From way back when.
I guess I never put up my stencil photos so here they are –
Monthly Archives: November 2009
with Green Screening and Video Compositing. Lauren and I shoot a well-considered fake punch.
Exploring Kinetic Sculpture for 3D Media Studio – Table Football in Water (Wood, Plexiglas, Water, Ping-Pong Ball).
Through this week-long project we wanted to create an interactive dynamic between the sculpture and the viewer. We immersed the structure in water and introduced a ping pong ball into the “playing field”. Et voila, you have a fluid game of table football. Players can grab onto alternate wooden paddles and use the pressure of water to move the ball over the water surface and score goals! Some interesting aesthetics come across through the materials in use. By a happy accident, my teammate bought foggy plexiglas instead of clear, and it created an interesting in-focus/out-of-focus dynamic in the gameplay. When the wooden paddles are close to the surface of the plexiglas they are clearly visible but as you plunge the paddle into the water, it moves out of focus. But then, as the water from inside the structure splashes against plexiglas, all of a sudden you have little pearls of water settled against the back of the glass, creating a scattered vision that lets you peep into the game.
Or lack thereof.
Dinner at Orient Express. Fortune Cookie #1 – no fortune. My friend that I was at dinner with is thoughtful to grab another one for me on the way out after we pay our bill. I say this out loud – “Oh it would be really funny if this one was missing one too”. Haha guess what?
My life is so amusing sometimes. I love it.
All you need is –
1. Long-lasting camera batteries.
2. Residents in Mudge who don’t mind having their living space being stolen for the night.
3. To not be clumsy with yourself (“I don’t know what to do with myself”..woahh did this tripod just move?) around the camera.
4. Friendly souls in the cluster who help you when Final Cut won’t cooperate.
5. Just a little patience (that Rachel had a lot of, 500 photos? whatttt. phew!)
There’s definitely flaws, maybe even big ones, but we loved the idea of putting the video and sound to this stop motion together so much!
Some things I really like – the light flickering, the audio-video syncing! oh my god, the syncing! the reversed clip at the end.
Here’s what I’d make better if we were to shoot this all over again – use the same camera to avoid changes in perspective and coloration, and probably put more thought into framing the table.
Hope you enjoy watching the magic just as much as we enjoyed making it!