This morning I had my Korsakow review with Adrian, I think it was really worthwhile to sit down, with the moving work in front of us and examine it in the process of watching/exploring it.
Major points Adrian made:
- The work was too busy. He said most people have this tendency to want to fill the entire page with ‘stuff’. For me, this is definitely an unconscious tendency and something I have to really become aware of. To me, it’s just a natural thing to fill the screen because I feel like it makes the viewer comfortable. But when works are too crowded, viewers can become overwhelmed and get into a frenzy of attempting to understand all the elements in conjunction rather than having space to view each one separately.
- Working in a grid – This is a important design element and is all about being visually/aesthetically coherent. The bottom of the last thumbnail should align with the bottom of the SNU screen, because the amount of text changes throughout the project, yet the size of the thumbnails and SNU remain consistent throughout.
- Use of Text – I think Adrian is right, I did definitely get too caught up in the textual side. It’s funny, I kind of forgot that each video had thematic connections to others before I even started using Korsakow. Like the theme of family, of introspection and of experience. I could have used these as 3 key words to connect similar videos rather than overcomplicating the work by attempting to find patterns in abstract ideas I applied to them. If i had just been able to see the patterns that were already there and work with them, I think I could have made a more accessible project.
This session was great, because it will really set me up well to approaching the final task. This subject is not anchored in my strengths, but i’m really enjoying the learning experience, and today has been another one which is quite affirming. Trust the patterns that exist, have faith in your ideas and dont be afraid of simplicity!
I think the reason I like this video the most out of the two is that the sound evokes so much – it kind of sets the tempo and is a constant throughout the video..and I really do love wasabi peas, anytime, anywhere. Poprocks are cool too, but slightly strange.
This week’s topics were good, I liked them because I really felt like they were in tune with Adrian’s advice regarding making things for ourselves. This process of making sketch videos has been incredibly liberating for me, as I have felt more and more free to just create without the pressure of producing perfect, seamless totally planned out work.
I made this one when my friend came over for drinks and we were eating Wasabi peas – perfect accompaniment to any beverage.
This one is about perceptions, how we see, how others see, and what we think others notice…
Make a video about your family without showing them. I think a lot of people will have approached this in a similar way that I have – by depicting the environments of the family members and overlaying sounds from the family home. I did this early on in the week, but now i’m kind of re-thinking different ways you can ‘show’ people.
- People are not defined only by where they exist or what they say
- We can portray thoughts by portraying situations/dreams/potential imaginings
- Someone could be defined as by their interest or even their lack of interest
- Someone could feel defined by their job.
Okay, i’ll stop making lists, but what I guess i’m saying is that this process of making videos is making me think, but often i’m realising things I could have done better AFTER I have made my work, I think I should start actually thinking less in terms of “okay what am I going to do” and more in terms of “HOW can I do this, what set of affordances am I working with and how I can best ‘make do’ with them.
Its kind of like what Adrian said in the Lecture this morning – Qualitative VS Quantitative knowledge/thought.
I thought a lot about this task, probably a bit too much. I tend to do with with a lot things, think about them so much that I actually inhibit the ‘doing’ process. I liked what Adrian said in the lecture this morning…
“Stop making things for other people, make things that matter to you, things that are important to you. You will find an audience that is interested in you, you build quality first and quantity later which in a way challenges traditional media. You are making these videos for yourself…”
This is something I know I need to do, I need to stop over complicating uncomplicated things and relax, it makes better work anyway…
‘Make a 30 second film about how it feels for you to be ‘outside’, how it feels for you to be ‘inside’ and how it feels for you to be ‘between’
Last weeks topics were interesting, they left of space for us to work in, and introduced a myriad of ideas and interpretations for us to play with. Unfortunately, I think I produced pretty stock standard work, even though I think I stuck to my original goal of trying to make three distinctly different videos.
I think Inside is my favourite, simply because it takes an idea that i’m constantly engaging with and I like the way it demands attention of the viewer. I think the sound is definitely the best thing about the video and gives it the hard hitting effect.
Outside gets an honourable mention because I had fun making it and aesthetically I think it’s nice in terms of shot selection and colour. In-between is pretty crap, I was trying to engage with the ideas of the course but I think it turned out as a kind of obviously last ditch attempt to be a bit different. I think I could have used the idea in a more subtle way but I’m glad i learnt how to put titles into FCP.
The concept of gaps and holes and crevices has been totally redefined for me since I started studying at RMIT. The gaps and spaces are the places where the magic happens, where ideas form and things grow and flourish.
I will always remember this Scott McCloud quote – “the gutters play host to much of the magic that is at the very heart of comics…”
In-between is a place of potential.
In-Between from Zoe Annabel on Vimeo.
I guess sometimes it’s hard to always be in your own head, sometimes you have to take a step outside, into the open and consider new things. I have recently started trying to meditate as a way of giving myself some space to be outside of my own head.
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
I really like this quote, it makes me relaxed, like this video I made…
Outside from Zoe Annabel on Vimeo.
When I was thinking about this week’s tasks I focused on how I could make three distinctly different videos by brainstorming my initial thoughts about the words and what they immediately conjured for me. Inside for me is a word that can have connotations of confinement, entrapment and being imprisoned. This is something I have become more and more conscious of as I have grown up, I have become so aware of signs that surround us, arrows pointing in certain directions, signs telling us what to do, what to buy etc.
Inside from Zoe Annabel on Vimeo.
This is my first attempt at stop motion animation and it’s definitely something I would like to refine and continue to trial. I’m loving Erin’s work in stop motion & think using a more confined ‘set’ would produce a better, more refined result.
Travelling Somewhere… from Zoe Annabel on Vimeo.
I found this stop motion tutorial really useful, but trial and error worked well for me.
P.S – I wish I had plasticine skills this awesome.