Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Project Evaluation - Assignment 6

Even when I heard you say that most people in your last 6X1 class said they liked the found footage the best, I didn’t really think there was any way it would be my favorite. The idea of shifting through hours of footage and trying to make unconventional connections with them seemed like it was going to be a shot in the dark, and too difficult to do. Now that it’s over and done with, however, I have to admit that I think it was my favorite too. I liked the freedom, (even if it did drive me a little crazy at time, I think this is a good comparison to the comfort you get from the rigid guidelines of assign. 5).
The hardest thing for me was picking a topic. With so many options I wanted to make sure I got the best one for me and gave myself plenty of time to take care of it. Truth be told, I don’t know that the one I chose was the best, but I really enjoyed it so for all I know it was. It’s something that I’ve thought about casually when watching televangelists so I think that’s what got me into it.
Editing was difficult. I had some minor problems in Bear Hall lab but they were eventually overcome and the end product was better than I had at one point anticipated. There were some unexpected happy accidents in there, like when the kid for the Goonies’ mouth matched up with the audio of another preacher that I found. That is what I like about editing. Seeing stuff come together in expected and unexpected ways always gives me a good feeling inside. I even like that it ended up being one and a half minutes. I think had it been any shorter or longer it wouldn’t have felt right. I don’t know though, that may just be me.

Project Evaluation - Assignment 3

The hand processing assignment was neat to me. As in the one shot, I really enjoyed getting to develop the film ourselves. I actually feel like a “film” student since now I’ve had hands on training with something besides digital. I had never in my life been exposed to hand processing techniques like contact printing and rayograms and the like. I think they came out much the way I expected them to, but still really strangely beautiful in black and white.
I feel like I forgot about it a bit as the class went on and more projects stared piling on. I was so involved with one shot and rhythmic editing that for a while I think I might have almost forgotten about it. When we split up to do everything separately it didn’t feel like there was very much direction for the project. I didn’t know quite what anyone else was hoping for. I did the rough cut and added the inter-titles. Looking back on it I don’t know how I feel about the “sport them.” It’s cool but I wonder if something else might have made other people happier. If everyone’s happy, then I’m happy too.
Seeing it screened in it’s progressive stages was helpful. It was kind of neat to see it evolve as it went from my rough cut to the first screening and then to the final screening. Every time I watch it I try to look for little parts that spark something in me. One thing that sticks out to me that I don’t think anyone else really mentioned was the way the little star clip runs by in the adrenaline segment. It’s like, the heart is beating faster and you get this little rush of stars, I imagine stars floating through someone’s veins wish is a kind of weird/cool image. I’m definitely not disappointed with the finished product.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Take it Back.

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Just a little experimentation with basic editing. Can you understand what I say at all?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Video #3

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Parents ever tell you not to sit too close? Let's make up for lost time...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Brakhage Article

It wasn't until this year that I even knew the name Stan Brakhage. In my documentary film class we watched "The act of seeing with one's own eyes" which was shot by Brakhage in the early 90's. All I heard about him was that his films were always silent, and considering the heavy use of bone saws in that film, I was grateful for that. However, after viewing the film and thinking about his other films - of which I saw perhaps, two - I came to the conclusion that he was a quack of a filmmaker who couldn't make it as a "real" filmmaker and thus had to resort to painting by numbers on film like a three year old. In my opinion he was given recognition solely because of the difficulty of his work's creation.
After reading this article, I respect the man a great deal more. This wasn't just mindless tinkering with film that he was doing, that was serious, legitimate study and exploration of the possibilities of the medium. Sure, film was created with the idea that it should be used in a camera, but truly great minds take an idea like that and build on it. The most impressive part of the article to me was when he was discussing synchronized projection to whoever he was writing the letter to. I feel odd making this comparison, but it was almost like reading one of the letters of Paul in the New Testament. He was giving careful advice and instruction to this other filmmaker based on his experiences. I particularly liked his description of the 1958 screening of Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, which he estimates about 15 people saw in it's correct form. I think it illustrates well the difficulties in all areas of this type of filmmaking.
Half the article, it seems like, was written on splicing methods. That's pretty insane considering splicing is just a tiny aspect of making these films work. I can't imagine working in darkness or animating with inks for hours on end then having splicing issues and distribution issues on top of that. It seems like a lot of work for not a lot of payoff, but for Brakhage I suspect the payoff came to him in other ways. I am extremely impressed by the work of his that I've seen and reading this article and being in this class has played a big role in that change for me.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Mmmm Mmmm

At lunch today I considered who would win in a fight between the two...and had some free time.

Cheese it! It's the Fuzz!

My title has absolutely nothing to do with this post, I have just always wanted an excuse to use that line and since I never find myself in such situations, here it appears.

The elements project is a little bit frightening. I have a game plan, I know what I want to do with both Earth and Fire, but now some new issues have come about. After reading some other people's blogs I now see that Rapidograph ink is hard to come by in Wilmington. I think using sharpies might give the same effect I'm looking for, but I'm not sure.

I want to keep this simple, not only because making it complicated might drive me crazy, but because I think the elements in and of themselves are simple and the same, no matter where you find them. For earth I want to see if I can incorporate the greenish tint from the scratching of the emulsion into it. I don't know if that'll happen on our clear leader, but I guess I'll find out. I'll cover the strip with varying intensities of brown and scratch away at it like the cracked earth, hopefully letting the green come through as well as some white (which I'm going to say represents granite).

For fire I had a little bit different idea. When I thought about it what came to my mind were these little balls of fire. Almost like polka dots of flame. I think that several red, yellow, and orange dots that grow and "explode" on the film will work nicely. Of course, I don't know how anything is really going to look until I see it up on the screen. Of the two, I'm probably most looking forward to seeing fire.

I'm going out of town this weekend so tonight I'll be trying to get the majority of work done. Using sharpies instead of ink does make me nervous because I'm not sure if it's going to show through like I want it to. Hopefully when I get started it'll become clearer as to whether or not it's going to work.