Gates & Fences
making movies. my way.
the process is quite involved really.
i take a picture of something that moves or intrigues me.
i use different cameras. digital. holga. lomo colorsplash. lomo fisheye. vintage box cameras. 35mm.
sometimes i use the picture as is. but that is rare.
sometimes i scan the picture in.
if i want to create video from stills i pull the stills into MAX/MSP with jitter and mix them and record it.
sometimes i combine the mixed videos with other stills and videos. there's no end to this process, it lasts until i get the visual satisfaction i am looking for. watching MAX mix the video sometimes creates new possibilities. and this process sometimes spins out of control.
sometimes i print the altered still out of MAX.
sometimes i use different printers to print the stills. laser. inkjet. various substrates.
the prints are cut up and repositioned in my collage art. my favorite part of this journey.
the collage gets scanned into the computer.
i go into photoshop and use the pen tool to crop out portions of the collage to use in animation.
sometimes i use the MAX movies as a background to the Flash animation.
sometimes i use the original still as a background.
sometimes i use the collage as a background.
sometimes i scan in other material for the background.
the parts and pieces come alive in flash. this can consume many hours, depending on how focused i am.
the flash animations are exported to .mov format.
sometimes i crop and regroup these movies in quicktime.
the .mov's are imported into imovie.
the movies are sequenced.
the music is added.
i study the movie.
sometimes i have to go back and rework the flash animation to fit the music better.
sometimes there are little things that disturb me like subtle white edges that don't meet, or parts that don't quite work right. these get the final tweak. this can get tedious.
the movie is exported from imovie and ready to be combined with other movies for my dvd.
i can't sleep at night because i get such a thrill from the finished product.
i wake up and post the movie on my blog to share with you.