Animation

‘The screen’

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In this monday and tuesday we were went to Jotta Studio have collaborative project together.It was extremely funny and fascinating.It was my first start touching these old film equipment.They were so cool!I think those work made by old film form always have special temperament like Black&White film,film cameras,super 8 etc.

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The first day of ‘The screen’,Ben and Jake had introduced their studio to us.They told us the essential of how to display artwork.I’m agree about that,specially after our interim show,I realized how to display and set up our work is extremely important.Then they showed us several cool film equipment which I ever see before.Like 3D film camera,it is so cool.Then I choose super 8 to make experiment with our group including Gigi,Sila and Xavi.First we tried to use different materials to figure out what kinds of effect it can have.Thus we putted all things which we can find on the film,such as different type of pens,tape,sequins,even tea leaves,tobacco leaf.Then we tried to used sandpaper to scraped different texture,and print our fingerprint,palm print,joint texture.Just like a school course,but we still have fun.But we found that it can’t stick too thick material on it which will lead the film get stuck in super 8 projector.And if it stuck too long in the projector that the film will burn.

Here is our experiment:

Those texture were amazing!After tried different,we figure out what kinds of material is suitable to put on the film and which effect is better.Then we prepared the idea for second day’s formal work.

The second day in Jotta Studio,we decided to make a formal experiment of super 8 animation.Because both of us have different idea,so we intend to split the animation into 4 parts,each of use create one part that have 30s,then we create the end together.I want to make a little story about one day,I want to make it narrative.Just like what have I done in one day,like get up,and I will print the blanket’s texture on the film;then brush my teeth,wipe the tooth-paste on the film;go to buy a coffee,print the texture of coins on the film and stick the coffee on the film;on the way to studio,print everything I saw and meet on the road like tree,flower,etc.Then let people guess what happen in this day.

However,we found that if we want to make the animation loop,we need to make a long distance.So we change our idea.After discussion,we decided to make a animation about color misconception.First,we wrote red on blue,and printed the texture of our lips which is red in real life;Then we wrote blue on red,and scraped rain texture on red;wrote gold on green,I suggested to use coin,I thought it would be interesting,so we printed coin’s texture on green;last one is wrote green on yellow,printed leaf’s texture on it.At first,I want to make a small change about rain that rain more and more heavily.But we found it was difficult to achieve because of the pen.Once we scraped,all the paint were gone.So we had no choice to tried our best to make a rain texture.Besides,we decided to record some voice of textures and play it when displaying the animation.

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But that,unfortunately,the super 8 projector which we use doesn’t work.It destroied  our animation,the title and lips’ texture were gone.We were so depress.In the end we tried to use another super 8 projector to play our animation.Finally it worked,but I found some texture were not as good as expected.Some texture like coin’s,I thought it would completely appear in one frame.But the fact is it only showed part of them,is was difficult to tell what kinds of texture it was.

Although the result of this animation is not as good as expected,but it still is a good experiment for me.Traditional art form are fragile and easy to fail.But this is also their charm.It also remind me the essential of how to display my work,work per se and presentation are important.

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cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (2)

After confirm the storyboard of “I,Malvolio” ,we design to how to achieve it.At first,we intend to make real interaction between dancer and animation.But we don’t know how to achieve interaction and interactive software.So we use a stupid way to make it that is a fake interaction.We decided to record the dancer dance first,then I will use computer make animation base on this video.After complete the animation,we will use projector project the animation on dancer’s body when he is dancing. So it will look like they are interactive if dancer won’t make mistake.Although this is a fake interaction,but the final effect is same.

So,Jake was record Lin dance first.

Then I use After Effect to make a simple test in order to figure out the practicability of our plan.

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Our ideal result is like this:

Therefore, Jake used the projector projected on Lin when he is dancing.Because i use software to make animation in a 2D condition,so Jake need to use 3D mapping software iSadora to adjust animation’s shape in order to fix the deformation problem.To make sure the real world animation look same as the computer one.So firstly we just try to used projector project the video above on the table which against the wall,this is a simulation of real performance.See what happen when a 2D animation project on two sides,figure the rectangle will change to which shape.If the rectangle deformation cannot use iSadora restore,we need to make a deformation animation first base on the real world.

After our test,we found the rectangle is not too deformation.So we can make a normal 2D animation first,and use iSadora adjust the shape when it is projecting.

cooperative experiment ‘I,Malvolio’ (1)

I haven’t update my blog for a long time,it’s not appropriate,I need to self-criticism.I have to admit it’s hard for me to keep doing this,writing on notebook is more easy for me,but I need to change.Now I’m will begin to review what have I done before and update.

During these days,I have an opportunity to cooperative with my friend Jake Huang who is studying in Wimbledon College of Arts’ MA Digital Theatre.He intend to make an  experiment work,it need to combine with dance performance and animation.Thus,our cooperative work is begin.He came with an idea,use projector to project animation on dancer’s body,combine 2D animation with live performance.

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Then we intend to use this form to make a experiment. Because we thought it is quite amusing that when 2D appear on our real life.For me,it is more a new presentation of animation.This time animation not only display on flat screen,but also present on a 3D  world.Sine my MA course,I intend to use animation as a entry point,try to find new art form to present animation,at least for me is completely new.Besides,I love 2D animation,so I would love to use this traditional art form combine with technology.

Therefore,we need to confirm storyboard.Because this is Jake’s assignment,so the decision of content is in his hands.He want to create a performance base on Shakespeare’s “Twelve Nights”.

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In “Twelve Nights”,Malvolio is Olivia’s pompous steward.Several characters conspire to make  Malvolio believe that Olivia has fallen for him.  They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia’s hand. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and leaves him to the contrivances of his tormentors. Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber. Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself.

