Workbench

What am I working on now? An occasional upload of work in progress, various software and hardware tests and experiments.

Praying Mantis Video and Images part of New Scientist magazine and website.

Februrary 17, 2014

 

I recently provided still images for a photo spread for New Scientist magazine and website. The mantis video has also been included on their YouTube channel. Link Here

Adrift - MORE Updates

Februrary 16, 2014

 

Making good progress on Adrift. I'm considering a collection of print images from this material to go along with the video.

Adrift - Updates

Februrary 12, 2014

 

I've recently gotten back to Adrift, the third film in the Lake Series. Currently the edit is almost locked sound is being developed and the overall look is in progress. Below are frame grabs of the work in progress with various image tests. Imagery is of work-in-progress.

2-Hour Film Project - 7 Obstructions

Februrary 2, 2014

 

About 11 years ago I started doing short projects I called Day Films. The work had to be finished within a 24-hour span. Today, I use this idea as inspiration for my Intermediate Experimental Video students' first project. The course is about pushing past the lack of ideas. The first day of class we watch Lars Von Trier's 5 Obstructions as a way to setup the course. The next class I have students draw seven different parameters or obstructions out of envelopes. They are allowed to eliminate one of the obstructions. They then have the remaining class, about two hours, to use these obstructions as a foundation for a completed video. I sometimes try and do the project with them. This is my latest version.

Praying Mantis

October 9, 2013

 

I've started working on another off-shoot from previous work. Recently a composer/musician contacted me and asked if I would be interested in working collaboratively on a project. He's asked me to create a music video using praying mantises as the main subject.  We've also talked about incorporating imagery similar to the new morphology work. I've just started shooting new mantis material. Not sure where this will lead but I'm pretty excited. More info as the project solidifies.

 

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Thresholds - Work in Progress

September 27, 2013

 

Wishlist

August 24, 2013

 

Came across this article about LG's new 2560x1440 5.5 inch screen. I'm thinking this could be really interesting integrated into the smaller morphology pieces.

 

I also just read about their new 21x9 aspect ratio monitor, 2560x1080 pixels and 29" diagonal screen. Would love to see my work on these! LG lets collaborate!

 

Vascular Modes Outgrowth

April 14, 2013

 

Two frame grabs from new work-in-progress inspired by the recent Vascular Modes piece.

 

Vascular Modes Hallwalls Show​

Jan 6, 2013

 

When does key-framing video become animation? At some point I wonder how different this is from CG animation. I am after all animating what happens to the video over time by setting key-frames. I am creating something completely new from the manipulation of pixels. The original material is completely altered and no longer manifests itself in its original form. It has gone through metamorphosis. 

If rotoscoping can be called animation instead of tracing (no disrespect to the great rotoscoping animators out there), then this work seems to be as much animation as anything else. Each of these tracks of effects has multiple parameters to adjust. On the right is an example of one of the custom effects that I've created with all of its possible parameters to key-frame over time.

 

Morphologies

April 14, 2013

 

A sampling of work in progress. Continuation of the Morphology Series.  A collection of specimens. Potential Linnean classification to follow. Working on bringing these to life through various animation methods. I’m looking at two ways of presenting these, as large projection installations and as wall hanging video sculptures reminiscent of turn of the century scientific cabinetry. Still a work in progress.