Okay, I super loved this class. I recommended it to my roommate, and we are the cattiest, bitchiest people alive. We don’t recommend things lightly.
I had a lot of technical skills going into this class, just from having had the money to have access to Creative Suite and being able to click on things until they did stuff, but it was really really helpful having a purpose and a goal and just being let loose. There’s some work I did in this class that I’m really proud of, some less so, but I learned during all of it. I learned a lot about composition, something which I haven’t really learned much about as a largely self-taught artist. Some of it I’ve had vague ideas about without really knowing the terms for it, and other stuff I was totally new to.
Also, weirdly, I kind of learned about critique and how to critique and about not being married to your ideas and about how critique is not people personally attacking your art, god, Ingrid, calm down. I liked the balance we had in this class of constructive criticism and compliments. I guess that was my personal most important takeaway. Another takeaway in a general sense would be like, “visual media communicates ideas. How do you want to communicate your ideas? *slideshow of composition elements*”
I think I’ll definitely keep doing this blog. I really like the concept of the “process log”, even if no one sees it or cares in the future. That’s definitely what I’ll carry over from this class.
So that’s it. My last DP blog post. The post that hurts the most, truly. Tune in over the summer for random bits of thoughts and process logs for other projects because I wasn’t saying that last part just for credit. Thank you to Nell for being awesome.
My video is based on the word “Exhausting.” That word, as a student, instantly conjured images of finals and all-nighters. I shot from overhead, using a flexible tripod mounted to nearby furniture, and captured the whole scene in one shot. I used Final Cut Pro to speed up the three minutes of video I’d shot into faster and gradually slower chunks, so that it fit into a minute. I then added previously recorded audio of feet on gravel (a ~12 second loop), which I manipulated to gradually slow over a minute. Also in Final Cut, I added a blur filter and a blur transition to give the impression of tired ‘blinking’ toward the end of the clip. My vision of the project was very clear-cut and didn’t stray far from its original conception and storyboard – I took some good advice that the image should blur instead of gradually darkening, but other than that the video matches the storyboard almost perfectly.
I AM FINISHED WITH MY VIDEO. IT IS DONE. I WISH TO GAZE UPON IT NO LONGER.
I’m glad that I had to do this project, even though it wasn’t ‘fun’ like the others were. I learned about Final Cut Pro, and a little about filmmaking. I mostly learned that I am not a filmmaker and was heartbroken because I had my Oscar speech all rehearsed.
I’m also happy that my project was less labor intensive, so I got to spend some free studio time working on my balloon man GIF. Teaching myself Flash was fun – I love learning things in a school environment, so much, but there’s something extra-special about just clicking on stuff until you figure it out. You get a sense of pride in your work that you don’t get when someone held your hand through it.
HAHAHA now all I have to do is fix the speed of the Ice Cream bounce
seeing if I can get my GIF to work. I can, but the colors are wonky.
Me right now:
I’m so ready for the semester to be over. I’m functionally done with my video. Now I’m trying to teach myself Flash so I can one day animate my little balloon man in the corner.
I finally married the video and audio today for my project. I also got the blur the way I wanted it and FINALLY got it down to a minute. That’s what I got. This project is really bumming me out in a way, because I just feel so uncreative and like I’m doing it wrong somehow. It feels like work in a way that the other projects, and drawing or painting, doesn’t. I’m living in the nightmare of being not very detail-oriented, and yet being a perfectionist, and I think I can deal with that a lot better in things like drawing where I can fudge the details and pass it off as style. In video, things like jerky cuts and random appearances of things in the frame are much more noticeable, and always look amateurish, unless you’re making a tribute to Ed Wood. It’s driving me more berserk than I was.
Soz. Here’s my screenshot.
I went to Professor Korol’s art talk on Thursday. I was in her painting class briefly before I had problems with another student and dropped, but I’d never seen any of her work before. She seems to have three really distinct styles; she does paintings that are semi-realistic but kind of distorted, ink drawings, and abstract paintings. She’s also done some really interesting collaborations with artists in other fields. My favorite thing in the presentation was when she showed a video of her friend “dancing” one of her drawings. It was so cool – the friend made up the choreography on the fly and danced to music that was being played and composed in-studio. The mood of the whole thing – the dance, the music, the drawing – reminded me really strongly of the 1977 Dario Argento giallo movie Suspiria, which is one of my favorite movies. If I had to condense my whole aesthetic down to one movie, it would be Suspiria.
She talked a lot about being bilingual and how art is a form of communication, which I think is definitely what we’ve been talking about all semester, but with the video project especially. We’re talking about communicating concepts a lot, and while Korol doesn’t necessarily want people to take anything quite as cut-and-dry as one word from her work, it still applies.