Thus Jake want to express the inner world of Malvolio,from surprise, delight, entanglement, to anger of be fooled,lost,and restore calm.We design to use animation to present Malvolio’s emotion.Besides,Jake intend to use a new way to perform this old theatre.He invited his friend Siwei Lin who also is MA Fine art student of WCA,as dancer and choreography,design a hip-hop style dance to act Malvolio. Use a contemporary way to display an old drama.

Hence,I began to design the storyboard with Jake and Shiye. After discussion,we confirm that use a letter as clues,because the hold story is because the fake letter.So we intend to use letter to lead Malvolio’s change of emotion.

First,Malvolio is sitting in a dark space with a small window which implied his inner world.The background is humble metaphor his status,a pompous steward.And there also hanging a pair of socks which is Malvolio’s characteristic –yellow stocks.

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Second,letter is appeared.It will dance seductively around Malvolio that display he received Olivia’s love letter. Malvolio will hesitate first,because  their status is different.Then he was surprise and delight,and began to accept.

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However,this letter is a hoax,so the letter began show its true colors.The letter show its diabolical face and explode that implied the exposed of lies,which also feared him.

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Then he begin to anger,crack imply his emotion outburst.

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In the end,he will restore clam and normal,and back to his real world.

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experiment 1-Flip book

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The first flip book appeared in September, 1868, when it was patented by John Barnes Linnett under the name kineograph (“moving picture”).This is the first time how animation perform.

The original flip book,audience use their hand to flip those book and make the animation move.This is the incipient interaction between audience and animation.Their interaction make this work change,and they can control the animation’s speed.But the image of animation can not change. Audience can only watch them and make them move. Audience can not change the composition,or content of the animation.Thus,the aesthetic of this work was designed and determined by artist.

So i think how about they can see as they want,in a simple way.When audience flip the book,use another hand to block parr of the flip book,they can see different image.So audience’s hand create a simple interaction with animation,which will determined the visual,aesthetic of this work.

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However,there is some problem with this experiment.

1.Why audiences will do this?

2.Is that suitable use this way to control the aesthetics of artwork?

3.What is aesthetics mean?

4.Why will everyone agree watch the filpbook in this way will be aesthetics?

5.How aesthetics exist in the artwork?

MA Project Proposal

1.Working Title:

The aesthetic created by interaction

2.Aims+Objectives:

Aim:research about how audience’s engagement,such as their behavior,create an aesthetic visual effect to video or animation.

-To see how important aesthetic visual for video.

-To see how digital technology influence and combine with video,such as animation.

-To learn how the interaction of audience become a part of digital artwork.

-Explore can interaction bring aesthetic visual effect to the artwork?

 3.Context:

Historical-From the earliest silent films era,video and animation,they attract audiences via strong visual impact which also full of aesthetics.Those fascinating moving images are created by artists and director.They know how to use light and shadow,composition,even hue to create the most aesthetic and impact video.Because most of them had learned and trained about aesthetics.

Contemporary-Since the existence of digital technology,it provide more possibilities and methods for video to create aesthetic visual effect.These effect are dramatic and high-tech which traditional skill can not achieve.Besides,digital technology also provide a new art form,interaction.Increasing advent of interactive artwork,such as human-computer interaction,audience become a particular part of artwork.Artist began try their works out with the public before completion,because an interactive work is not complete without participants.(‘The art of interaction’)But most of the  interactive artwork are focus on engagement,for example,the way artwork interact with audience,is that engagement sustained.Indeed,interaction is a good way to for audience to actually get in touch with artwork,also can deeper understand the intention of artist.However,in some sense,it is these interaction make the artwork lost some of their aesthetics,because most audiences are amateurs.Thus,most interactive digital art tend to focus on behaviors and response of  computer system.

Theoretical-Interaction is an innovate way to express art,but as an art form,aesthetics is still the intention of it.Thus,I intend to explore how interaction create aesthetic visual effect.It can not only keep their intention that express ideas of beauty,but also can help audience to know the essence of artwork in an actual physical way.

4.Methodology:

Video

Learn and explore the essence of aesthetic visual in video.

Find out a theme of video,such as SAMSARA.

Use animation as the video form,such as black and white animation.

Explore new ways to express visual of animation,such as use digital projection technique to persent on some subject,3D mapping.

Interaction

learn about the basis knowledge of interactive technology,make some experiment,such as use of intel’s new galileo microprocessor board.

learn about how to use HCI technology.

research about how can interaction create aesthetics in anyway.

5.Outcomes:

Temporary idea is make an installation that combine with animation,it can also interact with audience,create aesthetic visual via interaction.

6.Work Plan:

Total 45 weeks

1 -10  weeks      research,find out the theme and form of animation and initial idea;research and learn some interactive technology

11-30  weeks     experiment and find out the finalize proposal

31-45  weeks     prepare for the project and exhibit in final show

7.Bibliography:

Web:

Article:

The art of interaction–‘Digital Creativity’

Beginning

It’s difficult for me to stick with writing blog.I had open 6 blogs before,but none of them are survive.All these cause I always forgot those idea,thinking,and inspiration which are short-lived.I believe this is a good beginning.

I always confuse about what i want to further study.In the past,I want to make some innovation on animation,such as camera language,visual language. Till recently,I realize these kinds of innovation are clear limits.The true innovation occurs at the margins of any domain.Focus on animated skill just like imitate predecessors.Thus,I intend to make true innovation which across 2 dimensional animation area. I saw lots of video about digital,those works are amazing! I want to do some amazing work which can combine animation and digital arts.Works are pale in front of action,so just do it!