Some of the work I am most pleased with from that project can be seen here:
Next, we began the project known as The World In a Room, which taught us some marvellous stop motion puppet moving skills. We created animated sequences of the puppet armature responding to a knocking at the door. I decided to play with the psychology of the character and I think this has worked well in the animated movements. I chose to create a dual-minded situation in which the character is possessed by something that desperately wants to open the door, yet at the same time a part of him does not wish for this, and we see this in the video as the character struggles to walk towards the door after the knock, his right hand outstretched to the handle, his left hand pulling him back.
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Soon after, we began our project 2 Characters and a Setting.
This piece shall be screened in the film-show on the 17th June this year.
I decided to experiment again with psychology, creating a dualism of white paper against a dark background, and then playing with the nature of an animation cutout. The white figure, cut out from the paper, leaves a figure shaped hole which itself becomes the complimentary second character in the film. Curious about the nature of light and shadow, positive and negative, I decided to create a small narrative where the 'shadow' chases after the escaped cut out figure and pulls him back into the paper.
Ideas I enjoyed pondering as I created this:
- The yin-yang concept, originating from the Taoist philosophy of the Chinese. Not opposing forces, but rather complimentary aspects, an explicit duality expressing an implicit unity. This could be seen with the cutout white figure trying to escape, but in the end his shadow pulls him back.
- Man and his environment. The figure escapes from his environment to view himself as separate from it. He feels free, lightweight and exuberant for a little while, but soon there is fear, and eventually fear of his own absence calling him back. It pulls him back to become one with the environment he emerged from.
- The marvellous ridiculousness of a absence interacting with a presence.
- Illusions, the white paper cutout may be projecting his self-conscious illusions onto his flight, thus it is his own self who pulls him back.
Further to these animation projects I have been working with poet Andrew Singer to create a campaign video for his project, Trafika Europe: http://trafikaeurope.org
I have been working primarily with After Effects, taking previous paintings to use as backgrounds, then editing fluctuations of text over the top to a narration. We attempted a green screen shoot, with the intention of having Andrew appear in the video, speaking, but after many attempts at editing and resizing the file, it remained a stubborn and troubled video file that didn't get on well with any editing program. Consequently, we decided to make do with the backgrounds onto which an exuberance of text and other images we swing in.
And finally, a project I have been working on since January, a story that I hope to illustrate, about a cloud that visits the surface of the Earth. I am very close to finishing the written part of this project, and have a bewildered banana bunch of developmental drawings and sketches and photos that will contribute to the visuals.