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Creative Chaos 2014-12-08 22:35:57

This project was a lot of fun and mostly came from experimenting with different light painting techniques as well as learning my way around Adobe Premiere. Originally I had much different plans for this project but they were still in the realms of producing a video to accompany music made by friends. Due to a series of unfortunate events I turned my focus on creating hundreds of light painting stills using different techniques and then bringing them together in premiere to produce a continuous video from the stills. I used my Nikon D3200 with stock lens to take the photos. My partner and myself had a lot of fun with the light painting shots and once we got started the ideas were coming at an incredible rate and we needed to recruit more bodies to execute them. We were able to include the kids in this process which was great fun for them although I can’t help but wonder what passing people might have thought as it may have appeared we were having our own rave in the park with a bunch of kiddos hopped up on candy canes. Some of the shots didn’t make the cut this time around because they were still a bit experimental and needed perfecting so there will definitely be more trials and perfecting to this art form in the future. I was fortunate enough to have a friend that could put down a music track relatively quickly although originally my plan was to have the video accompanied by the full band, the guitarist and Garageband worked out well. The hardest part of this project was my computer crashing in final edit and having to start the whole editing process again, thank goodness I still had all the camera shots.  I have definitely learned so much from this process in so many aspects. It has triggered an urge and desire to expand and refine in the future.

P6 Final Project – Light Painting

This project was a lot of fun and mostly came from experimenting with different light painting techniques as well as learning my way around Adobe Premiere. Originally I had much different plans for this project but they were still in the realms of producing a video to accompany music made by friends. Due to a series of unfortunate events I turned my focus on creating hundreds of light painting stills using different techniques and then bringing them together in premiere to produce a continuous video from the stills. I used my Nikon D3200 with stock lens to take the photos. My partner and myself had a lot of fun with the light painting shots and once we got started the ideas were coming at an incredible rate and we needed to recruit more bodies to execute them. We were able to include the kids in this process which was great fun for them although I can’t help but wonder what passing people might have thought as it may have appeared we were having our own rave in the park with a bunch of kiddos hopped up on candy canes. Some of the shots didn’t make the cut this time around because they were still a bit experimental and needed perfecting so there will definitely be more trials and perfecting to this art form in the future. I was fortunate enough to have a friend that could put down a music track relatively quickly although originally my plan was to have the video accompanied by the full band, the guitarist and Garageband worked out well. The hardest part of this project was my computer crashing in final edit and having to start the whole editing process again, thank goodness I still had all the camera shots.  I have definitely learned so much from this process in so many aspects. It has triggered an urge and desire to expand and refine in the future.

X4

For the X4 assignment I was running a bit behind on time for completing requested work, I decided to remedy this issue by attended the screening of six of Julia Oldham’s short films. The presentation was held at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus, beginning at 7pm on the 19th of November. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the artist after reading the short description on the website of the event hall, but I was intrigued by it so I went there with an open mind and am now happy I did.

Our artist was introduced and she gave a nice in-depth look at her background, what her inspirations towards her works were and a glimpse of some of the process’ that contributed to them becoming a finished piece. She tells her story of how she was raised by a father who was a physics, a stay at home mother who was an amazing gardener and a pack of dogs. Growing up in very rural area in Maryland, there were not many other children for companionship and so she would spend much of her time exploring the woods and garden with her dogs, drawing and doing science experiment with her parents. Her revelation came while she was attending University of Chicago and began experimenting with video. Her short films incorporate whimsical elements of the natural world and the wonders and facts of science world. She plays a wide array of characters while starring in her own films and uses a number of mediums to share her stories. She often collaborates with others including her father and husband who also happens to be a physics. She and her husband live and work in Eugene,OR. Her work has been shown in galleries all over the United States. The short films presented were all from between 2010-2012.

The first film to be shown was called Mud Lair, where she plays a woman in love with a coyote and has to tell him goodbye. She works works with animator Jenny Kroik to produce a musical stop frame film about the love affair with the coyote. Although I found myself with raised eyebrows and head tilted in wonder a few times over the love dance with the fake fur cloak meant to be the coyote. I did appreciate the unique creativity in her work and that she had used her own music as an added element of the piece.

On another piece of work titled Infinitely Impossible tells a story about an unrequited love between a woman and infinity and her increasingly bizarre tasks in attempting to find infinity. What I appreciated about this was how she went about conveying something where that is a bit of a challenge to do with film and still staying true to her vision and the facts of science. In the film the were sounds but no voice instead a narrative screen was placed in between shots, so it was easy to relate what was happening visually to the story line.

