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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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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Assessment Piece: Exploring Ideas (Jan)

The first thing I decided for this project was that I wanted to continue exploring the digital side of my work, and produce a digital piece for assessment, for example a film or animation.

I had a couple of short concepts in the past that weren’t perfect, or for which I needed CGI. I explored some CGI artists in my Artist Influences pages, but finally decided that it would not be possible. After exploring many different inspiring short films/animations etc. in my artist influences page, I decided to make a short film. I have been exploring a couple of ideas, inspired by my peers Rachael Clark and Margrethe Liland.

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Rachael was speaking last week about making something lighthearted and fun but that represented how she felt. She made plastic bubbles that seem to grow from the walls like a fungus, which sounds gross but was beautiful with the bright colours and lights. The discussion that followed was about foam machines and dancing, which is often the centre of Rachael’s work. This is what inspired my concept, not so much Rachael’s aim for a lighthearted representation of how she feels (if I am interpreting her idea correctly). Please see the idea that followed:

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It starts out very lighthearted and a celebration of being happy while alone, and then turns out very creepy towards the end of the short, and explores the idea of the club scene. The crowding and panic, as well as the hidden dangers. I wanted to take the opportunity that the foam obscuring the camera would provide, and add this illusion:

I haven’t spoken to Rachael about this yet; it depends on which idea I decide to go with.

My other main idea is much more lighthearted, and was based on Margrethe’s idea about bananas representing penises and penis envy. When we were discussing it last week, it developed into a comment about how penis envy is stupid because penises are unnecessary. Kate mentioned a text by a woman (don’t know whom, or what text- please help!) who wrote about how men will become useless in the near future. Another student mentioned that bananas are predicted to die out soon as well, due to farming issues.

I then imagined a world in which bananas were running out- a seemingly ordinary world. The world would not change without bananas, and the world would not change without men (in terms of this concept). The idea that resulted was a whimsical illustration of this world- just normal, but without any bananas or men. I had some ideas for the story, and the style. I like the idea that it would be stylised- shown in black and white with the camera/editing selecting only yellows. Below is my idea, which works very well I believe with this song playing in the background, which sums up the mood and is a big hint to the concept.

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I will discuss these ideas further with Kate, Rachael and Margrethe tomorrow.

 

Winter Project: Photo Transfer

To tie the two images together, and give them context, I decided to transfer a selection of photos on top of the paintings. This was inspired by Njideka Crosby’s style.

This is when I got the idea to include the media, as a part of the propaganda theme. The images chosen therefore were from news stories from 2016.

However, I encountered a problem with photo transfer, in that any successful transfers were extremely unclear, using the first technique I found.

It suggested wetting the paper and the image and then rubbing the image onto the page. My first attempt found that photos printed by laser printers were waterproof. Inkjet photos were only slightly more successful.

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I therefore moved onto another technique.

  1. Glue the photos face down onto the paper with PVA glue, and let it dry overnightimg_7220
  2. In the morning, soak the page with a sponge, and gently rub away the paper until just the image is left behind on the original page.img_7221

After the above practice, I applied it to the paintings. It again didn’t work 100% reliably, but  I didn’t want the images to be particularly clear either so it wasn’t serious.

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