Friday, December 10, 2010
This video created by Jeff Desom is very inspiring to me. The way that not only the narrative and video are edited but the feeling that I get when I watch the edit. It is a very tight and yet expansive exploration in a simple concept. I also particularly enjoyed how the piano was bouncing against a still frame.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
"My idea for this Soft Cinema edition was to create a film without a pre-formulated
narrative. I started with two assumptions. Firstly that meaning and narrative
coherence can be created through associative chains. Secondly – presuming that
human perception works to connect images that are presented together and to
integrate them into a coherent, meaningful, structure – that it is possible to create
these associative chains through the visual properties of images."
My idea for a new project to work on is to use to idea of "celebrity" that was created in pop culture and expose its randomness and use of "image." I will use footage that makes the viewer believe that the individual being documented will not be aware of the camera in some scenes. In other scenes, the character will be playing into the media/camera in their own characterization. This project will be an exploration of the construction of image and identity.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
New Media means “Computer based artistic activities.” The beginning of the idea of new media did not become popularized until approximately 1980. In the beginning the new media art world had many problems at gaining acceptance within the art community. There was much hesitation from not only the government but the fine art world. An interesting piece of information that I was unaware of that this article stated was that in the 1990’s the art world in the United States was the most conservative cultural superpower in the world. Places such as countries in Europe were far ahead of the United States. A great hesitation among the art community was the idea of distribution. The idea of the gallery or auction house was taken completely out of the picture. This was intimidating to the art world because of its long standing use of traditional practice. Another controversy was the idea of infinite copies. New media therefore requires one to be an interactive component in a work. This medium finally elevated itself out of the underground art community into the main stream of art. The complexity of the medium of New Media is still to this day a difficult way in which to solidly understand and break down. Also the discussion of cyberculture was intriguing in this essay. Its relation to our culture and how it can be used to edit down what it is we can see. For me the most interesting aspect of this essay is that our culture can not put a definition of the idea of new media because with each new year some other form of society becomes reliant on the computer.
“The engineers see the challenge of our time, finding the key to survival in an atomic age, a challenge to our intellects. The world has become more difficult to understand, so we need better ways of thinking about it, more powerful methods of mastering complexity.” This quote is an excellent example of what the medium of digital filmmaking is having issues with. It is impossible to fully comprehend what it takes to create a complex work. The computer is a tool just like any other in which a work is created with. This tool is compared to the printing press that was created 500 years ago and how its power was used for good and bad. The computer is a great example of a subject in which the potential is unlimited. The article also touches on how our current culture’s knowledge is more organized because of the Internet than any other culture before. This statement is a perfect example of what our culture is seeing today because in the last 100 years alone the knowledge that humanity has been able to produce is 100x what it previously was aware of. It was a necessity to be able to organize this information into a dispersible manner. It is a rational way to think about technology as a dangerous tool because of its quickness and ability to adapt. Our culture must just look into its past to consider what it has learned and apply it to our progression. We must always remember that all art is a tool of the collection of knowledge that humanity has been able to gather.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Films are unavoidably constructs, fabrications, and representations of reality. It is improbable to argue that the idea of the “real” in digital filmmaking is a blurry line. The directors job is to take things that exist in physical space and interpret them into a viewing experience. As the viewer, one can not smell, hear, or feel what the director was during the time the event originally existed.
It is impossible to avoid criticism about being unfriendly to a certain genre of society. Racism for example, is a hot topic of our current times. There are going to be films made that target this specific issue. Within our generation, we have first hand experience at what it feels like the have racism as a part of our everyday lives. Therefore, it is a relatable subject in which audiences search venues such as movie theatres to help distinguish the “real,” and “unreal.”
There is a baseline respect that every human being should pay each other. All prejudices should be tossed aside so that one can completely understand the world to the fullest of their ability. As for political propaganda, it is necessary that it all be disposed of as soon as possible. There is not enough truth and trust in politics for one to rely on its message. The same respect should also be shared to the role of women in films. The equality of all subjects in film will turn an argument of biases into an understanding of work completed. If your motive is to make a statement or to make money it is not difficult to target an audience that feels more emotions towards your film. You must simply fill them with relatable subjects and views to the audience you are catering. It is the responsibility of the director to take charge of the responsibility film gives them.