super 8

‘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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