Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Exhibition Space Layout & Explanation

The event was held on Wednesday 2nd December 2009.

This is my layout for my exhibition space. There is plenty of seating and a wide space for the video to be seen by its audience.

I decided to pick the restaurant as my exhibition space because it meant that once the audience had sat down, nothing apart from the video would change the viewer’s mood. This meant it was easier for me to find out what the audience’s opinion on the video was. The space, being the Le Corden Vert Restaurant on the college campus, related to my video because of the fruit scene, as well as the Restaurant serving fruit. I didn't set up any lights or having anything else in the room except for the music that was installed from my menu, on the DVD.

a group of people decided to show their work, in the same space, to make it easier for more of the audience. The audience included family members and friends, however, family members viewing their daughters work, would be considered to be strangers watching my video, this was so I could get a better evaluation on my work. The same would be said for other visitors at the event.

Experimental Video - Evaluation

The experimental video project started just 7 weeks ago. From the 26th of October the paper work was started, this included storyboards, animatics, shooting schedules and assessments.

My idea started off being something completely different, and many things had meant that I had to change it; I wanted to keep the production as a stop-motion animation film. My storyboard had meant that if I drew in too much detail, it may have spoiled the story. Luckily, I was able to create a basic image with simple details, e.g. an arrow to show movement, or a symbol to show where music will be played. This had also meant that if need be, I could continue past the storyboard in case I needed more footage.

Once all the paperwork had been confirmed, filming began from the 2nd November. This had meant that I had 2 weeks to get all the pictures onto a memory card ready for the following weeks. I was a little worried at the start of everything because I didn’t know if I had left enough time to do all the filming without running into editing time. The day had started with 40 mins spent on deciding whether to have the black backdrop or not. This had worried me more, due to keeping to the time schedule. This problem was due to the camera over-exposing the wooden men and the fruit on the table. After deciding not to have the backdrop the camera focused onto the wall at the back instead of the objects - maybe I should have tried to work with the backdrop.

The first days work went really well in my opinion, I got enough pictures to complete the first ‘scene’. Later that day, the pictures where edited slightly ahead of schedule, and placed onto facebook.

The second day proposed more problems to be dealt with. The main problem was not having enough idea’s to start the second scene. Eventually, the crew and I had made the best use of our time as well as resources. I had brought some 'blue tack' to help change the wooden men’s appearance. This then made the third scene. Again, the first day’s scene was copied slightly. This had meant that it was repeating itself, although as a final product it wouldn’t matter as there was still the second scene to do.

The third and last day of taking the pictures for the video, the pictures made the last and second scene of the video. This was the last scene of the video, and everything went well. The use of blue tack helped to animate the fruit and table that I wasn’t able to animate the day before. The crew made the few scenes’ funny as well as getting them done quickly, giving us the opportunity to add more picture if necessary. Fortunately, we didn’t feel the need to add more scenes. The blue tack helped a lot with the fruit and it made the scene more creative because I didn’t have to worry about something falling off the 'table' or rolling off the desk.

Once all the filming had been done, I was able to edit all the pictures together, whilst adding music or any transitions I thought I needed. My thought of lack of time had meant during the previous weeks I had edited together the pictures at home, this had meant I had more time to find music and special effects. Fortunately, I had left myself with plenty of time to do all the editing. To start with many problems arose. One of the main problems was not being able to find any classical music. This had meant I had to spend slightly longer on the music. In the end I chose to go with a jazz piece of music, and edit it so it was just a violin playing. This made it sound like it was playing a piece of classical music. During the editing weeks I also had to make some voices up. I did this by asking the crew to mimic something which was shown on TV. This had made it easier to be edited along with the pictures because I knew what the scenes where and what type of sounds should go with them.

My exhibition was on Wednesday 2nd December, in the Le Corden Vert restaurant. Along side my video; I gave the audience a questionnaire to fill out. I thought that the questionnaire would be the best way to try to find out the audience’s opinion on the video. This included some simple questions as well as some more complex questions, without there being any discussions. Overall, many members of the audience didn’t actually watch many short films but liked my first attempt at creating an experimental short. Many also agreed that they didn’t know what the concept of the video was. I think that this was better, instead of it being really simple and easy to guess. Nearly everyone agreed that my fruit animation was amusing as well as the sound effects. The majority of the people liked the second scene, the fruit animation, with the third scene being liked second best.

