Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Our guest speaker on Wesnesday was Nina Katchadourian, a noted visual artist.
Nina showed five works.
1. Gift/Gift - mended spider webs
2. Natural Car Alarms - bird calls used as car alarms
3. Office Semaphore - office signal communication
4. Fall Colors - artificial branch with fall leaves
5. Seat Assignment - various projects made while in flight
Select two works. Describe what you saw and the reason why you chose these works. Comment and compare how these works use the element of time.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
This Wednesday our speaker was Shelly Silver. She is an experimental filmmaker and on the faculty at Columbia University. Her work has been shown widely around the country including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art.
Shelly showed excerpts from four projects:
1. 37 Stories About Leaving Home. Benshi excerpt
2. What I'm Looking For
3. In Complete World -Does Equal Opportunity Exist in the United States
4. 5 Lessons and 9 Answers About Chinatown
Select one of the works. Describe what you saw. How does this film use unconventional techniques in telling the story? Or what are the techniques that the filmmaker uses to get the central idea of the project across to the audience?
Posted by David Chung at 5:52 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Adrianne Finelli made a presentation on some of the core ideas in film editing and production.
What is the role of a film editor?
Choose examples Adrianne presented:
DW Griffith, Birth of a Nation
Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds & Pyscho
Steven Spielberg, Jaws
Rainier Werner Fassbinder, Berlin Alexanderplatz
Jean Luc Godard, Breathless
Wachowski Brothers, Matrix
and describe how the editor values each frame of a shot, the importance of angles, camera movements and shot compositions.
Posted by David Chung at 5:00 AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
I am choosing Octocat as my piece to discuss because i am extremely intrigued by the piece. Initially you see a red 8 legged cat looking creature wondering around looking for his parents. Eventually you get to know the cat and understand that he is not the friendliest of creatures, especially when he gets angry towards the end. When he opens his mouth to reveal his jaw, he becomes a scary and intimidating creature who kills the "enemy" or the black cat which was holding his parents in the hot air balloon. The humor works to tell the story because everything about what we were watching was so unrealistic that it actually helped to make the piece more comical. Cats in real life do not have 8 legs, the cartoon design helped to enhance that "fake world idea" and the fact that the cats were flying also helped to enhance the humor. It was so far out there from the truth of the real world that the only thing to do was laugh. I think that i would have preferred to see the lines of the animation more clear and precise just because i am somewhat of a perfectionist, but i do not think that the "rugged etches" of the animation took away from it in anyway. I truly admire this animation because even though it was not perfect and the edges were sloppy and the storyline was so unrealistic, people made dolls out of it and made octocat into a real creature. It just goes to show that no matter how crazy you may think your idea is, someone is going to love it and appreciate it.
David O'Reilly is an Irish film director and artist based in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for creating animated short films with a stripped down aesthetic.
David presented several excerpts of his short films.
Please Say Something
The External World
Select one of his works and describe what you saw and why you chose the piece. Comment on the following questions.How does the humor work to tell the story. Does the "unfinished" look of the animation detract from the film or add to the overall presentation.
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