Wednesday, November 28, 2007

CALARTS - Project Grant: "Concentric Circles"

Project Description:
“Concentric Circle”: A girl struggles to find her artistic voice. A scratch-on-film exploring moving textures, lines, and shapes. Yielding vibrant displays of green and yellow luminosity. The soft emulsion provides a scraping ground to illustrate visual poetry. A tool for expression -its limitations can articulate a mastery of beauty and intensity. Animating directly onto the film is a camera-less film technique. This subtractive animation technique involves scratching away the processed emulation off of the celluloid, revealing various layers of color, native to the film after color processing.
In terms of goals and what work will be completed by the end of term, I would like to emphasize exploring what new complexities the optical printer can offer towards intensifying the quality of direct animation. I would like to play with what can be produced in terms of new printer manipulated footage and investigate how printer effects can be used to advance story structure. I feel the optical printer will give me a new direction in which to approach my film concept and successfully produce a personal expressive film.

Budget Breakdown:

1)Develop and Print – by Fotokem:
Wedge Tests, Developing, and Answer Print for 35mm
Min: 250ft - $58.00ea x 9 cycles Total: $522.00
2)Sound Print – by Fotokem:
Printing optical sound onto Print
Min 250ft - $250.00ea x 1 cycle Total: $250.00
3) Splicing tape 35mm – Christy’s
50ft - $54.00ea x 1 Total: $54.00
4) Scribe – Christy’s
$15.00ea Total: $15.00

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CALARTS - Essay ‘She puppet’

‘She puppet’ follows Lara Croft, the shapely video game character from Tomb Rader, around the game’s many levels and adventure responsibilities. As a character, Lara has the super hero qualities as any shoot ‘em up video game lead. In her quest, she has abilities such as acrobatic fluency, acute marksmanship with an assortment of weapons, a mastery of reincarnation, and everlasting endurance when tackling intense situations. There isn’t much this lady can’t do. She probably has a penis, even

Lara Croft’s female identity is what makes this game so charming to the gaming population. She can do anything a man can do and has a sexy body, accessible to anyone who buys the game. What makes her character more engaging is her ‘female flaw’. The game uses the popular thought: woman are ‘naturally’ fragile and weaker than men. By playing an able, but initially flawed, character adds more of a draw to the game. Opposite to the ‘James Bond’ type of video game character. A character who make saving the world as easy as wearing pants. That ‘female flaw’ is what makes all the difference. In any game, film, or story: when the character has more of a struggle, it’s more interesting in the eyes of the viewer, player, etc.

The audience engages the game play outside of the realm of the video game interaction. Without acting through the character, we have a character with no soul, will, or personality. The game as film is transformed into a voyeur perspective of a controlled lady-body thrust into dangerous environments to suffer a hard, violent, “masculine world”. A woman in danger spells sexual tension. The film carries a voice over that adds an identity to the walking tits and ass of Lara Croft. The film gives Lara a personality independent from the player. A contradiction that defies the principles of the player vs. character game structure. Lara transforms into a thinking entity, a woman who suffers from a slavery to another. A purpose to only to give enjoyment to those who control her. The film, ‘She puppet’, identifies the sexism on that “female weakness” that sold the game’s popularity and success. She puppet exposes ‘Tomb Rader’ as an embodiment of a new ‘the male fantasy’: a strong, beautiful, extraordinary woman, but subservient when needed.
The End.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CALARTS - Junior Project

(1.A) A woman finishes her shower. She gets out, dries herself, and walks into the next room.

(1.B) She takes a seat on a friendly chair sitting in front of an overwhelmingly large mirror. Many beauty products and tools sit all over the counter. The woman uses the mirror to put on her various makeup and combs her hair.

(1.C) The mirror: It’s reflection remains gray and somber and there is no woman reflected in the mirror. This goes unnoticed by the character. When she gets up to leave face appears in the mirror: a round face with crude features. As she gets up to leave it slowly pushes out of the mirror.

(2.A) The wind from the blow dryer will seamlessly transition into the next scene where the main female character is traveling briskly down residential streets while reading a book very close to her face.

(2.B) At this time, a strong gust a of wind will blow by here causing her skirt to lift slightly.

(2.C) One of our muscle man, ‘tom of Finland’ inspired male character will pops his head out of the door, looks around briefly, then continues down the street following our female character.

(2.D) As she passes the beautiful small city atmosphere, strangely out of place brut male characters start to be seen in the crowd, sitting or standing quietly as if interrupted by her presence, their eyes following her as she passes.

(2.E) She sits at a coffee shop reading. A bird sitting in the tree above her will drop a cute little white birdie dropping onto her hair. All the men will become completely uninterested, and depart. The bird also flies away.

(2.F) She looks up, annoyed, wipes the bird poop off of her hair and continues to read. The poop residue will dig into and inseminate her hair with its sperm qualities.

(2.G) The hair becomes a womb, undergoing cell division; mitosis etc .She finishes her coffee and gets up to leave. She walks back towards the same way she came. Her hair slowly getting larger, with a fetus becoming present in the womb-hair.

(2.H) She stands at a street light, waiting to cross, when her hair springsa leak spilling over her book. She looks up.

Monday, November 12, 2007

CALARTS - Proposals and Productions

“a Portrait of Beauty”(temp title): This film project is essentially an experiment in collage using film as its medium. Creating an impractical depiction, through the mixing and layering of filmed movements, landscapes, spaces, and forms, to produce an emotional connection to an otherwise impossible beauty. Explorations of traditional matting and digital methods of keying and overlaying to produce a more spontaneous loose narrative through the onscreen mixture of moving collage.

“Pretty”: The film follows our main character, a young aspiring woman, as she is thrust into a horrific world where women are completely objectified by their reproductive roles. The patriarchy the film identifies in something very real and quite alive in our society today. Growing up as a woman, I’ve slowly become aware of identities of "man" and "woman" that have been socially constructed to produce very separate and opposite gender based tendencies and behavior.

“Concentric Circle”: In terms of goals and what work will be completed by the end of term, I would like to really try exploring what new complexities the printer can offer my direct animation. I would like to play with what can be produced in terms of new printer manipulated footage and investigate how printer effects can be used to advance the story. I feel the printer will give me a new direction in which to approach my film concept, and successfully produce a personal expressive film.