Digital Collage

I still believe perseverance is the best way of learning new or challenging tools, so had chosen to do my collage on Photoshop. The theme I wanted to focus on was very different from day one, which was text, and I decided to use children’s book covers instead. Above is a collation of 5 different children book covers that are mostly composed in green. Through the use oftransparency, rotations and layers, I was able to create an entirely different design from where each cover originated. I also had to use paintbrush tools and the magic wand to edit out any text that was in the way of the design. It almost looks as though it could be a book cover itself with how the layout has turned out. I do really like the end result and this process with digital collaging.

Physical Collage

It seems as though it is similar to clouds, in the way it appears differently to each person that looks upon it. I think this is an added feature to this collage as it could be a discussion point.

Video Collage

I found my version a bit haunting but am happy with how it turned out in the end as it takes the original clips out of their context through layers used in Premiere. I wanted to show the juxtaposition of cartoons over history, however in its morphed form they all blend together to seem as one, even through they cross 80 decades.

Sound Collage

I knew from the beginning of this project, I wanted to create an alternative narrative based around the awkward love story of the lead characters in the movie Freaks. I was fascinated with how the scenes juxtaposed so well with the emotionally artistic scenes of Melancholia. I found creating the video clip first helped in having a direction when creating the sound. I overlaid clips I had recorded from miniAudicle so that there was a somewhat smooth transition for emotion and tone creation. Even small changes in tone and speed, or even volume of the shred, created a significant difference in how it sounded. The more emotional scenes, such as the beginning and end of the clip, present a much slower tone and wavelength, in comparison to the conflict in the middle where there is a higher frequency and at one point an unintelligible sound representing the conflict in the relationship. I ensured there were obvious transitions at each turn in the story, so that there was a flow to portray emotion and romance.

The piece is named Komorebi as the sound reminded me of the Japanese word that describes light that breaks through leaves. As with the composition, there is a level of stop start to the light. An unintended sound to video correlation was in the cartoon section where the sound almost represents speech.

 

References:
Example code that was altered/modified was downloaded from: http://audicle.cs.princeton.edu/mini/

MiniAudicle example clips used:

  • blit.ck
  • rlp.ck
  • wind2.ck
  • chubograph.ck
  • stereonoise.ck
  • hp.ck
  • oft_02.ck
  • oft_03.ck
  • oft_05.ck
  • larry2.ck
  • unclap.ck

Clips used in creating the video:

-Zeduka. (2012, 7 January). Melancholia (2011) – Opening. Retrieved 28 August, 2013, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kP-vuOy8cU

-Tanya Mills. (2013, April). Freaks (1932). Retrieved 27 August, 2013, from http://vimeo.com/64576339

-andythebeagle. (2013, 26 June). Aesop’s Fables Wood Choppers (1929) VanBeuren Studios cartoons. Retrieved 29 August, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duoQZN5ZQZ0

No copyright infringement intended in the creation of this clip. For educational purposes only.