Wednesday, January 25, 2012

60 Second Shot

Doing a video that is only 60 seconds can be easy, but also have its challenges. As an artist you want to convey your intent or message in a short amount of time. Composition was really important when planning my 60 second shot. An interesting composition can make a world of difference in a video so short.
Doing this project, I learned that the camera's quality really does effect how the video looks. I used my phone for this project, when didn't allow for a nice steady shot since I wasn't able to use a tripod. The camera also learned that the camera can really change the color from what it is like in real life, which is what I experienced when filming this video.
During the critique in class I learned more about narrative in videos. I always thought of narratives as a dialogue and so much in terms of a beginning, middle, or end and how the mixture or lack there of can effect the video. With Meghan's video, we come into it right in the middle, and the piece stops before there is an end or any kind of resolution. This makes the viewer question and try to analyze the whole story since we are not given all the information.
Another thing I really paid attention to and learned more about was the space that exists out the camera lens and the scene. It can really make the viewer question the ambiguous space and what exists in it. Are there more people? What is out there that we can't see.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Why I Love Video Art

Video Art was recently introduced to me as an artist. During Video Art I we did screenings of pieces from the 1970's and 1980's so as revolutionary as they were, some of them were a little too out there for my taste. I did see a couple pieces that I really loved and came to form a better of opinion of this art form. Vertical Roll by Joan Jonas was a great piece and really enjoyed it. It really shows what an artist can do with audio, editing, and using video to make a message.
I love video art because it comes with endless possibilities. As long as one can dream it up, has access to equipment and can figure out a way to execute their ideas, they can create it. Yes it is a more pricey and technology based art form than say drawing is, but that is the way society and culture is moving.
Also part of why I love video art is editing. That is the most enjoyable part of the video making process for me. Its rewarding for me as an artist to take footage that is so ordinary and simple and take it into final cut and make something worth watching. This also goes the same for me as a photographer, part of what I love most is seeing the images I've taken and editing them in Photoshop.
Being new to Video, I still get a little frustrated figuring out how to execute my ideas and getting the footage that I want. It's so different than drawing, painting, and photography. It is still a form of expression but has opened up a whole new door for me as an artist, which is another reason why I love video art.