Monday, June 6, 2011

Long Take Response

The long take workshop was one of my favorite assignments so far in class. In just four hours we learned how to load film, blocking, directing, shooting, film development, projection loading, and digital transferring. It was amazing to learn all of these different elements of film-making in such a short amount of time. This assignment is a perfect example of why I love this class so much, because every single skill that we learned during the long take, will be a skill that I will definitely use and need to know further down the line in my film career, I feel like I am actually learning something that I could be doing for a living someday. The entire four hour process was well set-up and organized and easy to follow due to the schedule handout sheet. Every aspect of the project was a lot of fun and very exciting. The 16mm bolex film also looks amazing and just the opportunity of shooting on film like that is always enjoyable, I can't wait to see our finished film.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Post #1: Synesthesia & Norman Mclaren Response

When discussing synesthesia in art, a distinction needs to be made between two possible meanings:
  1. Art by synesthetes, in which they draw on their personal synesthetic perceptions to create works of art.
  2. Art that is meant to evoke synesthetic associations in a general (mainly non-synesthetic) audience

Perhaps the most famous work which might be thought to evoke synesthesia-like experiences in a non-synesthete audience is the Disney film Fantasia, although it is unknown if this was intentional or not. Another classical example is the use of the color organ which would project colored lights along with the musical notes, to create a synesthetic experience in the audience. I have always been very intrigued by the idea of synesthesia in art form and daily life and I have been jealous that I have not been given this unique gift of perception. Even, if you are a non-synesthete there are still many possibilities in creating and reproducing elements of synesthesia in art and it is diffidently worth exploring further.

Norm Mclaren Response
I really enjoyed the short film Be Gone by Norman Mclaren that we watched at the beginning of class. It reminded me of some of Stan Brakhage's work, but more fun and exciting. The synchronized cell manipulation was very enjoyable. The cell scratching and superimposition created a very fluid movement, that is present throughout the entire film. I also appreciated the variety of styles and techniques utilized by the filmmaker.