Practical Exercise 1.
animated “ode to film”
–“Analog Texture-Ode to Film” create 1 or more seconds of your homage or ode to the material properties of film capture and store this as a quicktime movie that we can watch and discuss in class, and have as a possible use as a loop background or main image in our Audiovisual Map project and or upload to vimeo and animlab blog
Create your own animated “ode to film” – incorporate some sort of re-worked film of any kind ( eg movie film, still 35 mm film, slides, transparencies,microfiche, x-rays or other analog film sources you can find)
Given the extreme range of techniques you could try it is hard to suggest one particular length for this exercise,;
If for instance you ran a nail or pin along several feet of 16 mm frame to make a moving line animation you would be able to create 100’s of frames in a few minutes OR at the other extreme you might painstakingly etch into consecutive frames or sheets of acetate with a pin, or dot bleach or metho onto consecutive frames to gradually dissolve just 12 to 25 frames. After capturing your frames of film with a scanner or SLR Camera, Your film processing and treatment such as reframing,color adjustments, retiming,super-imposing may be done mostly in the digital equivalent of the film lab- your video effects and edting software of choice.
You may best off making several very short movies designed as loops- that could be edited together or used as source textures for other 2 and 3d animation or compositing programs..
You will need to scan and process the re-worked ‘film’ either with a scanner or digital rostrum camera as discussed in the workshop/class
You can use After Effects and or any other Video editing or effects program you are comfortable with to re-layer,re-edit ,loop and sequence your few or many ‘frames’ of film.
Save this work as a digital movie file at either standard pal widescreen size or full HD 1920 by 1080 at 25ps with AppleProRes Compression- ready to screen to each other by AnimLab week 3. You may also find a use for this texture footage in other projects you are making, such as the audiovisual map project or your 1 minute film.