Many spotted the problems I tried to avoid, for example seeing hands appear in the shots or slightly out of focus wooden men etc. Sometimes this wasn’t able to be helped, but then again, I think this adds an element of improvement. I personally think it looks better with the odd mistake.

Overall, many of the members of the audience found it was a good effort for a first attempt. Many things could have been better if I had more time, i.e. having classical music.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Experimental Video Post-Production Diary

23rd November
All the images had been uploaded at home. Once the images had been put into the correct order and timings were sorted out at home it would have been easier on me during the production weeks to create music and the certain sound effects to match the pictures.

24th November
Today more music was added as well as opening and ending credits, the still frame was taken and everything was put into a final video. Once the video had been converted, a menu was made and the still frame as well as the final video got placed into the menu. After this, the final video and menu options got burned onto a compact disk.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Experimental Video Diary

Day one - Monday
40 mins spent on deciding whether to have the black backdrop or not. Mainly because the camera over exposed the wooden man and the fruit on the table. After deciding not to have the backdrop the camera focused onto the wall at the back instead of the objects - maybe I should have tried to work with the backdrop. Wooden men and fruit etc worked really well and there was a good first scene. Edited the days work together and placed onto facebook.

Day two - Tuesday
The crew and I had no idea what to do, I had brought some 'blu tack' to help animate the fruit and table. Stupidly I left the fruit at home, instead the crew and I created faces on the wooden men so that they became different people to the ones in the first scene, therefore we were able to create another dance/bowling scene.

Day three - Wednesday
Last scene of the video, and everything went well. However very few pictures didnt work. Although the use of blu tack helped alot. The crew made the few scene's funny as well as getting them done easily. The blu tack helped alot with the fruit and it made the scene more creative because I didnt have to worry about something falling off the 'table' or rolling off the desk.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Gisele Kerozene by Jan Kounen 1989

Gisele Kerozene by Jan Kounen is a stop-motion animation film made in the late eighties. It is set in a modern city with a small statue as the main prop - the most important. Three main characters are chasing the statue after the fourth steals it. One by one the three characters are defeated by the fourth. It happens around the city weaving in and out of buildings.

Being a stop-motion animation film it allows the actors to fly on their motorised flying brooms, this means the story line is easy to follow because the concept is simple. This concept could be one of the main characters is meant to steal the bird statue, therefore the others are meant to follow the thief. The whole video has an element of humor to keep the audience interested.

Muto by BLU

Muto by BLU in 2006 is another stop-motion animation, instead of people its graffitti drawn on walls which have then been animated to create the motion of the characters moving along the walls.

The concept of the film in my opinion is about birth, death and recreation. This is a clue from the film becuase the 'men' on the walls keep changing and evolving as well as becoming something new. Its a good way to represent the recreation that happens during life. There is also a sence of humor being presented in the film, for example, a man sneezes and 'breaks' his head.


The Girl Chewing Gum By John Smith - 1976

'The Girl Chewing Gum' by John Smith was created in 1976, in a town centre.

'The Girl Chewing Gum' uses a camera to shoot in a continuous motion which allows us to see what is happening as it happens. This is so no jumpiness between scenes or pictures is created unless they are meant to be placed there, by using the cut effect in editing.

'The Girl Chewing Gum' requires the audience to constantly watch the artwork from beginning to end to understand everything. The narrator in the beginning of the film is telling the audience what happens, and its worded to make it sound like he is a director telling the set and cast members what to do. Eventually, the narrator then reveals that he is miles away in a park.

This spin on the film allowed the audience to be put into a false sense of believing something, once the viewer had watched the film, the reaction made by the audience at the very end of the film allows the concept of the video to be expressed. I would say that this was the concept of the film.

Deadline Post-it - Bang-Yao Lui 2008

Bang-Yao Lui created the stop-motion animation film for his final project at Savannah College of Art and Design.

The animation took 3 months to film, 3000 post-it notes and 1 week to edit. The use of the editing program makes the viewers feel like they are watching something which took a week to film, and shorter to edit. Its not until the end where you realise how much effort the crew and creator went to for the final project.

The use of colour on the wall makes it seem more realistic and giving the post-it notes a personality - of course they cannot move, but the animation makes it feel like they are moving across the wall into different shapes and objects. The size of the animation makes the personification of the post-it notes even more real. I feel it also makes everything easier to understand while watching the animation.

