Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Space Sound/Magnetic Connections/Adobe Audition


Pre-viz/Like for like storyboard animated in Premiere Pro

Shot 1 from Michaela Cernejova on Vimeo.

Contextual Studies/Semiotics Part 2/Pop Art


Pop Art

  • impersonality as a style
  • appropration - using pre-existing objects or images with little or no change
  • everyday images
  • flat design 
  • repetition
  • commercial, mass media
  • predecessor and indication for modernism
  • collage, montage
Robert Rauschenberg Pop Art Collage:
Robert Rauschenberg, Retroactive (1964)


Výsledok vyhľadávania obrázkov pre dopyt warhol campbell
Andy Warhol

  • machine-like, doesn't look like it was made by man
  • copywrite (appropration)
  • graphic
  • symplified
  • lazy art - popart artist didn't usually had to put a lot of effort into the creating process
  • making a new style from imperfections of printing

Výsledok vyhľadávania obrázkov pre dopyt andy warhol death and disaster suicide
Andy Warhol, Suicide from Death and Disaster series

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Andy Warhol, Death and Disaster series


  • used real photographies of human jumping from the Empire state building or photography of horrible car crash
  • he captured the aftermath of ''the beauty of speed''
  • destroyed Futurists' illusions about modern technology and movement 
  • restlessness of modern life
  • impact of technological progress and consumerist culture
  • the endlessly repeating of this disturbing image is causing apathy and is softening the shocking effect - from looking on this disturbing repetition, the viewer gets almost same kind of  feeling  of numbness as after overcoming traumatizing situation in real life - desensation
  • captured the reality of suffering and death in ''happy 50s society''

Roy Lichtenstein


  • new technique imitating machine printing process
  • hand made posters using the technique of printing process - the Ben-Day Dots printing process

Výsledok vyhľadávania obrázkov pre dopyt pop art new technique painting the poster by hand

Súvisiaci obrázok



British Pop Art

  • decade earlier than in USA - 1950s
  • breaking down the previous destinction between art and desig
  • foundation of inspiration was dadaism and its irrational combinations of random images
  • posters, catalogs, album covers, pages of popular magazines, other marketing-related propaganda

Peter Blake


  • prints, collages, paintings
  • modernity blended with nostalgia
  • fascinated with American popular culture and elvis Presley music
  • grandfather of British pop art
  • best know for designing the album cover for The Beatles 
  • in 1997 retired from painting
  • still continues with art but with no relations to his previous work 


                                     Self-portrait, 1961             Tattoed Woman 5, watercolour, 2015


Intertextuality


  • close to plagiarism
  • borrowing someone else's work and shaping it into something else with a different meaning
Mr. Brainwash (thierry Guetta)

  • obsession with recording everything and keeping useless footage in plastic boxes (he was haunted by his mother death)
  • businessman, owned clothing store before he became one of the largest contemporary artists and most confussing personality

                              Mr. Brainwash, Reborn                             Mr. Brainwash, Tomato Spray


Banksy

  • late 1990s
  • British controversial street artist based in Bristol and London 
  • often politically themed, satirically critiquing war, capitalism
  • mainly using subjects: rats, policemen, children
  • transformed his artwork from acts of vandalism to sought-after high art pieces





Thursday, 26 January 2017

Maya Tutorials/Tileable&Layered Textures/Part 1


Sound Correction/Adobe Audition #2

Sound Corrections

Removing background noise

                       Before Noise Reduction                                                After

Noise reduction effect

Removing Cough/Bump/Disturbance

                     After using Healing Brush                                      Original sound

Remobing a Siren-Noise

Original speech with siren-siund

Sound Removal Effect

Final - speech without siren-sound


Character Design/Props and Anthropomorphism

Creating prop for a character based on random object.


Study Room/Library

Anthropomorphized objects in library or study room.

Character Design/Fairy


Quick designs for fairies with different personalities.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

MultiCam Car Crash/Premiere Pro

Crash Cam from Michaela Cernejova on Vimeo.

