part 2 Testing pixilation video and reseach

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Today everyone was set a task of making a pixilation testing video, in preparation for the final piece so people can get used to using the equipment and know what to do when it comes to the final piece after having some practice. Everyone went into their project groups using the equipment provided: camera and tripod. Worked with “Adam Cox” took turns into both taking the photos and having our hands in the shot. We decided to incorporate pens in the pixilation because in our final project idea, it involves a pen. For the testing video, we played around the concept of how my hand makes things disappear while his hand makes things appear and when he bangs on the table, a pencil case appears, holding the contents in side it.

The limitations of while doing the video was: There wasn’t dragon frame on the computer so we could not able to onion skin it, half the time we was guessing where to place the objects and our hands. We came across technical difficulties, wasn’t able to focus it or take the photos. So we ended up using my bad quality camera. Every time we took the photo, we unintentionally shifted and moved the camera out of its fixed place.

The negatives of the pixilation was that for example the wires and parts of the monitor appeared in the shot, to combat this, next time we need to make sure we are taking photos in an open space with a blank background and make sure everything that is not supposed to be in the shot is as far away as possible. When we took the shots where we are banging on the table, the movement doesn’t look like it carries much weight to it as well as some of the shots could have been speed up.

Thankfully for most of the shots we timed the shots for example 2 seconds and each time we pressed the button to capture the photo, it took 10 consecutive photos. We need to know how to do this for the final  video to save time.

The positive of creating the pixilation, is that it gave us practice and made us think to what we need to do differently to the lead up to creating the final piece.

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Storyboard
Above is the first draft of a story board. Missed out the bully scene shoving the kid completely because after doing the test shot video, it doesn’t seem like there’s enough time to include it. As well as having to come up with the idea of why the main character is leaving the room, why is the bully shoving him, and if he leaves the room then would have to make the door disappear, We are planning to for instance to film the scene in one of the university rooms and we don’t have the authority to start unscrewing random doors off walls.

Research:
Began research firstly by searching up “pixilation animation” on a video sharing site like YouTube and Vimeo to see what results came up. After this I started looking into the earliest work of pixilation, to compare the past and present versions to see how the technique has evolved or changed over the years.

Food (1992) Jan Svankmajer
food poster

Did research on this video because it’s a pixilation video what also combined with the Claymation technique, therefore relevant to the project because it includes the technique of pixilation. The video was separated into three acts: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thought the video was interesting because of the combination of the two techniques, and how the characters act towards each other as well as how they don’t exactly act according to social convention. In the “breakfast” act the people become mechanical, read instructions and the cycle continued, as if food is just a chore everyone must do to live their pathetic lives.
In the lunch act it appears to be a business man and a jobless Joe trying to get the waiters attention. Unable to catch the waiter’s attention; thought it was funny how they start eating everything in sight, they even eat their own clothes. The jobless watches and copies the businessman, as if he doesn’t know what to do in the situation but assumes the businessman is In the right in the situation (informational social influence) It ends up with the business man eating the jobless Joe as if tricking him. The business man pretended to eat his utensils to only pull them back out when the jobless Joe ate his.
For the dinner scene there’s various people eating their own limbs with various condiments on the tables. This is one of the main reasons I researched about this video.

Raigad Pixilation Animation”
In some scenes, humans disappears when the staff touch people. Looking at this video was relevant to the project because by the staff touching the person and the person disappearing plays on the idea of “the touch” when you touch it turns to something else, or in this case turns to nothingness.
The relevance of this video is also to see how they made things “disappear” what can be incorporated into the project animation because in our story the major factor is for things to disappear.
The protagonist has the illusion of being an object because the movements to his legs are very stationary while he “moves” up the stairs but only seems to be little movement near the end when his waving the flag. The antagonist seem to be the same with the majority of the time their movements are a little stationary. It gives them the impression they are just pieces, placed there, on the stairs it looks like his placed left to right as he goes up.
In their animation, the characters and flag is in colour while the background is black and white. They could have done this to bring the audiences focus to the characters or highlighting their significance to the story. Another theory is that the background is neutral white the protagonist and antagonist there’s tension and movement, appearing colourful.
They could have created the effect by taking the photo of the scenery, turn it black and white, took a photo of a person, erased the background and placed him around the scene. Another way could have been that each photo they took, they copied the layer, one for the background, one for the person, made one layer black and white, eased the sections where the person is to reveal the colour underneath.

