Friday, 11 March 2016

Looking at Ways of Presenting & Artists

Stop Frame Animation

What is Stop Motion?

Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object that appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Stop motion animation using plasticine is called clay animation or "clay-mation". Not all stop motion requires figures or models; many stop motion films can involve using humans, household appliances and other things for comedic effect. Stop motion using objects is sometimes referred to as object animation.

I will be trying out stop frame animation for myself. But before I go into the technique I'll be looking at some stop frame animation videos, and researching how to create a good piece of stop frame. 

The point of animation is to break the rules, its a playful technique which breaks the rules of reality.

There's a video I watched by Norman Mclaren from 1952 which uses stop frame and video combined. The video is called neighbours which came about in the 1950's. 

Sound for this particular animation is the most important thing. The animation goes along with the animation the sounds add to the piece and make it have a more atmospheric mood to it. 
The animation is both deep and funny together with an underlining message within it. They initially forgot about what they were fighting over (the flower), that became unimportant to them. Their main focus was to keep harming each other, throughout the animation their face gets painted in black face paint this is resemble the evil within coming out. The darkness from in their soul coming to surface the more they inflict pain and misery on one another. The colour from the actual animation drains away becomes more saturated as the story unfolds this also goes with their mood and action, as they become more darker within themselves the colour of the animation is less vibrant and happy. 
The irony actually is that the same flower they argue and fight over grows on top of their graves in the end. 

Below is another animation I looked at by Jan Svankmajer he done a series of animations called Food, the one I selected is Breakfast!

Food is a 1992 Czech animated short film directed by Jan Švankmajer that uses claymation and pixilation. It examines the human relationship with food by showing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 15.12.2015

In this animation Jan challenges the ideas of communism, things we take for granted in a time when things were massively controlled. The people are portrayed as machines they become the state. People feeding people where everyone has the same everything even same meal no exceptions. In the end of the animation you see a long line queuing up for the next one to go in for the same meal, again representing the control over these people. 

Combing animation and video together - Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer 

This is another video I looked at it has a wide range of techniques going off in the video, including pixel, clay and video. The piece is truly outstanding in which he has created this piece. 
This has excited me to try out facial expression animations with the kids at home, I was thinking of some sour sweets and then photograph them to put into an animation. With the sour sweets I will get some really weird and fast changing expressions which should make some interesting pieces. 

Alain Laboile

Born on May 1, 1968 in Bordeaux, France, Alain Laboile is a photographer and father of six.
In 2004, as he needed to put together a portfolio of his work as a sculptor, he acquired a camera, and thus developed a taste for macro photography, spurred by his passion for entomology.
Later on, he pointed his lens towards his growing family which became his major subject, be it in a realistic depiction of their atypical lifestyle in “La Famille”, or in bizarre stagings around a pond in “Réflexion autour du bassin”.
Alain Laboile's work has since been exhibited around the world and he is scheduled to publish a book with Steidl Verlag.  11/12/15

These images are really exciting to how hes created them, as when you normally take reflections you catch yourself in the images. So to create the images in reflections it gives a sort of dream land image it would be interesting to create images like this. Subject matter in his images is like everyday scenes from a kids/family life. 

Dan Mountford

Dan Mountford is a freelance graphic designer and photographer residing in Brighton, England. He is most well known for his stunning double exposure photography, which he describes as “a visual journey through our minds by calm and tidy means which the reality of everyday life does not show”. Mountford captures his dual subjects beautifully, giving life to new composite images that take on unique, surreal forms. Even more impressive, the exposures themselves are created entirely by camera  11/12/15

Dan's double exposure images are really interesting and how he composes these images in camera is really cool, to be able to create these in camera would save time in doing it in photoshop. I like how he brings in the landscapes, city scapes, nature and buildings to look as if they are one with the model. I want to create more multiple exposures some more creative images. 

