Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Final video project is in the works

I'm working on my final video project for ART 119.  I'm making a 2-4 minute video about a trip I took to New York City this past weekend.  I had a great time and got some good video clips to use.  Here are a couple of them:

This one was taken in Times Square - it was at night, and I wasn't sure how it would work with my camera.  The sights and sounds in Times Square were really something . . . I'd never been there before but I'd seen it on TV (New Years Eve) . . .

This one was taken on the front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - I had just left the museum and it was almost dusk . . . I really like the sounds in this one.

I played around with taking video through the window of the airplane.  I took four flights in all, coming and going, so I was on the airplanes at different times of day.  I checked the list of "approved electronic devices" to make sure that it was okay to keep my camera on during takeoff and landing (watch for some nice airplane action shots in the final video).

I'm starting to edit the final project - I installed Adobe Premier Elements on my PC today.  I'm having some trouble with importing some of the video files, but I have a friend who can help me with the technical issues.  I'm anxious to get going on on the editing - I have an idea of the "story" of this, and I want to use more than one soundtrack.  Arthur suggested that I might narrate this - I will definitely try that and see how it goes.  I realized that to narrate something you sort of have to be a writer, and decide exactly what words you want to use . . . I don't think that this is one of my strengths, but I'm going to give it a shot!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Less-than-one-minute Video

Our assignment was to create a less-than-one-minute video that had a beginning, middle and end.  This was very challenging for me . . . I found that I shot a lot more raw video than I actually needed (but I guess that's good, because I had a lot to choose from).  Next time I'd like to make a video about something outdoors, in a more beautiful setting . . .

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Less-than-two-minute video

Here is a short video I found on YouTube . . . 


I made this poster for ART 119 using Adobe Illustrator.  The class was experimenting with using type to convey a message.  We looked at the work of Sister Corita Kent for inspiration.  I love Sister Corita's work - I remember seeing pictures of her art in the 1960's, when I was a young kid.  I think that her art is some of the first art that I really noticed in my life.  I used one of Ruairi's collages from Swallowtail School for the background of the poster (with his permission) . . .

This assignment was interesting and I learned a lot, but it confirmed that graphic design is not really my "thing".  :-)  Time to go make some sculpture . . .

Monday, October 31, 2011

Photoshop Collage

Here is a digital collage that I created for ART 119 - it was my first time using Photoshop to combine images.  I started with a line drawing - I traced a painting that I made last summer.  Then I added textures:  Photos of bark, MDF wood and the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon; scans of feathers and corduroy fabric.  Then I drew in some details using Photoshop.  This was really challenging for me but I like the way it turned out.