Cutting Edges/Rope/Film Review


Figure 1, Official poster

'Rope' was ''experiment that didn't work out'' as the director, Alfred Hitchcock, said by himself. It's difficult to say if the experiment was sucseful  or not because of its brave originality but surely it was the most interesting experiment with shooting a full-lenght picture


American psychological crime thriller released in 1948, based on 1929 Patrick Hamilton's play with the same name was Hitchcock's first colour film. He was experimenting and trying to find cinematic equivalent to the play. The whole story is happening in the apartment as one continuous scene with a great view on Manhatan city beginning with murder and countinue with the party which starts just a few minutes after it. The movie is filmed without any visible cuts even though there had to been cut every 10 minutes as it was the longest time of film that camera could contain. Those technical cuts are hidden with camera moving across someones back or moving from one room to another through the wall. Extreme few seconds close up of the camera gives the filmmakers enough time and space to change the film and camouflage the cut. ''The camera, for example, would move behind a chair at the end of one shot, and seem to be moving out from behind it in the next.''(Ebert, 1984)


Figure 2, Two lovers after murder

Alfred Hitchcock is the most famous master of susspention and Rope is not an exception. The viewer can witness the coldest murder right at the beginning and watch the murderers to hide the body of their friend David in old antique chest that has a prominant place in their apartment. Continuously without any obvious cut the party starts with David's loved ones and his corpse cooling in the middle of the room. The longer no one from the guests is paying attention to the old chest, the bigger suspense it is building in audience. It is the great example of Hitchcock's geniality and his penchant to torture his viewers. The anxiouty and tension about the secret that the viewers are keeping with the murderers are building up with every minute which they have to spent watching guests at the party enjoying the food, good champagne and little chats. 

Figure 3, Party with food served on the top of the chest

One of the guests at the party, Rupert Cadell, is murderers' and victim's pre-school teacher. Every now and then one of the guests mention or ask where is David but none of them have suspicion. After few unusuall reactions about David's missing or about the chest, from Brandon or Philip, their teacher starts to suspicious them. When Rupert is about to leave is the moment when tension is at the top as he accidentally pick up the wrong hat from wardrobe and extreme close up on initials DK on the hat reveals the truth about Rupert's mistrust. This moment makes the viewers jump out of the edges of their seats with a scream.  

Figure 4, Initials on David's hat

It is probably the coldest movie about human beings. Two lovers, Brandon and Philip, kill their old friend David just for the thrill of it. They see murder as a some kind of art and considering themselves Nietzschean supermen. ''For the director, like Brandon and Philip, murder was an art,..''(Hutchinson, 2012)They serving the food from the top of the chest where death body of their friend is hidden. In this movie Hitchcock is not focusing on character's moral dilemmas but on their apearance, movement and overall how the perfect crime can goes wrong. 

Not only story that is happening in the nearly real time but also the camera by itself is making audience feeling of tension and agitated. Most of the scenes are shot in middle close ups to the characters and with combination of uninterrupted scene it's creating claustrofobic feeling and makes audience think that is trapped in the apartment with two murderers and death body. The slow movements of the camera seems as it is lurking at the party as Canby said for The New York Times: ''he has made his camera a random observer '' (1984) Sometimes it even seems as the camera is on the wrong place but it is just after a few seconds when audience realizes that camera is actually pointing and preparing them for important situation that is just about to happen. As it is in one moment when camera slowly moves down and focusing on the chest, party is continuing on the right side of the camera. Audience can hear the conversation that is going on between guests but can see only part of the jacket of one person. The main scene that audience can see is housemaid who is cleaning out the food from the chest. After she clean everything she returns to put som e books into the chest. Audience stops breathing as she is opening the cover of the chest but at the last second Brandon jump into the scene and stop her. 

Hitchcock is more focusing on visual effects in his movies than on the sound therefore many of his movies are very minimalistic when it comes to sound effects. Usually the only sound that the viewer can hear is the sound coming out from the scene. In Rope there is few seconds of the music before opening line and then at the ending scene. He is using aditional music for his scenes very rarely as it is mostly used to emphasize the feeling that audience should feel from the scene. Hitchcock likes to keep it more natural so the viewers can sink even deeper into the story. 

Rope
Figure 5, Green light

Instead of using dramatic music or sound to point out on the most important part of the movie, Hitchcock decided to use light and colour. During the drop-scene when Rupert reveal the crime and is having a long monologue, the red and green are flooding the room. Those two colours which stands for the opposite forces (red for death and green for life) are chosen very carefully by director for their psychological appeal. ''..red or green, suggesting a world in which life and death swirl eternally.''(Gunz, 2005) 

Even though Rope is not the Hitchcock's masterpiece it is undoubtedly amazingly original experiment with turning cinema movie into theater play. By watching the same continuous scene, with theather-like light effects, audience is getting more and more the feeling of sitting at the theater and watching the live play on stage where any of the actors can spoil his line any minute. 