This Side Up – pixilation by Demian Geerlings 2002
The reason and relevance of looking at this video to the project is because it’s a pixilation and the project has to be a pixilation. The second reason why I looked at this animation is because the use of flashbacks, how you might insinuate things until you finish  watching it for example in the beginning, think the  girl  got ran over, but find out this is not the case, also looked at it because of  the combination of digital animation and how they included repetition in the story but variation each time till it was broken in the end.

liked how in the video they do the repetitive cycle of him then painting  and doing daily rituals. Making his life seem mechanical.

The wall is a piece of cloth on the floor with a wooden frame as the ceiling/wall and floor of the room as if it was a clock. His food looks like play-do that gradually “fly’s” on to his plate, thought this was interesting, how they set  the scene.

Kambras – Pixilation 2 – Short animation movie – 20 Locos
The relevance and reason why I looked at this video for the project is because it’s a pixilation, the project is about pixilation.
The reason why I choose to look at this video for the project is because the way he “disappear” one scene then enters another. As well as how his sitting on a table, in our concept the protagonist is sitting at a table.

XOD – I want You Back Pixilation Music Video

Looking at the music video is relevant to the project because the music video is a pixilation and have various things change to other things, those are the points that need to be incorporated into the project, therefore looking at the music video is relevant as a reference point. By watching the video, it made me think about: the concept of making the finial piece in a form of cycle for example the ending shot to be the same or similar to the opening shot, the volume or liquid or objects to increase or decrease, because for instance the blue liquid gradually increased, if things come back to life, possible hand gestures and how the objects behave for example, a possible moving/ talking picture, is it going to move shot by shot and by how much distance per shot.

Earliest examples of animations
Norman McLaren – Neighbours
“ neighbors” is a Short film by Norman Mclaren. Made in 1952
Its start off with two men being civil with each other, doing lots of postural echoing. When two people use a lot of postural echoing, it suggest they are either: close or admire each other or trying to impress one another, but it all changes when a flower appears between their two houses. They start fighting over the flower. Destroy everything even the flower in the process. After looking at this video, started to think about: the moment it all changes, the use of music to empathize movement, hand gestures, and if any postural echoing can be incorporated into the final piece, therefore looking at this video was relevant.

El hotel electricrio
Created in 1908 directed by Segundo chomon, what was a film
The film was one of the first pixilations ever made, therefore looking at it is relevant to the project.
The black and white Spanish film was a mixture of stop motion, footage and pixilation. Near the beginning it was a suitcase that moved by itself, items within them organising them self’s to draws. A man getting his shoes shined and a women that has her hair brushed and styled as if the brush was working an invisible force and doing itself, the same effect with the man getting his beard shaved and brushed.
The end of the short film, there’s a machine working with what appears to be lines drawn on the scene then the objects of the room jumble up back and forth. This looks out of place compared to the rest of the film. When for instance the clothing comes off the women, she is very stiff and emotionless, this scene make the movie seem out of place is well because in other scenes she moves and act more lively with emotion.

Conclusion:
After looking at some of the pixilation videos, noticed a majority of them, the animations are laid out on the floor. While watching them it also made me think about: the possibility to combine different animation techniques on top of the pixilation for instance digital animation on top or Claymation at the same time as the pixilation, the speed and spacing of each frame to create the illusion of acceleration or deceleration, the visual composition by the placement of both the actors and items as well as the type of body language displaced.

References:
Vimeo,. ‘Food (1992) Jan Svankmajer’. N.p., 2012. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
Wikipedia,. ‘Food (Film)’. N.p., 2006. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
YouTube,. ‘Kambras – Pixilation 2 – Short Animation Movie – 20 Locos’. N.p., 2011. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
YouTube,. ‘Norman Mclaren – Neighbours’. N.p., 2011. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.
YouTube,. ‘Raigad Pixilation Animation’. N.p., 2013. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.YouTube,. ‘The Electric Hotel 1908 Silent Film Segundo De Chomón’. N.p., 2011. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.
YouTube,. ‘This Side Up – Pixilation By Demian 2002’. N.p., 2010. Web. 5 Oct. 2015.
YouTube,. ‘XOD – I Want You Back Pixilation Music Video On Ugpulse.Com’. N.p., 2008. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.

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