From These Woods is a story about a deer that can travel between dreams. It was an interesting story that use real life footage coupled with animation of the deer she had drawn and created. The story was calming as well as triggering wonder and also had an element of humor to it.

In all her work I noticed the scenery in which she shot her video and I was impressed by it because it to was very creative even with some of it being very norm she was able to add elements to make it unique and interesting. This woman’s ideas may be a little outlandish for some but I really appreciated the opportunity to see it and respect her vision for being so original and true to itself. I thought it to be very cool how she meshed very different worlds and elements together to come up with the end product. Julia’s work is also great in that it encourages you to open your mind and think and feel differently.

P4 Audio

In producing this story I was really just trying to learn the ins and outs of the program Audacity. I discovered this to be a really fun and useful tool, although for me it took a good amount of tinkering and a fair share of assistance from my sweetie.  Getting started I was a silly sight as I had no confidence in recording my voice, especially since it was early in the day and my voice was still a bit growly.  I began by drinking lemonade followed by a good gargle with Listerine…I do not recommend this…YUCK! This was followed by a series of me walking around the house making weird voices and yelling, loudly to stretch and wake my voice up. My two year old thought I was hilarious. The cat thought I was a strange disturbance, glaring at me in an attempt to get me to vacant the area.  Okay so now I am ready to begin…I think. I start by using my voice to record the story. After many trials  I am satisfied enough with one recording. Now for the fun part of adding accessories sounds. I used freesound.com to get most of my sounds and started by adding background music.  I was really impressed with how this came together with my voice, in fact my voice was not so BLAH!  Next finding little accent sounds and finally some help again from my sweetie with the old man voice. At this point it was a bit of a challenge to stay focused as we were laughing so hard while listen to the voice and sound and how they came to play within the story. We were able to really tweek and edit the sounds so they came out where we liked.  Adding the music and sounds really made the story come to life. It was a lot of fun and this short little story I believe is just the beginning of more to come, and maybe I will go more outside the box.

Resources for Media Art LaneCC

teresa's door

Teresa’s Hughes Decortive Door

blu cyc

Peering into Studio Blue Cyc Wall

Equipment Checkout

Equiptment Checkout Door

main art gallery

Main Art Gallery Display

art-o-mat

Art-O-Mat

ref desk

Library’s Reference Desk

sculpture

Sculpture by Health and Wellness

media book

Media Arts Books

mary jo kreindel office

peek at Mary Jo Kleindel’s Office

bus stop

The Bus Stop Tower

christina salter office

Christina Salter in her Office

the commons

Something to read in The Commons area in the media building

students first

Where it all starts, Students First Building

construction

Construction Site Area, Center Building

Let me introduce myself…

J7Hello my name is Heather…I am not thrilled to write about myself but will attempt in an effort of giving some details about myself. Maybe someday I will be fortunate enough that someone will want to write about me instead. For most of my life I have worked in the food/beverage industry and I got to a point where I wanted to check-in on  other options and discover what else I may like to include in my life, so here I am starting my second year at LaneCC. I have been exploring the media arts, I love the idea of mixing creativity with cool technology. Some of my favorite things are music, gardening, photography, upcycling stuff, renovating, camping/hiking to name a few. When I’m not in school I am with my two lil peeps and being a mom is one of my greatest joys. So there you have it a little detail about me;)

Psychedelic Exposure

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Prepare for an awesome visual adventure guided by Evan Sharboneau through his tutorials and videos showing some jaw dropping photography techniques. Some of these photos can be created using simple tricks and techniques, while some may need more gear to accomplish and still  some may even use Photoshop. Whatever the case they are extremely creative, fun and leave me feeling inspired.

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This wine glass with its contents frozen in mid-air puts a different spin on capturing the motion of liquid. It appears that the liquid may just spill at your shoes but of course safely contained within the frame.

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This photo is an example of double exposure, created using nothing more than a DSLR camera. I absolutely love the soft, whimsical effect this creates. The possibilities are open on this one, there are so many options for backdrop and fillers.

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Another example like the one above but this time there is multiple exposures rather than just two exposures.

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This one is pretty cool, right? It can be pulled off easier than you might think with some basic stuff you probably have around the house.

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Whoever lives here must have just won the lottery right? Sadly for them it is a mere illusion.

There is so much quantity of  fascinating pictures and ideas on this site, if you are looking to learn some cool tricks and techniques or even just even just to check out some cool art, I highly recommend a visit.