what clip I wanted to use and what I wanted to do with it. Using the camera to screen transfer technique I learned in class I filmed the clip off my computer and sent it to final cut. I then layered the clip on top of itself and made on clip start a little sooner than the other. This added to the personality of the character that Robert Mitchum plays in the film. After a couple different cuts I found the way I wanted it and stopped. Overall I was really proud of what I saw and had alot of fun doing it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I'm Scared of Clowns...

Yesterday's class was great. Filming the one shot was allot of fun. The only problem was we had to re shoot so I had to redo all my makeup. But it was all worth it to see it projected on the big screen in class. I really thought we executed our idea perfectly and it looked great. I can't wait to get them on the computer and invert them and see it in it's final stages. I'm a little sad that this will be our last assignment using actual film stock, but I had allot of fun while it lasted. I also can't wait to unveil the super 8 animation project. I think the GI Joe fight came out amazing! Well till next time...poop.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

This White Man Must Find His Rhythm

Juan and I met yesterday to film our different portions of the rhythmic editing project. I started to watch the footage and cut little pieces together and had allot of fun. Putting different pieces in till I was satisfied with what I saw. I think these projects are going to be really fun to work on and I can't wait to see the rest of the classes and what they did with theirs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Tums For The Tummy

So it looks like the next few weeks will be pretty packed with stuff to do. I'm really looking forward to the bolex one shot project. I think my group has a great idea, the only problem is making sure it isn't too much for the allotted 28 seconds. But it will be alot of fun to work with the Bolex for the first time. I am also looking forward to the rhythmic project. I think this project will be alot of fun to work on. My only fear is finding the secret rhythm that makes you have an epileptic seizure and wet yourself. That would make for a poor screening.

Now let me mention the various readings we have been assigned. It seemed The Molotov Man and The Ecstasy of Influence articles shared a similar theme in that who has ownership of an image. In Ecstasy, Lethem talks about artists taking something from another artist and making it their own sort of. I loved the Simpson's reference and how he pointed out the hypocrisy within the Disney corporation on copyright infringement. The Molotov Man talked about how one image became so over used that it lost it's original meaning. Much like the image of Che Guevara has lost any meaning it used to have. Now it is nothing more than a man's face on a t-shirt hip kids buy at hot topic. Then The Alternatives in Animation Production article. A very laborious read to say the least. Basically a history lesson in major and independent animation. I have had a little exposure to alot of the artists mentioned in the article from my Avant-Garde film class with Kruel. I think Ecstasy of Influence was my favorite article of the three. Probably because he talked about the Simpson's...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I Think These Chemicals Are Eating My Fingernails...

More than 3 hours have passed and I can still see that red light hanging in the ceiling mocking my corneas and depriving my retinas of much deserved light. Today we did some raograms and contact printing and I learned that steak seasoning not only smells and tastes great, but it also has a cool effect on the film when exposed to a little light. Gummie Bears did a pretty good job but just not what I was hoping for. The contact printing was my favorite though. I really liked the way some parts of the film came out a little blurry and others real clear. I think that will look really cool when we project it. I didn't get to see the last couple of strips we did so I'm really looking forward to the next class to see how those came out. And the next part of this project seems like it will be pretty cool as well.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Why the Fuck is There Rice Everywhere? Is That Film Burning?

I really enjoyed the demos in class Tuesday. Instead of sending the film off for weeks to get processed we watched as the images slowly appeared before our eyes. This technique really appeals to my a.d.d. addled brain and desire for near instant gratification. Just placing some salt, rice, marble bead things, water labels, and using a cell phone to expose the film and've created magical. Then we started a revolution by flipping on the class lights to expose the film. Never again will filmmakers be restricted to pricey cellphone plans in order to create their art.

Later in class we got to watch our element projects and I was fairly pleased. I did fire and water and my partner Juan did wind and earth. I think we both had things that looked differently than we thought they would. Some of the colors on my fire came out alot darker than I had hoped but at least it didn't muck up the projector like I thought it would. All in all I was pleased with what I saw and look forward to our next project.