Last week in Animation, we were tasked with creating a 30 second stop motion film. I missed the first class and took this project on solo. 8 hours of filming and editing later…
For the past year or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about how consumer products and appliances have completely abstracted away the planet Earth. Provenance is rendered almost invisible–or is at least totally abstract– and we buy products which somehow magically materialize in warehouses.
Sometimes I look at my phone or computer and I’m astounded that this thing is made out of stuff on Earth.
I’ve been mesmerized by projects like this one:
thomas thwaites attempts to build a toaster “from scratch”
….and admiring phrases like this one:
Software is enchanted sand and crystals written by haunted meat. (src: unknown)
….and writing things in this vein:
on future geologies
Industries scoop back into the story like a spoon, ladling the story that is stone was once light and turning it into a deconstructed pile of syntax, rubbing out the lexicon of rocks, of crystals, of oils, life, melting down the chapter book of planetary history to create a crude vocabulary of things which can be assembled easily on stockroom shelves.
Thousands of stones that were once light and heat fill your home: this spoon, this bulb, this double decker panini press. Some became computers.
These appliances you hold in your hand– they have no interest in storytelling. They are new grammars, existing in isolation; chemically bizarre.
Once upon a time, there was a barcode.
How will it all read, in ten thousand years? When all is piled into an appendix of things we don’t understand, with no beginning and no end—waiting to turn into fire?
I had this image of cooking as a process for transforming raw material into things. Tree into paper, sand into glass… then escalating quickly into Smartphone, which could very well be made of misc. mineral ores, metals…
On Saturday, J and I walked around the playground/park near my house, and I gathered loads of sticks and rocks. I got some fun acrylic rocks from the local fish store:
I was so focused on filming I didn’t take any process shots. A couple thoughts:
- using a tripod is challenging!
- how to optimize filming flow between many angled shots
- i only storyboarded this in my head. how much surprise/fluidity in the process would “real” storyboarding have done?
- focus check on Dragon Frame is so helpful
I tried to switch up the angling to emphasize different actions.
Some stills from side angle shots:
Some stills from top angle: (cooking, looking in)
Here’s everything when filming was done:
I’m really happy with how this came out. For the future: I had this idea to play the film backwards too, which might have some nice poetic effect.