The use of colour, editing and size makes the video seem like it has been created by professionals, it surprised me to find out it was done by students.

The concept of the video isnt clear if you watch it a couple of times. Its clear to see that the video has a sturcture, with a beginning, middle and an end. From my point of view, the concept could be exploring the idea of a fully craft driven piece, using stop-motion animation.

Posting it on YouTube allowed the world to see his creation, now its been recognised as a wonderful video by E4's series 'RudeTube' making an appearance in the 'Weird and Wonderful' episode.

stop motion dead line senior project cool animation DEADLINE Post it Stop Motion, Directed by Bang yao Liu!  Stop Motion Animation At Its Best!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Chapter 3 - Narrative and non-narrative structures

Artists have to take into consideration whether their piece needs a narrative structure or not. This could mean if the audience can admire the work and then move on, or if the audience has to admire the work from beginning to end to understand the artist's point of view.

'The Girl Chewing Gum' by John Smith requires the audience to admire the work from beginning to end to understand everything. This is because at the beginning the narrator tells us what he was to happen, as if he is a director, and the audience pick up on this straight away. However, something during the middle of the film doesn't add up. As the information is fed to the audience by the film, the behaviours of people around and the narrator talking doesn't fit the way it used to fit in the very beginning. This then gives the middle part of the film and at the very end, the narrator explains who he is, its not who the audience assumed he is. Therefore this gives the film the structured, beginning, middle and end.

Tina Gonsalves' Chameleon doesn't have a structured story like 'The Girl Chewing Gum'. Tina Gonsalves had created pieces of artwork that the audience didn't need to constantly look at to understand the whole idea. This meant the audience could look at one piece (in this case an interactive photo) and then move onto another. Without having to constantly look at the artwork unfold its story by beginning, middle and end it made it easier for the audience to understand what the artist was meant to achieve.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Chapter 2 - Technology, Techniques and Styles

'DEADLINE - Post-it' (YouTube) Bang-Yao Liu 2008

'The Girl Chewing Gum' by John Smith 1976

In the space of 33 years, technology has meant that more and more of people's ideas can be expressed better, with it becoming more realistic as technology advances.

The 'DEADLINE post-it' Video was created by a student from
Savannah College of Art and Design for their final project (available on YouTube). By only using stop-motion animation it has shown the advancement in technology, which means that more and more of the creators ideas can be expressed better. Another way of showing the advancement in technology is the images are able to be stitched together to make the video have a smoother transition between pictures.

'The Girl Chewing Gum' uses a camera to shoot in a continuous motion which allows us to see what is happening as it happens which is easier on both the crew and the audience. This is because there is no jumpiness between scenes or pictures unless they are meant to be placed there, by using the cut effect in editing.

The styles vary differently, but they both have the same outcome, they both are trying to show the audience something. In one film this is exploring the idea of a fully craft driven piece by the use of stop-motion animation and clever shots as well as a mix of good music and clever animation skills, whereas the other video is trying to convince people the order in the way it happens, when actually it is prerecorded and watching from a certain distance by continuous shots, and have clever sentences over the shots, repeated to create the first impression which leads to the audience's assumption.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Chapter 1 - Past And Current Artist Work

For this I am going to discuss Andy Huang's 'Doll Face' (1996) and 'The Girl Chewing Gum' by John Smith (1976). Andy Huang's 'Doll Face' follows a robot's journey's to try to find perfection which leads ultimately to the robot self destructing because of not being able to find perfection. Where as 'The Girl Chewing Gum' by John Smith is a town center scene where there is a narrator, telling the audience what the narrator wants to happen. Although it is later revealed that the narrator is telling the audience what has already happened at the particular location.

A main similarity of the two experimental videos is the video tells the audience a lie. In Andy Huang's video this is the TV telling the robot that the image on screen is the perfection that the robot should aim for. However when this image changes again, the robot is again being told what perfection should be, and as before, the robot copies. A similarity occurs in John Smith's video. The narrator is telling the audience what happens, and its worded to make it sound like he is a director telling the set and cast members what to do. After minutes of this happening, the narrator then reveals that he is miles away in a park. The beginning of the film makes it look like we are watching something in creation, in fact we are watching it and assuming somethings happening. The reveal of the narrators true identity comes as a shock for the audience because of the first assumption that he was a director.

