I’m kind of interested in student reactions to Maddi’s YouTube® clips that are attached to her comments from the previous post (see links below if you missed them). The one thing unique about visual art is that it affects a response. Some reactions may be initial shallow exclamations like “that’s really cool and/or awesome” to “creepy,” but perhaps at the root of your initial reaction is a much deeper wealth of aesthetic understanding. You are beginning to learn the basics of what I like to call “special effects.” The elements and principles of design are the basic building blocks. How you apply and manipulate these through your chosen medium’s techniques (in this case video) determines and alters your audiences’ response (and I don’t mean applause). Perhaps you noticed in Seaweed and Making a Shell that the still photographs displayed visual movement and/or rhythm, or maybe you were more aware of repetition and the lighting effects, or even the musical accompaniment. Maybe you were more aware of the figures moving behind the still images. Although you may not have noticed any of the above, they were there. The artists' timing and arrangement of those elements presents a new visual experience to you. As you observe others using techniques in any medium, explore their methods, experiment yourself, and employ the basic principles of design. They are your building blocks.
Remi Weekes and Luke White who posted these videos are young award winning writers and directors. Check out more short video experiments of theirs at: http://www.tellnoone.co.uk/ Oh! Did I say “experiments?” You mean there is a relationship between this post and the last? I think Maddi knew that.
Making a Shell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw6qe1EdQkk
Also check out the related YouTube®/Guggenheim video below.
Another interesting approach to narrative…