Coding 1,2: Shapes and Repeating Patterns

 

 

In the first lecture I became more familiar with code, starting as a complete beginner. We learned how to draw basic shapes and colour them in a window using coordinates. You can see the finished product below.

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In the second lecture we learned about variables, which allow one to have repeating structures, from each loop of the code. We also learned about adding loops, and conditional statements. I used all of these techniques to create a repeating pattern, that varies with each repetition in the colour of tea. The colours of the background are random, ie. different each time the program is played. The ants were created by making an ‘adult’ shape comprised of ‘child’ shapes. It could then be translated into various coordinates, which I also made random.

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Photography 1: Lighting

Our first lesson in Photographic Art Direction class was about making use of flashes, and different lighting situations in the studio. We also learned about aperture, and using light monitors to determine which F-stop to use.

  • Snoot
  • Wide angle reflector
  • Soft box
  • Honeycombs

The task was to photograph an object of our choice in 6 different lighting situations. We then edited them. These are the photos I ended up with.

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Illustration 1: Red Letter Days

The first brief for illustration was to make a card for a significant day, which could be as obscure as you would like. It was very flexible; you can see the brief below.

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One of my first ideas was for the first day of school being a red letter day. You can see plans for this too, but as first ideas often are, it was uninspiring. I moved onto an idea about family being together for red letter days, and about family missing those events.

To illustrate this I wanted to use an unfinished embroidery, which connotes the older generation. It is unfinished to show that the character behind the embroideries has died, and will be missing the graduation she is making an embroidery to celebrate.

 

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To make a timeline of family red letter days clear, I decided to make a series, and eventually that a scrapbook would be a good way of showing this. Below is my finished piece.

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Assessment Piece: Development and Testing

Since the conception of this plan, my film has gone through many changes and developments, not to mention a period of learning with Premiere Pro being a new skill.

A narrative was recorded to play over the film, which has since been discarded. An homage to Pipilotti Rist was added, the film was edited in a stylist fashion, including flashbacks being shown in an old fashioned TV format, and three sequences were arranged together.

I have also made protest placards to add to the presentation, which link the presentation back to the flashback protest scenes seen in the film. The placards also serve to make the viewer consider protest in general, the potential for change vs the apathy of populations, during this time of political unrest.

The film could echo a multitude of current political issues, including the women’s marches, Trump and feminism, trade and brexit, and unrest in the population overall. I therefore like the addition of the placards, as they add more dimension to the film, both literally and metaphorically. I like that this film provides the opportunity for it to be interpreted in many ways, with the common message of activism made clear by the placards in front.

Today I began building the signs (painting sourced cardboard and stapling on table-sawed sticks) and testing their arrangement. The film was clearly visible on top of the signs, which I purposefully built to be washed out. The washed-out, perhaps rained-on aesthetic, adds to the authenticity of the placards that I was hoping for.

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Final Test:

Assessment Piece: Presentation Plans

While editing and developing my film, I improved the flashback clips to appear more as if they are on a vintage television, using effects and masks. I have also since added bananas over the faces of the few men in the film, mostly on the side films, in order to give another hint, and style

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I am approaching completion of my film and must now arrange my three sequences onto into one presentation.

I have been considering how I would like the film projected on the show reel, and I am now considering getting a performance slot so that I can have the film projected onto a specific backdrop. It would be protest signs to link the banana idea to the flashback protests, and hint at the message of the film.

If I decide to make this backdrop, I will need a presentation slot, and to take some measurements. It will only fit approximately, I imagine. I will need to go and buy some fluorescent yellow card, some white card, large markers, and sticks for the handles. I would then nail it into the wall, making use of the workshop, but I’m not sure if health and safety would allow for that at the moment.

There is still a lot to consider.

Assessment Piece: Filming and Editing

After finding a couple of willing actresses, we took a day trip to London, a setting I thought was appropriate in discussing a political issue, and for representing a idealistic, futuristic city, due to its recognisable skyline.

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The star of the film is Gianna Gréaume, and Fiona Jones was able to come and assist and play a working woman. I signed out a panasonic hand held camera and a counterweight from the equipment store, to use in the filming. No other equipment was needed, as I have found most of the creative side of shooting the film was in the editing, which is still in progress.

Aside from slight issues in smoothness, I would like to figure out how to make the flashback sections look like more antique films. Perhaps I will try to sit down with Angus when I don’t have so many Psychology deadlines.

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I would also like to take another look at the timing with the soundtrack, and deal with a couple of men who  have made it into the final cut. I may have to remove a shot that I liked in order to remove them. Fiona Jones also suggested that I could censor each man with a banana. However I am not sure that this fits in with the purpose of the film completely. I will consider this.

During our most recent crit, we determined that the ambiguous nature of the film is a quality, and it was suggested that I think about how best to show the film for the exhibition. Perhaps I will make banana or apple chairs, or project the film onto a banana, or multiple screens.

BANANA CHAIR DESIGNS, see notes and redraw.

We recently had an artists talk from Rehana Zeman, a moving images artist who made a lot of work that interested me, cutting together dramatisations, documentaries, and animation. She also showed many examples of how her work is displayed in galleries; more often than not, on multiple screens.

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Pipilotti Rist also presented her film around a corner so two images were seen simultaneously. I am therefore considering making three windows in the film, with the central image playing the proper film, and the other two maybe just Gianna walking away/toward, or doing various everyday activities on a loop.

Assessment Piece: Planning

My original plan was based on the film being made as part of a collaboration, but I then simplified it into a film that I could feasibly make alone. The simplified-plan can be seen via the link. I am currently advertising for two actresses to play the main woman and the street cleaner. Please message me if you are interested!

I have also redrawn the story board so that others can visualise the film like I can:

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I went to London at the end of the week to meet my film production mentor, Loran Dunn, for the first time, and while I was there, I explored some areas that could be used as the London backdrop.

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