Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Design for Media #3

Project Hiroshi Hayakawa (Week 2)

As I said before in my last post, my idea/aim for this project is to show footage of silhouetted human figures, in a series of close ups on the body, depicting landscapes. The body itself will have several varying cut-out forms placed on top of, behind, or perhaps even around it; in order to create the illusion of a landscape. It will be subtle and hopefully not obvious that the cut-outs are placed on a human figure; and the figure itself I'm still debating whether to plan on it being shown (through panning the camera out so you can see the whole figure), or whether I ought to keep it a mystery and cut the reveal entirely by keeping the figure hidden.

If all goes well and I have it the way I planned/intended it to be, in the close ups on the figure it should look like the various scenes/landscapes I created.


Here are some rough (and I mean rough!) sketches I did in Photoshop on the cintiq's in the labs. I basically did theses for ideas on the types of landscapes/compositions and positions I wanted the body to be in. The sketches as a whole were part of my brainstorming and planning for this project.


The second set of sketches I have are examples of compositions/shots I hope to do for the final portion of the project (or rather a rough idea for the set up/composition that might be subject to some minor change here and there).
I basically narrowed done some of my initial ideas I had in the brainstorming part of my sketches. Once I narrowed down which ones I particularly liked and thought looked appealing I went in and furthered those ideas, elaborated on and refined them.


So, basically here it is some of my planning/developmental sketches! I know lots of planning and testing so far for this project :L...but all good things take planning! >:D

Enjoy! <3

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Design for Media #2

Project Hiroshi Hayakawa

For my project/Project Hayakawa, I'm thinking of working with abstract figures in landscape; inspired by Hayakawa's photography work. I want to start this post off by talking about some of the sources of inspiration I had for this project; I was inspired definitely by shadow puppets/silhouettes', and also the aforementioned photography of Hayakawa was a source of inspiration, I was also inspired by a film (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) we watched in class during our Round Robin's Tuesday and the various lighting/ different kinds of abstract landscapes and sets present within the film.  

Now! To the actual project nitty-gritty details!

I plan on shooting video footage for this project; and using silhouette body/shadows in a series of close-ups to create the illusion of a landscape. Moreover, I hope to achieve this very illusion through the use of created sets (small houses, trees, etc.) that I will set up on top of or behind and over the body; that will act as shadow puppets or props in a way to really make it look like a landscape at first glance. It will only be by panning the camera out will we see the full figure in its entirety. In the projects finality I hope to have some kind of footage that showcases this in a unique and clever sort of way. 


This is basically some test footage, just to see how the lighting would work so I can figure out the shadows and everything; I'm also considering possibly going into final cut pro and creating silhouettes' using a video effect and some editing techniques that a friend told me about. Considering how well shitty the test footage of the shadows is looking with the screen, I think I might go with the latter idea of using final cut/video edits to achieve the desired look and feel I have for this project.

All in all this project will give me a great opportunity to fully utilize my video camera, and some editing software; hopefully improving my skills in both. :D


The test footage kind of blows, but that's why it's a test! >:O It's sort of just for me so I can figure out what the hell I'm doing and different ways of going about it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Design for Media #1

On the dreamer/doer spectrum I'm probably more of a dreamer than anything else, though a dreamer with some aspects and traits of a doer.

More than often, like a dreamer I get these elaborate and over the top crazy brilliant ideas into my head; ideas that always seem to fall short of what it was suppose to be. My ideas are ones that at the time I'm super excited and jazzed about, but sadly end up not fully reaching. However, I never seem to really abandon the idea fully, I merely adapt it or rather mutate the initial idea in order to finish it to completeness.

In short, it's always better in my head than anywhere else.

The areas of Media Arts I'm looking to really delve into are really any of them I hope. However, I definitely have an intense interest and desire to focus more on the film part of it all. In particular I'm looking towards more illustrative cinematic stuff/work. I have really only a background in illustration/doing illustrative work; so I'm looking forward to jumping in and learning something completely new and foreign to me.

I've never really worked with any animation, or done much photography or film work before, but I would definitely like to. I want my areas of expertise to be varied and diverse. I want to be a "Jack of all Trades", but a master of none really, and be equally or at least adeptly skilled at a variety of them. I love experimenting with different mediums, and trying new things.

My goals in general for this course are to learn/experiment with different types of Media Arts, especially film to which I'm completely and utterly in the dark about. I hope to combine what I already know and have skill wise in illustration with film, and more. I love film, I love telling stories and entertaining, so I guess if I could in some way do that I will have accomplished in some way or another what I set out to do.

Past Work:

This is a digital piece I did last semester in my digital illustration class, it's all done in Adobe Illustrator. The project was to create a cultural motif, with only a limited set of colors used. I chose India/Hinduism and did the image of Lakshmi- Goddess of Love & Beauty.

This is a video and the first video really I've ever done. I did it as my final project for my digital illustration class. The project was to take a fairytale, folklore, or legend and sort of retell or show it through the use of cut paper. To which I did a video of a modernization of "Bluebeard" with cut paper puppets for my final project.