With this project I wanted to broaden my skills of animation using technologies such as stop motion and projection, that I did in MEDA301. That is when I decided to tell a narrative of the negative space (what does really happen in the ‘in-between’?) by using 2 or more screens. I settled with 4 for the aesthetic value and symmetry. The screens would play different videos but have a common object or shape which moves from screen to screen.
I wanted to speak about the negative space between frames and the illusion of momentum that is created between frames. I proposed to use each screen to represent a different film technique and each video would be synced together with each technique representing a different reality with different laws. As mentioned before, I had this idea through my interest in graphic novels and comic books where the illusion of motion is created through the space between the panels. I also wanted to further explore different methods of narrative, this time in the shape and form of a hybrid of comic book panels and zoetrope frames.
I decided to use several different methods of filming, to not only explore different looks due to different formats, but to further my knowledge on these technologies. I filmed on a handycam (mainly people and moving objects) without any stop motion. I used a stop motion app on my ipad to create the moving objects (such as the balls, foil, fruit) and lastly shot both still images and moving images with a dslr. This was to further represent different film technique as well as different editing technique
With the editing, I wanted to make it look cartoony as well as display my knowledge in various post editing techniques. I used effects such as solarise, invert, threshold, curves and adjusted the brightness, contrast and saturation.
I did however have some difficulties displaying the footage. Firstly with the equipment, I couldnt find any lcd screens (on main and innovation campus) so I thought of alternatives and decided that it would enhance my aesthetic if I used framed canvases and just project my footage. It did not affect my after effects composition at all because to display on the lcd screens, I was using only one composition with 4 screens and also the canvases did provide a bright surface which allowed the footage to look like a moving painting.
Another problem was the room i was allocated (the black box). The black box had grates on the walls I wanted to hang my canvases up on but when i projected it would shine onto the grates and cause a distraction. I then had to build a background for my canvases to prevent it from distracting. I also had problems with the projector staying up and had to keep using keystone to correct my alignment.
If i was given more time/ what i would do differently, would be to learn projection mapping, so that I didnt have to waste a lot of time creating several different sized edits of the composition and hoping one of them fit without it bleeding or warping at the top (with the warp, the footage becomes uneven – although I can readjust when it falls and try to tighten the projector screws) I had to feather my footage by adding a mask to each of the clips, because it would prevent bleed and help with the alignment.
I would definitely also find canvases that would fit the regular 1080p aspect ratio in a video and projection map my clips without resizing them.
I would of also liked to experiment with several different shaped (circle, square, rectangle) and sized (tiny to extra large) canvases and frames, to look like an interactive art wall, however that would involve several projectors and compositions as well as projection mapping knowledge.
NEGATIVE SPACE (2017)
by Matthew Velozo