Illustrations:
Figure 2, [user-generated content] (2011) [Blog] At: http://www.alfredhitchcockgeek.com/2011/07/alfred-in-wonderland-how-hitchcock-used.html  (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Figure 3, Gregory Roy (2012) [Blog] At: http://filmclatter.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/why-see-thisrope-1948.html (Accesed on 20 January 17)
Figure 4, [user-generated content] (2014) [Blog] At: https://www.quora.com/Alternate-Ending-In-Alfred-Hitchocks-Rope-spoiler-could-Rupert-Cadell-be-framed-to-be-part-of-the-scheme-with-Brandon
 (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Figure 5, Pamela Hutchinson (2012) [Website] At: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/jul/27/my-favourite-hitchcock-rope *(Accessed on 20 January 17)

Bibliography:
Canby, Vincent (1948) HITCHCOCK'S 'ROPE': A STUNT TO BEHOLD At: http://www.nytimes.com/1984/06/03/movies/hitchcock-s-rope-a-stunt-to-behold.html?pagewanted=all (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Crowther, Bosley (1948) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' Rope,' an Exercise in Suspense Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Is New Bill at the Globe At: http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=980DE3D81630E03BBC4F51DFBE668383659EDE (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Ebert, Roger (1984) Rope At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/rope-1948 (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Gunz, Joel (2011) Alfred in Wonderland: How Hitchcock Used Sound to Create ''Pure Film'' At: http://www.alfredhitchcockgeek.com/2011/07/alfred-in-wonderland-how-hitchcock-used.html (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Hutchnson, Pamela (2012) My Favoutrite Hitchcock: Rope At: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/jul/27/my-favourite-hitchcock-rope (Accessed on 20 January 17)
Wisniewski, Chris (2007) Rope At: http://reverseshot.org/symposiums/entry/1312/rope (Accessed on 20 January 17)





Thursday, 19 January 2017

Contextural Studies/Semiotics Part 1

Semiotics

History and basics


Rene Magritte, This is not a pipe, 1948

Semiotics
  • study of signs, symbols
  • also focusing on how meanings are made and how reality is represent
  • involves not just the 'signs' in everyday speech but is focusing on anything that can be understand as something else      
  • it can be: sound, image, word, picture, sound, ..

Structuralism

  • methodology in sociology, antrophology and linguistic that is thinking about culture criticly and theoretically
  • has a structure and scheme for explaining the signs and symbols which can be found for example in: society, art,
  • paying attention to the way how story, text, image was made and dividing it into elements 

Poststructuralism

  • developed as response to structuralism but doesn't have the exact same and simple definition
  • it shares somethings with other 'post'isms
  • in contrast to structuralism, poststructuralism is focusing on the impact of the stories, texts, images and their symbols on us
  • believe in multiple meanings

Conotation - association or second meaning of a word or expression
Denotation - the explicit or direct meaning of a word of expression 


Bauhaus, most influential art school of 20th century


BAUHAUS

  • most infuential art school of 20th century
  • German modernist art school of architecture and design 
  • noted for its modern minimalism, techniques and materials associated with industrial production
  • shaped by the trends such as Arts and Crafts movement
  • huge impact both in Europe and The United States long after it was closed
  • art's relationship to society and technology
  • sought to level the distinction between fine and applied arts, and to reunite creativity and manufacturing
  • purpose was to give art a meaning in society and also give manufacturing soul
  • design for everyday life


Semiotics in advertising


Roland Barthes - Rhethoric of  the image


  • the net associate us freshness        
  • makes us believe that sauce was made from fresh ingredience that had just been brought from the shop
Singing in the rain

  • rain usually causing bad mood or we associate it with depression
  • from watching Gene Kelly dancing and singing in the night street while rain is pouring on him we getting a feeling that it is fun  
                                
Semiotics in clothing

  • understanding the world through the fashion 
  • clothes became definition in society 
  • clothes is connect to the roles in society and is symbolic
  • animation using clothes as a props