Major work experimentation/documentation

This is an example of 4 different parts of footage combined into one big screen, that is then split across 4 screens-

Below are the dimensions used for a single screen , and next to it dimensions for a 4 screen video


Project checklist

Equipment checklist:

  • 4 LCD screens (1024 x 768)
  • 1 Splitter (to split footage 4 ways)
  • 1 laptop with HDMI
  • Leads to connect LCD screens (check with glen)
  • Camera + tripod
  • Ipad (stop motion)

Program list:

  • Adobe After effects
  • Adobe premiere pro
  • Cinema 4D
  • Stop motion studio (Ipad)

Technical aspects

My plan is to compose a video of 4 seperate smaller bits of footage and to have the footage split across 4 seperate screens. Each screen representing a different space with different laws that relate to various filmic techniques.I want to position the screens so there is negative wall space sitting between frames. My hope is to achieve an aesthetic of something that feels ands looks like something related to film strips or frames of a zoetrope.
I plan to compose the video in after effects using the scale tool to fit in the 4 different bits of footage. I will need to figure out and test the dimensions of the footage and lcd screens. Using a splitter i hope break up the video into 4 seperate parts on the LCD screens.
I’ve looked at some examples of split screen works and ive found there are multiple ways that you can achieve this set up. 
Split Screen with After Effects – 

and split screen through premiere – 

Project proposal iteration

Taking methodologies from my zoetrope idea, in MEDA301, I started to think about the negative space between frames and the illusion of momentum that is created between frames. This idea is also used in graphic novels and comic books where the illusion of motion is created through the space between the panels. I also want to further explore different methods of narrative, this time in the shape and form of a hybrid of comic book panels and zoetrope frames.
For my project, I will aim to create a 2-4 multiscreen work. I want to use the screens as a way to represent the frames in a zoetrope or zoopraxiscope though a comic strip convention. Through the use of character walk cycles I want to further explore concepts of time and space, as zoetropes and early forms of the moving image rely entirely on these two things.
I will also use each screen to represent a different film technique, each would be synced together with each technique representing a different reality with different laws. The screens will be separated by blank space on the gallery wall or by dividing a bigger screen.
The central character moves between the frames changing as it moves from dimension to dimension. The space on the wall creates another type of screen, a screen of negative space, this negative space being the thing that transforms the objects being thrown into each frame. My aim is to implant the screens into narrative using them as a way to play with time and space.
The whole work would be comprised of 4 frames. The first two frames would represent time with the 1st frame containing a character cycle that is made up of sped upon time lapsed footage, the 2nd frame would be made up of a character in slow motion footage. The two characters throw objects into each other’s frame, the negative space between, transforming the objects into one another’s world, creating an endless cycle of objects bleeding into multiple dimensions.

The Race: Artist Statement

The Race (2017) is an exploration of animation, pre and post-digital. Influenced by the godfather of animation, Eadweard Muybridge and his series of photographs depicting motion, I wanted to create a series of animations using digital and physical cutouts of Muybridges sequences. This is a two part installation, as there is the contemporary phenakistoscope, made using a record vinyl and a turntable along with a projected image element. Phenakistoscope’s are that of the past so I wanted to add a modern twist by eliminating the motion slits in between each frame and adding a strobe light above the spinning disc. What was initially supposed to be a zoetrope due to the fact that only one person can view a phenakistoscope at a time, while the zoetrope can be enjoyed by a wide audience, the modern phenakistoscope allows more than one audience member to view the installation by adding a digital animation aspect to it. The projected image is a loop using the same sequences on the phenakistoscope, but placed in a way to tell the narrative of a never ending wacky race. These characters are in a loop, giving the illusion of constant motion.

The Race: Physical Animation

Below are the two different types of Phenakistoscopes I have created for this project. The first one I made was slightly bigger than a record in order to include more sequences. Unfortunately, this disc didn’t spin as smoothly on the record player due to its size and the materials used (light cardboard) however, I created another disc the size of a record and stuck it to the record to make it more solid and playable on the turntable. This time, the smaller disc worked, especially since there was less sequences, the strobe was able to sync easier to this disc rather than the first one, creating the illusion of motion.

Disc attempt #1: The larger disc

Disc attempt #2: The record disc (The one that works)

the two discs side-by-side

The Race: Digital Animation

Below is my digital animation, created with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Firstly, I cut out each sequence from the original images in Adobe Photoshop, creating a layer for each frame, saving them as .PSD files to retain each layer, then I exported the .PSD files into Adobe After Effects and onto a timeline which created a movie file of each sequence. I then merged all the movie files onto a timeline and placed them one after the other to give the illusion of a race. The background in this video is plain white and theres been no masking around the characters in order to maintain the original backgrounds of the sequences, this gives the audience a glimpse into the technical aspects used to create this video.

Jump into the never ending carousel ride that is Muybridge’s characters, competing for the non-existant finish line.

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Screenshot of timeline in Adobe After Effects