Saturday, March 6, 2010

Shooting Today

Uh... wow. I took the 5D Mk II skiing this weekend.

Just to make this really clear, I took pretty extreme safety measures with the camera (as the delicacy of the situation definitely warranted). Fortunately the day was totally clear, so I wasn't worried about precipitation, but I did transport the camera inside its foam-padded heavy duty case, which I wrapped in a thick cushioning jacket, which I stuffed into a waterproof backpack. And let me tell you, with the tripod and all, that crap was heavy.

I'm really happy with the shots I got, and I have to say I've kind of fallen in love with the tilt shift lens over the weekend. I mean straight up, unbridled, carnal love. CARTAH is going to be giving me some funny looks.

Seriously though, I really enjoyed having that level of control over the depth plane. I tried to avoid the oft-repeated 'miniature train set' tilt shift effect, mostly because I couldn't figure out how to accurately repeat it :P, but I quickly figured out the lens had far subtler, more interesting & beautiful applications. Here's a super-reduced quality preview of what I shot - it's my dad not talking on a ski lift. I also shot one from the other side of the ski lift (on a different run, no I did not attempt to shift seats mid ride). Both shots last about three minutes total.

Also got some drive by shots of the forest, might splice in a split second or two of those somewhere, really pretty but not strong enough to carry a piece.

Also took a lot of pictures, but UGH looks like it requires CS4 to edit the .cr2 files this camera produces. THANKS, CANON. YES, I TOTALLY HAVE $400 LYING AROUND.

To do: more work

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hey all

Wow, it's been a while. Here's a quick rundown of what's new and what would have been new if I'd posted it in a timely manner:

I presented a couple experiments. Basically, the intent was to explore how video and audio interact on a couple levels, and see at what point the visuals start to distract from the poem - What is the effect of the poem being read diegetically or nondiegetically? Would timing the rhythm of the video to the rhythm of the poem give a more congruous, less distracting result? Can the video be superficially disparate yet thematically linked to the poem without drawing too much attention to itself?

Additionally, I tried an audio experiment that no one seemed to have anything to say about (except Julia, who totally got it and liked it - thanks Julia! :D) I read my 'threedee glasses' poem in two overlapping tracks, kind of a pun on the 3D experience but with audio - I'll upload that too, you'll see what I mean.

It's pretty clear where I mess up or forget words, if it didn't detract from the experiment I left it in.

Blogger wasn't taking my videos, so I've uploaded them to YouTube.

Seeking pt. 1 (non-diegetic audio, simple, clearly-linked concept)

Seeking pt. 2 (non-diegetic audio, disparate yet thematically linked video)

Threedee Glasses (diegetic audio)

Seeking pt, 1 (brief experiment with rhythm)

Threedee Glasses (audio experiment)

This isn't uploading properly... :P