A difference between the two films is the way the similarity is played to the audience. In 'Doll Face' the object or person is the TV, this is shown as the most important character because the TV is telling the doll/robot what to do. This is understood almost instantly by the audience. However in John Smith's film it is not instantly understood who takes control of the scene. We (as an audience) have hints and idea's that it be the man talking and narrating the piece, but is later revealed that the man talking isn't who the audience assume he is. The difference is the understanding made by the audience of who each character could be, in one film the understanding is made instantly, in the other film the understanding takes a little longer to be known to the audience.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Chapter 6 - Different Interpretations

Many people have different interpretations of things that they may see, whether on a daily basis or on a one off trip, for example in the Tate Modern.

The interpretations made by the audience of the artwork in the Tate Modern may be different as everyone will have different opinions and these opinions effect their conclusions of the art-work they might see.

Some examples of this could include Robert Therrien's 'No Title (A Table And Four Chairs)'. Many people, including myself, didn't think that this was art. After reading the descriptive plaque on a wall to describe the artists views to try to explain his reasons for creating the art, it later changed the way I viewed the piece, therefore the plaque on the wall could have changed the way others saw the table and four chairs.

Another piece experienced at the Tate Modern was Anish Kapoor's structure. As before, you needed to read the plaque on the wall to understand what the artist was thinking. To start off with, it looked like art although it was still unclear what it meant without reading the plaque. It could be the reflection of anything, being distorted and changed to be something else or something new. However, when I read the plaque, my interpretation was completely different to the artist's view - making it feel like my personal interpretation wrong. Taking this into consideration, as well as including my personal opinion, i think artists make artwork with multiple meanings because everyone might read it differently to the original idea, therefore it would make it easier to create different meanings.

If everybody had the same interpretation on art or on every day objects, nothing would be any different because everyone will think the same about those objects. There would be no contrast between something being art or not, there would be no difference in opinion between the art objects, it would make art boring because no one can explore what the meaning of the object or what they think of the object when they see it.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Chapter 5 - My Experimental Video Idea

My experimental video is inspired by many works of art published first on YouTube, now being published on TV channels such as E4 (RudeTube) and channel 4. The concept of the stop-motion animation video is exploring the idea of a fully craft-driven piece of work.

The whole video will use stop-motion animation until the very last scene, this will be using a normal video recorder.
The first few scene's will involve the main character (a wooden art figure) doing everyday tasks, like moving things around and clearing things up. The scene's in the middle will consist of the main character preparing for a party or gathering.
Unfortunately, only one person turns up. Another character (another wooden art figure - and the only one turning up) will join the main character for a party, each will do something different at the party. The last scene will consist of 2 people re-creating a scene from the stop-motion clips or creating a new scene to add onto the end.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance)

Created by Godfrey Reggio, Koyaanisqatsi, the 1hour 23minute long film to me represents life in different stages. Going from very colourful images to dark and gloomy images, paired with the music makes the viewer feel many different emotions towards the pictures being shown. For example, an image of a street which is over crowded as well as the music, in turn it makes the viewer feel uncomfortable as well by seeing the images. However, the images may be a contradiction compared to the music. Some may feel that the music has a relaxing or calming effect, instead if being sad or tense.

All of the images included in the film are interesting in their own way. Some may be colourful and grab the attention of the viewer in a good way, like watching the city at night, the dark colours contrast with the lights of the streets or cars. However, some may be colourful yet be shocking for the viewer to watch, for example, the rocket blowing up, the colours of the flames contrasting against the blue sky. The majority of the pictures around the cities and towns are sped up, this may be because it fits with the music that had been placed with it.

An example of this is the second to last shot, the rocket blowing up. The music that is paired with it builds up the tension between viewer and the picture, as people are watching the rocket take off the music builds up the tension as well as making people feel more relaxed with the rocket as if nothing is going to happen. At the time of the rocket blowing up, the music makes the people feel shocked as well as feeling upset about the destruction because the false sense of the rocket being okay, it also makes the viewers question if what they had just seen involved anyone or question why they are being shown the picture of the rocket blowing up.

From having watched the Koyaanisqatsi film, it seems that there is no obvious concept or controlling idea. To me it just seems like a couple of cleverly shot pictures have been cunningly mixed or placed together with some influential music to make the viewers judge and evaluate the images and the music to come to their own conclusion.


