Perspective Composition

Adobe After Effects

School Project

Brief:
As video emerged as a method for artists to create visual content, many practitioners made the materials used to construct videos the subject of their work. Utilizing the analog technology and physical objects of video such as the video cassette tape, synthesizers, mixers, early computers and broadcast signals these artists were able to create abstracted images that pushed the possibilities of video making beyond its typical usage making the medium a powerful tool in the hands of the people. Taking inspiration from early video artists you will use Adobe After Effects, a motion graphics editing software, to create a one-minute silent composition. Each moving image composition should include the following two attribute groups: a background color and at least six geometric shapes that are moving, intersecting, overlapping, and transforming throughout the duration of your video.

Solution:
A one minute silent abstract composition of sailboats along a shoreline composed in Adobe Illustrator and animated in Adobe After Effects.





Ad Nauseum

Adobe Premiere Pro, Archive.org

School Project

Brief:
Appropriation is the artistic practice of repurposing preexisting content to highlight an underlying truth or contradiction associated with that content. This practice has become a technique artists’ use to create work that comments on socio-political histories and current events. For this project you will create a two-minute video work using only appropriated visual content. You will have to think critically about how the past informs the images we are bombarded with today and how you can recontextualize this content to create pointed commentary. The final work can be a single or multi-channel video.

Solution:
Ads are a  part of the American landscape. A glimpse into the not so distant  past may provide insight into our culture today. This multi-channel video is made of appropriated footage from archive.org with the intent to document America’s past of: ads, propaganda, patriarchy, racism, sexism, & consumerism.




Variations of a Can

Adobe Premiere Pro, Audio Balancing

School Project

Brief:
Fluxus was a way of life for many artists. Its goals were to integrate itself into the everyday, establishment of a unified avant-garde, and purging the world of ‘bourgeois’ sensibilities. For this project I want you to focus on a component for Fluxus that was integral to it’s inception, an interest in the deconstruction of sonic elements. Fluxus artist, Alison Knowles states “the objects that I investigate in my work are found in the street or are very familiar and come from daily use. The more real and ordinary they are the more interesting they become to me. They offer clues to reality and have become the stuff of my art. I observe, examine and collect. I present no specific meanings or theories about these little things that come my way...that are just waiting for me to pick them up”. Take inspiration from this quote to create a Fluxus style sound work using a nonmusical object you find in your home. Your final submission should be between one to two minutes in length, employing sound editing knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro.

Solution:
This video was audio balanced using Adobe Premier Pro. Drawing on inspiration from the experimental art of Fluxus I’ve created an auditory experience with an aluminum can. This video attempts to exhaust the auditory capabilities of the can, in a playful manner. Plus, a Cameo by my dog, Monkey.



Nature Frames

Adobe Premiere Pro

Personal Project

Brief:
I love nature, and it was my intent to “bottle the scent” of the four seasons in Michigan. I wanted to capture each of these memories so that I could access the images, sounds, sights, and scents later in my mind’s eye.

Solution:
This video is complileed B-roll footage taken through the seasons, composed together in three-second frames, including audio of each setting. 




The Last Leaf

Adobe Premiere Pro, Lumetri Color

School Project

Brief:
We inhabit a multitude of spaces and often develop an emotional connection to those spaces. These sites may be personal and intimate spaces like our homes or public spaces accessible by others like the streets of your community. For this project you will tell a story about a space that is of significance to you and/or your community. To shape your narrative, you should convey this site through the lens of a specific emotion that encapsulates how you/those in your community feel about or experience this space. The final video should be two minutes in length, and employ Lumetri Color Balancing.

Solution:
A meditation on a local landscape held close to heart. This short is a visual display of the solitude, nostalgia, tranquility, and sometimes banality experienced on a warm day in early November in the Fall of 2020. The landscape is located behind my parent’s house in Clarkston, MI. The color yellow has always evoked a sepia-like feeling of nostalgia. Sepia was invented after black and white film, and yet our minds still interpret it as a more nostailgic version of film. I used Lumetri to color balance the footage to transition seamlessly frame-to-frame. The music choice is meant to reflect the rural countryside that the picture was made, and intended to add an element of age and emotion to the production.