I created this double exposure in photoshop, the images were taken on a 5x4 camera. I chose which images i wanted to use and simply overlayed one over another while changing the opacity on the top image to just bring the flower image through over the models face. 

Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee was born in Hong Kong but has lived around the world, she first started taking these images of around Hong Kong then was encouraged to go and photograph Holland from the same perspective. As Holland is really quite flat she had to use a plane to get the height in the images. 

The image swimming about was taken in Budapest at a spa, she didn't intentionally go to photograph the spa but the opportunity presented itself as she walked out onto a balcony. She ended up stood there for 45 minutes taking over a 1000 photograph to create 'swimming about'.

These images that Nancy Lee has produced are really eye catching and abstract, this technique looks so exciting to try out. Her images mainly explore subjects such as pedestrians, traffic and market life. The one of the open umbrellas she turns into an abstract image of coloured dots all over. There taken really high up to get the view from above birds eye view, then to cut and stitch the images together must of taken her some time to get them to look pleasing together. Its almost a puzzle what you are trying to put together in your mind from the fragmented pieces of the images. 

Chris Cunningham
13th November 

Chris Cunningham is a British video artist he primarily directs music videos but has also created art installations and directed short movies. People often say his work is dark but Cunningham himself don't see his works as dark but edgy and dynamic. He bases his videos around sound, he spent his childhood with ear pressed up against speakers listening to different sounds so he has a lot of connotations connected with particular sounds which in turn helps him create his videos. He works best with limitations and restrictions, given complete freedom he struggles to hit the ground with a starting point. Given his background in special effects before actually directing videos you can understand why his videos are compelling, he also worked on comic drawings. With comics you need things to jump out at you so this looks like it also paid off for his step into music videos and short movies. 

Sam Taylor Wood

Samantha Louise "Sam" Taylor-Johnson OBE (born Taylor-Wood; 4 March 1967) is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of the Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon. She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists
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I looked at Sam Taylor Woods work the video I selected was Still Life showing the life of fruit. The images are light as if a classical painting. She does this as a time lapse video which is really interesting, along with the video he plays a piece of mellow classical music. The sound that goes along with the video initiates feelings to accompany you throughout the video. To see the decay of the fruit and how it happens lets you reflect on life and death, it gives insight to how we don't actually see or notice someone or something changing until the time draws near to an end. Once the process comes near to an end, whether that's the death of a person, animal or decaying fruit you suddenly see the raid acceleration of death! Everyday there had been change which the eye failed to see happening until its right in front of you and too late. I  appreciate this work by Wood as it lets you go through the video and really reflect about life itself while still acknowledging the work of the still life. I would like to try and recreate a video with this deep meaningful underlying message throughout.

Bill Viola

Bill Viola (b.1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. Viola’s video installations—total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound—employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. They are shown in museums and galleries worldwide and are found in many distinguished collections. His single channel videotapes have been widely broadcast and presented cinematically, while his writings have been extensively published, and translated for international readers. Viola uses video to explore the phenomena of sense perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. Using the inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories, his videos communicate to a wide audience, allowing viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.

I looked into Bill Viola's work he has some really powerful deep meaning images. I didn't just look at this particular artist for his work but also the way he presents his work. He presents his images and work on large high definition screens as video installation, this is one way I can keep in mind in which I can present my own work. Video installation is an excellent way to present pieces of work. Audiences can engage and feel the way you desire them too with them also feeling strong emotions towards the subject your show casing. For instance Bill Viola did images called Martyrs, with the four images named Earth, Air, Fire and Water with these images shown on huge screens or projected onto large spaces of building you cant help but feel an influential and forceful power towards these. For me they bring me to religion although I don't believe in any particular religion, but I get the connotations the go to religion. Religion is a powerful and complicated subject that is associated with strong beliefs and strong emotions and if I could even try to emulate them certain emotions and feelings into my work to interact with audiences then I will achieve and be greatly honored with the chosen subjects I present. 

Bill Viola, Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), 2014
Executive Producer: Kira Perov

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