Thursday, 24 September 2009

Chapter 4 - The Use of Exhibition Space To Create Meaning

The two artworks I will be talking about are Anish Kapoor's 'Ishi's Light' from 2003 and Robert Therrien's 'No Title (a table and four chairs)' also from 2003.

Anish Kapoor's 'Ishi's Light' is a structure with two plain colours. Being a matt brown on the outside, the attention is drawn to the inside of the shape, a gloss on the inside reveals a dark red colour. The artist said that it is to 'represent the creation of the universe'.
Being in a plain room painted white, the colours of the artwork draw the viewers attention to it. As well as the contrast of the colours on the inside of the artwork compared to the colour of the walls. As a viewer of the art the meaning was unclear, and still is. By knowing what the artist tried to reflect in the art work, it makes it slightly easier to understand the meaning of the artwork.
Anish Kapoor Ishi's Light 2003

Robert Therrien's 'No title (a table and four chairs)' is simply a table and four chairs placed around that table. The concept behind the artwork is to try to explain that art comes in many forms, even if they are objects that are used on a daily basis.
As the same as before, being in a plain painted room the artwork stand out, as there is nothing else to look at. The viewers attention is no longer diverted onto other things in the room. The lighting, showed in the picture, make it seem as though its right as well and being wrong. For example, being the right size whilst being the wrong size. Being such a bold colour it makes it even easier for people to notice the artwork. Being able to walk under the table and chairs made them seem even bigger, or me, smaller.
Robert Therrien No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003

Either of these artwork items fit within the surroundings of an exhibition. Either of them would look different if they where in a town center or field.
Anish Kapoor's 'Ishi's Light' I feel is more flexible and can adjust dependant of the surroundings it is placed within. If it was placed into the town center, it still looks like art, but maybe creating the feeling that its a sculpture to show what's going on instead of trying to reflect the whole universe.
Robert Therrien's 'No Title ( A Table And Four Chairs)' isn't as flexible when it is placed in different surroundings, as it looks its best in the current surroundings of the exhibition. If it was placed in the town center, it may look like an advert for furniture instead of trying to put across the idea that ordinary objects could be seen as art if they were seen in a different way or from a different point of view.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Andy Huang - Doll Face

First impressions after watching the experimental video were mixed, however the more I seemed to watch it, the more things became clear and easier to explain. This is my interpretation of the initial concept by the video creator.

The plain/clean face at the start of the video could imply that the rest of the video is going to create something on the face, as if it was a blank canvas. The random images on the TV could give a suggestion of being unimportant or irrelevant to the ‘robot’.

Firstly the TV focuses on a face, unclear to the viewer; who’s or why etc, however the ‘robot’ takes an interest and seems to copy the make-up on the displayed face. To the viewer this could suggest they are not content with the way they look or they believe that the face on the TV is the only way to look - every other way is wrong.

The smile at the end of the ‘improvements’ could suggest that the ‘robot’ is looking for an answer within the TV and appears to be startled when the picture suddenly changes to another series of random pictures and onto yet another face. Yet again the ‘robot’ feels like its wrong, therefore more adjustments are made. With each face appearing the TV moves away and the ‘robot’ follows it. However after this appearing face, the TV moves too far away from the robot and it’s not possible for the ‘robot’ to be able to see the face.

The ‘robot’ and the TV break at the same time which gives an impression that there is a connection between the two objects.

The broken ‘robot’ on the floor suggest the final adjustment the ‘robot’ was prepared to take would have been too much and potentially ruining something that was good enough in the first place. The music is trying to promote emotion towards the pain of the ‘robot’ breaking however the music is more obvious towards the end, although it does play all the way through.

When the TV shows everything it could suggest what could happen if other ‘robots’ went through the same thing (changing too many times, then breaking) or showing what happens in normal society. People change and not all the time they are accepted and because of that, they feel they have to change even more to fit in.

As the larger TV shows the viewer everything that is going on, the TV that the viewers were originally focusing on starts to get closer to the broken ‘robot’, maybe to suggest to people who cant always have what you dream for, sometimes you have to settle for what you have, until change comes to you or to question what has just happened.

The last shot of random images, to me, suggest that it is better to focus on difference rather then on one particular image of someone you may look up to or way of looking/feeling to be similar to the image.