Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blog 3 – Production Notes

The biggest challenge that I encountered with in this project has been the editing process as I realized that it requires a great amount of creativity to compose a sequence which flows in a logical way and is visually interesting. The editing process required the need of adequate footage or visual elements that have a strong relation to the sound, which in this case was a sort of a monologue. This required often either a literal or a referential visual representation, and became a challenge when I didn’t have an adequate raw footage of my own. Therefore, I had to search for and extract footage from external sources and websites such as “youtube”, and use visuals that are logically related which I then tried to incorporate in the video and make it look cohesive and unified. Having this problem taught me that next time it would be better to spend more time on planning which includes making a thorough story board and an organized shot list with also extra alternative shots to cover unsuccessful ones. Having an abundance of relevant footage for immediate use can make the editing process much quicker, more productive, and less frustrating.

In addition, the shooting process made me realize that it is important to have the right equipment available on the shooting day, such as a tripod, to make the necessary shots. Using a shaky camera for a shot that meant to look stable and clean can result in a very different shot that may look more choppy and dynamic, and rescheduling a shooting may not be always possible, which can lead eventually to not having the needed shot taken at all.

In general, it seems indeed that making a video or a movie requires an extensive planning, and struggling to accomplish that for a short video makes one think how challenging it is and time consuming to produce much longer videos and movies.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blog 3.5 – John Canemaker Screening

John Canemaker’s approach to animation is using a great degree of stylization, imagination, and fabrication, and emphasizing the emotional and expressive aspect of his narrative. By using symbols and visual representations for abstract ideas, such as the emotional conditions or states of mind, John Canemaker constructs his own style to reach a deeper truth than what may be possible with live action.

John Canemaker alters between a literal image/sound relationship and a metaphorical one. While he often uses a literal representation in a symbolic way and as well as to personify people and characters, the expressiveness of his drawings, such as the sensibility of lines, forms, and colors, is used as well to convey a sense of mood and dramatic tension in his animations. Furthermore, John Canemaker uses a variety of medium/materials for his animations, such as water colors, pastels, ink, and combines them all in the same movie. This creates a sense of a richer context and a lively and dynamic setting and action in the movie.

In “The Moon and The Son”, John Canemaker is using a documentary/interview narrative style to tell the story of the frustrated relationship that he had with his father. John constructs an imaginary conversation between him and the father, a conversation that reveals all the truth and secrets that his father kept hidden, and which led to a great degree of anger, shame, and frustration in John Canemaker’s life. The movie takes on an aggressive investigative approach to emphasis the urgent need of the son to express his rage towards his father, something that might not have been possible to do in real life when the father was alive. The use of expressive animation style, stylization, and abstraction, allows John Canemaker to achieve this urgency and passion, and to deliver an intense and unique personal story as he fuses imagination with actual truths.