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Black and White / Color Studies

For the Film 2 final project, we were assigned to work on any project we desired. i had become interested with exploreing the realms of basic understandings of color / black and white. So I did two seprate and completely different experiments/studies so I may come to a better understanding of how to use them to my advantage.

 
Color Study: I wished to fully dive into the basics of how film works. Light produces a reaction upon the silver halides. So I decided to simple open up the film cameras houseing with different sorts of lighting and tricks. I was hopeing to capture the washing in and out of overexposure and see what type of color distortion could be produced. This is what is called a camera-less shoot; the camera simply serves as a way for the film to be progress and act as a container. Through the use of overhead lights, flourcent, flaslight, lazer, sunlight, strobe, blacklight, filters, masks, and more were applied to achieve this experiment. Shot on Color Negative 16mm film. After developing the film, I took the film into After Effects for more color boosting and tweaking. This was then taken into Final Cut Pro and edited till satisfied. There is no sound; I was unable to find a way to force the video (video of the film) to be data-bent into the colors and brightness controlling the sound.
 
Black and White Study: I had recently watch many of the works by Stan Brakhage. I wished to mimic and expand his method of shooting "Mothlight". This method was buying clear leader (transparent blank 16mm film) and tapeing various substances or very thin objects. I began doing this and experimented with the tapeing the following upon film: red scarf, basil herb, bottle wrapper, ripped paper, pencil shaveings, dirt and dust, fingerprints, and a thin sharpie pen. This was then transfered to video and taken into After Effects. I then rotated the video so the frames were to run from left to right instead of bottom to top. I felt that this better suited the purpose at hand and allowed for the video to feel that something upon the film was moveing. I also added two halfs on each side of the screen that mirror each other and are one frame ahead of the main center frame. I felt this to fully boost the feel of the film frame and supports the movement more to confuse or strengthen the viewers perception. I also added a vibration to climax points of the film through the use of After Effects. The sound that you hear is simply the optical sound reader turned on when transfering to video. What you are hearing is the images that you are seeing. What this means is that the optical sound reader is meant to read a sound wave printed upon film instead of the images. But by extending my taped 'images' to the area where the sound should be recorded, I am able to achieve this effect. This effect not only materializes the film but reinforces the underlying and unconcious tactics at hand.
 
This piece was created in: Film 2 (spring semester)
 
Black and White Study 1m 38s (18.2MB)
Color Study 2m 59s (32.9MB)
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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