Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Project 8 Uncanny

S A L I E N C E - A short by Paul Trillo from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

Working with self- or group- shot footage that we will produce in class on Wed(4/26) or Tue (4/25), you will work to explore the idea of the uncanny and the human body through time-based, image manipulation.  You will shoot a short video of yourself in front of the green screen then compose a short video/animation based of the theme of the uncanny. This project is purposefully open to interpretation.  

strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.

"an uncanny feeling that she was being watched"

This can involve any number of tactics, from green screen/layering to re-colorization to particle effects. Your final product should be a 20 (minimum) second HD animation which demonstrates some aspect of the Uncanny. This project can and probably should be abstract in every way.  Do not concern yourself with narrative, just use symbols, video footage, color, shape, rhythm, and sound to define your idea.  Use instrumental sounds and sound effects (no singing) to create meaning or rhythm.  Favorable grades will be earned by those who create an animation which demonstrates both an understanding of the tools within AE as well as an understanding of the forces at work in critical discussions of the Uncanny.  

Process - 

Step 1: collect audio tracks and ideas for class, do so before step 2.  

Step 2: film short scenes in Photo/Mocap lab in Grant building on Wed  4/26 or Tue 4/25. 
Step 3: edit your compositions

In class demo 1 - after effects keying and motion graphics
In class demo 2 - particle systems, masking, 

Due Dates - 

MWF class: due at the beginning of the class final, Monday, May 8th 3-5:30 PM.  

TR class: due at the beginning of the class final, Tuesday, May 9th 3-5:30 PM.  

Videos must be edited to H.264 encoded Mp4 files in Adobe Media Encoder, then uploaded to Youtube, just like Project 7.  

Ideas - 

Super powers or mutations ala the Uncanny Xmen
Bodily transformations like accelerated puberty or illness, mutation
Repetition, duplication

Use a cinematic montage structure rather than a traditional narrative structure, and a montage aesthetic (layering/fragmenting/compositing different imagery)

Use your self in a self portrait, realist manner, or use a sillouhette to hide your identity.  You may use your full body, or selected parts in the final images.  You may also use props during the green screen demo.  


Sallience by Paul Trillo
Skateboard Pitfall
Floras Fancy Free
More greenscreen skateboard
More compositing
Green Screen River
Virtual Ribbons

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