Duration: 6 weeks
Medium: Flash, iMovie, or book binding techniques.
Brief: Create a physical/material or electronic narrative inspired by your chosen text. Your narrative may delight or disturb any all of the five senses, but it will be primarily visual, a sequential form of communication which engages the viewer/ reader through the development and rhythm of an idea or story unfolding.
iMovie Week This week’s task was to learn the basics of story telling (story structure, scripting, etc.) and how to use iMovie. I have to be honest and say that the majority of the main studio day was taken up with lengthy explanations of how to tell a story and trying to work out exactly what the ‘dramatic question’ is. In my opinion, this could have all been explained in under two hours, and the remainder of the time could have been spent on the far more important matter of actually learning how to use iMovie. I noticed that the majority of students were having to almost teach themselves how to use the software. The rest of the week mostly involved independent study time, which was used to produce a simple film to show to a segment of the group.
Music: Frank Turner Long Live The Queen
I can’t say I’m overly pleased with the end result, but for my first attempt at using imovie, it’s not as bad as it could be. I mainly focused on the pacing of my film, and how the transition between images differed depending on the changing rhythm of the music. If given a few hours of tutorial into how to use imovie, I think I would be able to produce a much better piece.
This week we learned the basics of flash, which wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be, having never used the software before. However, once leaving the studio I found that remembering the, often complicated, methods of making objects move had completely left my mind. So I spent several hours relearning the lessons taught in studio and asking for a lot of technical help from a peer. Eventually, I produced a relatively decent animation. We were asked to take one word from our chosen text and animate it, showing it’s meaning. I chose ‘looking’.
Though assisted, I am rather pleased with this. Though I doubt I’ll remember much in the future and have to ask for technical help again.
By far my favorite workshop, book making took us through the ins and outs of books and how to make them. After having spent the last two weeks practically glued to a computer, I was thankful for the change of pace. Though a lot of work, making 12 books in five days was rather enjoyable, so I chose to produce a book for my final piece.
Narrative Techniques / Process Test
This I was not best pleased about, a test on all the techniques we had learnt in the past three weeks. This meant sitting down and going through all of the worksheets given to us, some of which proved to be more of a hindrance than a help. However, I successfully passed the test with a high enough score to avoid the retake we were threatened with.
Initially, I wanted to produce a completely typographical book, but interest was shown in the odd images I had drawn to represent the two personalities in my narrative. As they resembled cellular diagrams, I looked at biomedical photography for inspiration. I knew it would be difficult to create images with the same depth and detail as those seen in the photography. However, I remembered a type of art that is produced using mathematical calculations to tell groups of coloured pixels what patterns to arrange themselves in. Fractals! Using a programme called Apophysis, I created two sets of images that interact with each other using shape and colour.
I arranged my images along a long strip, the colour of which changed in a gradient. I added the words of my narrative towards the end of the strip and across the back of the Constantina fold book.
I despise them, and they terrify me,so I think I failed miserably at it.
I recived a B for my project, but I am not pleased with the final outcome. The print quality is awful an there is a typo on the reverse. Also, I think my lack of presentation skills pulled me down quite a lot.