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Friday, March 24, 2017

Rania performs her MFA production

Rania presented her MFA one-person performance in the Shu-Box this evening. It has been a couple of years in the making but still contained numerous elements that I'd not expected. It was a mixture of media installation (anamorphic videos and graphics) and gallery installation (barbed wire and salted floor environment) and mixed performance as she interacted with the audience and presented from her fold-able cardboard house using shadow, video, puppet, recorded audio, singing, and other interdisciplinary components. She got a nice sized crowd. Thank you to everyone who came out to support her (Great to see you Mooky and Sara) and congratulations Rania on this wonderful accomplishment. Defense is only one week away... 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Film 200 pig production

The weather is finally good enough to take the class outside and shoot something. While a bit rushed, I think it went well. Everyone had jobs to do and there were no mishaps. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Recreating the Third Man

In class today (and last Thursday) we studied sequences from The Third Man and reshot them as precisely as we could. Very challenging and good exercise but only for half the class. Need to rethink it a bit to maximize affect. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Puppet Day and Morton painting moves again

William and I went to "Strings", a 2004 marionette feature film at the RPL this evening. Saw Mooky and Sara there, fantastic to see they have returned from their world travels. The film was pretty solid, although the ending left me wondering about some of the core ethical themes. The main character has realized that his nation are really the bad guys and have conquered the city they have been living in for generations. What does he do with that knowledge at the end, now that he has decided that peace is the best solution? Will he surrender his city to a nomadic people they have grown up hating? I doubt it. Will they invite them in? I suppose so. Will they give them property? Maybe. Will they give them good property? Many many questions are left unanswered.
This morning Margaret helped move the big Douglas Morton painting from the entrance way of the Regina Public Library for cleaning for the second time ever. The first time was only two years ago, after it hung there for four decades. This time is because someone set a fire in the book return a few months ago and smoke damaged the area. They moved it differently this time, opening the huge windows and taking it out in one piece (some cutting needed to happen to accomplish this). 

lantern monster

William finished his beholder monster lantern and handed it in today. I'm missing its presence hanging over the breakfast table already. It has lights glue gunned inside and is quite ghastly but pretty. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

First shave

Today William asked me to teach him to shave. I lathered him up and he did the rest without a single cut. He refused to let me photo-document the event.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lip-syncing in animation

Here is a very short clip we made in class this week to test the lip-syncing guidance in Dragonframe. We also shot some animation using steel wool to test the way it would move and catch light. I didn't export that as it related more to Ethan's project than our work this week. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jean Oser event

This evening I went to Nora Gardner's website launch and fundraiser for her Jean Oser project. The event was at the Filmpool and had a screening of "Myrtle's Murder" and "Ghosts Before Breakfast". Don List was there shooting some interviews for the project, although the shape of it was not yet defined. I told some stories on camera that would be good to use and at least one that was more for the archive and not for public consumption. The event was highly under subscribed.