For the final I decided to continue my mid term. I extended the first scene, fixed the planet in the second, and unfortunately didn’t have enough time to fix the liquid in the third scene, and I was more focussed on getting the timing and shape of the liquid in the fourth and final scene done. I’d still prefer to continue to work on the liquid, to make it more inline with what I was envisioning, and will have to try Houdini to do it, instead of CC Mercury or Trapcode which I already tried.
Inspired by recent personal turmoil, I chose the texts “Darkness” by Lord Byron, “Dreamland” by Lewis Carroll and “A Question” by Robert Frost due to their themes and syntax. I randomized “Darkness” and “Dreamland” in a mashup, and pushed “A Question” into it as a sort of oracle. The process was done 75 times, looking at different parts of the of the long resultant text, and for different lengths of consecutive words. Looking thru the lens of my personal and emotional state, I chose the final 3 poems that I presented, and named them “HE”, “TENDER SCARS”, and “MEN OF CLAY”. Other texts were tried against this same method for an additional 25 times, but the result was not what was desired, and so the original method and texts are what I stuck with.
This latest round of homework was to create a class for our previous homework. Enjoy!
For the final I will be finishing off my midterm, scenes 3 & 4. I will be working extensively on the primordial ooze and it’s movement within each frame and it’s interaction in order to make it more life-like, dynamic and believable.
Adapting my Photoshop skills to a timeline was a thinking exercise in terms of breaking down the scene into it’s moving parts, how they would move, and what would be seen with each movement. The theme I originally proposed shifted slightly due to difficultly in finding assets large enough to zoom into that had the aesthetic qualities I was looking for. This brought me to the concept of the soul and its journey. So, the beginnings of life in this world was started by the hand of a mostly unseen greater power. The people act as vessels, each location in place of their face representing places that are deeply influential into the formation of each character. The crow that is shot into the world represents the soul, and the following scenes are it’s journey and search for an ultimate home. The second scene with the storm is to set the stage for impending drama and change, while the third scene is where the soul meets a self-imposed rigidity (as represented by the house), whereby it transforms into primordial goo. Due to time restrictions, the final scene is not present in the film, but can be seen on the mood board. After the primordial goo left scene 3 from the corner of the pict, it would have entered the left frame, tried to enter the man there, was fought, and ultimately flung to the right frame where it landed onto the tray and the goo dripped to the floor revealing a beating heart on the platter.
My goal in this assignment was to create text based op art that would play one’s the perception of pattern. Placement and manipulation of text was key, as were the words themselves and font (Courier was used for all of the pieces at size 10). For a full justification of the text (no ragged left or right) I copied the resulting text files into InDesign, and ultimately saved the files as PDFs, opened them in Photoshop, and printed them from a TIFF version. This process was interesting in that there are various ways to manipulate the text input with Python, and the dynamic format of the output txt files pasted into InDesign added another unexpected element when justifying. The final pieces were kept if they met the criteria or aim of the python program, and if they didn’t, were disregarded so as to keep creative intent with no cheating. Overall, the entire process was very gratifying, and full of further potential.
The theme of identity is what this midterm will be based on. The first scene starts with an initializing of life (movement) by an alien presence (might be changed to the “hand of god”), that gets everything started. The faceless women birth/begin the process by shooting a crow into space. Birds are often used as symbols that mediate between the physical and spiritual worlds, and the use of a crow within this context is that of carrying souls from darkness to light. The crow continues on it’s journey thru the next person/scene, whereby it flies from the tunnel in his face out to camera left. The facelessness of the people was inspired by John Stezaker’s collage work, here representing the body as a vessel, and the places replacing their face as part of their formative experience. A storm begins upon the crow’s exit, foreboding challenges ahead. In the third scene the crow becomes impeded by the face of the house (self created rigidity), whereby it begins to take the physical form of liquid (primordial goo), that slides down and into the next frame. In the last scene, the liquid looks into the right frame, and enters into the left, attempting to enter him. Denied, it is flung to the right frame, lands on the tray, and goo drips to the ground revealing a beating heart.
For this recent assignment I chose to randomize and combine two text pieces. The above image is one example of an entire output. For the final presentation of this piece, I’ve further chosen to edit one output, line by line so that it reads with a more fluid and contains a more intended meaning. The above line is to the Python code input texts, and some output results.
Edited Poem Below from Output 3
“which a had I all was dream. a not dream, was stars and The bright extinguish’d, sun the wander the in darkling eternal Did space, icy Rayless, pathless, earth and the in air; blind and blackening Swung the moonless came, brought came went—and day, and Morn no
And the their forgot dread in passions men desolation; all their this hearts Of and chill’d prayer for into selfish light
pass And sages, Lo, saints, warriors, and the ages, vanished out From and reverend With face solemn pace and Appear away. pass splendour, blaze The noonday of and tender, twilight The soft die, they yet May charm eye
shall the away. pass Shall and die centre, But in here, Dreamland’s enter, hand spoiler’s may No radiance rare, this visions fair, These never away. Shall pass falling, the I see shadows The old forms recalling; of mighty the tread dead, Around me And slowly away. pass”
The theme the midterm will be based on is that of identity. I’m interested in maneuvering within the frame to and from individuals (who’s faces or character have/has been manipulated) and within differing scenes to get to each character along the way. Say for example that we the viewer travel (zoom in on) along the road in the above image and enter the hole in her up-do, only to enter a portal in which we enter another world and come out the other side say through the eye of another character. Thru this navigation, I would like to elicit in the viewer questions regarding how we perceive others, ourself, and our connectedness, let alone the inner worlds that we perceive.
In this exercise we had to come up with a character and embody it with a physical movement to give it life.