The Ambiguous Icon #5
A small panel that stood in a narrow hall of the end of the exhibition caught my eyes as i stood in front of it for about 1-2 minutes just thinking about the LED lights used to make this image. I read the brief description of this artwork which explained the unity of the red LED lights and the overall “matrix” of pixels that lead our eyes to the moving of the falling person. The image i captured above shows a blur inside the red led lights that were not picked up by my camera in a way that i witnessed when i stood in front of it. In the second picture (above as well) I captured the still person on the ground on all fours.
I noticed that the closer i looked into this panel (in person) the more it looked like dots in a screen aka the pixels. The lights resembled the look of pixels from a farther point go view. With the addition of Reconstruction7, The resin works in order to clear the pixelated blurs in creating a clearer image of the ongoing falling of the person. This was really intriguing to me to have witnessed this view without having to sit in front of my computer. This artwork depicts the pixels we see everyday come to life physically, which i loved so much and its the reason i stood in front of it for at least two minutes.
Sita Sings the blues tells a story through a collage of different styles of animation. The mix of animation styles is what kept me entertained. The way the story was told and the examples given were easy to follow. The pictures below are screenshots I took of moments that stood out from me. From a collage of a caucasian model body to drawn intestines coming to life to play some music, a very creative use of layering collage worked so well through the narration.
I actually enjoyed doing this tutorial and just working with AE so far. It is my first time actually making something in AE and I thought the tutorial was really helpful at walking me through a simple process of making an animation like this. I know that AE must have so many shortcuts and things that make it easy for people to manipulate and really become an expert at animating (or at least make it look like they are). I liked learning about this chart where you can see the x and y axis of the movement of the ball, seeing that made so much sense on how I could manipulate my character even more, so I really loved that step. Using the Easy ease in and out was also a game changer to the movement and flow of my ball bouncing up and down.
I personally really enjoyed this part of the video, not only does it help portray the character but it literally screams and sounds the way they are feeling through the noise. In a way it makes you relate to the characters and sort of bond with these inanimate objects and give them a life.
I chose this particular Page not only because I am a fan of color and contrast but because of the message it conveyed. It stated how both our eyes and minds have been trained to point out colors that symbolize iconic characters or symbols. Scott, mentioned Batman and hulk and it’s two color palettes. Color plays a big role in showing a storyline and having an effect in people’s lives.
Watching the behind the scenes of this movie really opened my eyes to the talent and determination it took to create this great masterpiece. I was really captivated by the set design and the amount of tiny lights and surrounding lights there were to make their world come to life. They really focused on tiny aspects and details to make their characters come to life as well the environment. In addition to this, I was excited to see the creation of a machine that lives within the clay characters (second picture below) in which makes the movement of each character have a smoother transition from shot to shot. The process of combining this metal machine inside the clay definitely took a bunch of hours but the results were totally worth it as the characters were controlled much smoother. It was nice seeing the whole team talk about their experience of the making of “The nightmare before Christmas” because they all talked about how hard it was but how much they enjoyed the process of it, and thats really inspiring.
Here’s my animated GIF for this week’s assignment:
(created in Photoshop)
For this week’s assignment I rewatched My neighbor Totoro, and noted a couple of animation rules used in the animated film. One of the scenes that caught my attention and made me relate to one of the principles of animation was the scene with Mai and Totoro in the forest. As Mai lays on top of Totoro’s big belly, he seems to be half awake as he continues to inhale and exhale. All of a sudden he opens his eyes and starts to open and close his mouth to insinuate his yawn is about to happen.He then yawns and his breath nearly blows Mai away but she is able to hold on to him. This shows the Pose to Pose principle in where the audience can tell he is about to yawn with his action and it is clear what will happen next.