Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DUE 4/28

A. Final Critique -- embed in blog and save to server in the 4_28_folder

B. Final Portfolio Due -- Details below -- save to the server in the an425_s16_final folder

Final Portfolio Folder -- use outline below -- root folder and subfolders are bolded :

yourlastname_firstInitial_s16_AN425_FP

Projects
Final version project 1
Final version project 2
Experiment file project 3
Final version project 3
Experiment file project 4
Final version project 4
Experiment file project 5
Final version project 5
Final Project (aka project 6)

Stills_Documentation
please include any high res character and/or background assets
sketch book scans
documentation of work being made -- cell phone videos // stills

P2
resume
links to visiting artist reviews
links to career services workshop reviews


TODAY -- 4/26 -- MEYERS -- 12PM

Today we will have a fantastic speaker here at MCA talking about design and the creative field, Josh Horton. The name of his talk is: Your Heart is Smarter Than You Think: Why conviction is creativity’s secret weapon
Josh Horton is a creative entrepreneur focused on the social and economic impact of design and creativity. A Memphis native, Josh started his design career in Seattle at Asterik Studio, Tooth & Nail Records, and Invisible Creature. He returned to Memphis in 2007 to build brands for small businesses and nonprofits that have positive impacts on the city. In 2014, Josh founded Creative Works, a three-day conference in Memphis that brings like-minded creatives from across the country together to share ideas, learn from peers, and get inspired. Josh is currently working toward making Creative Works a year-round entity to help young, talented creatives feel at home and make Memphis thrive.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

puppet links / info

A. What is a shadow. Write a short response following your shadow gathering and brainstorming/freewriting response to your gather.

B.  Create a short presentation on the tradition of shadow puppetry of the country of your choice. Post your findings and links out to examples on your blog.
India -- Aminah
France -- Sean
Thailand -- Will
China --

C. Create a shadow puppet with 4 emotions -- Design and Performance//The show

Sharp scissors, exacto knives, utility blades, hole punch, needles, etc. etc.

Card Stock or Bristol Board Recommend

Control movement with wooden rods, bamboo skewers, thick drinking straws?
Attach rods with masking tape or aligator clamps/roach clips

For your first puppet try using only 1 or 2 manipulation rods. Many movements can be achieved 1 or 2 rods.

Use paper fasteners to attach joints -- see Jill for small size fasteners

Think about cut and color.

Opaque vs. Translucent vs. Transparent

Play with texture -- Fabric -- Lace -- Hair -- Fur -- Yarn -- Pipe cleaners etc. etc. etc.


We are focusing first on the puppet and it's design. Things we must consider along the way and to build in the future:

Screen
Casting the shadow
Translucent fabric -- cotton, linen, gauze -- must allow enough light to pass through the material to cast shadows but thick enough to keep puppeteer from being seen.
Lightweight white paper can also work.
To experiment stretch your screen across a frame like a doorway or cardboard box. Wrinkles will distort your shadow.
Screen will help to shape the shadow. Distance between the puppet and the screen.
Closer = smaller
Longer = larger -- However, the blurrier the shadow will become.

Light:
Carefully laid out and angled -- for testing a single desk lamp can work
Light intensity will depend on the size of the room or screen, and/or the time of day you want to translate
Generally want high enough the pupeteer's head is not obvious but low enough that the manipulation rods do not show through

Show:
Performance
Setting the scene -- Set pieces and props -- Soundtrack


Resources:
Indonesia -- Wayang Kulit

Java - Puppet making studio images
http://www.daverayphoto.com/blogs/2013/07/village-javanese-shadow-puppet-studio-java-indonesia?goback=.gde_1335127_member_256600726

Malaysian -- Wayang Kulit
New Hope -- Contemporary Malaysian
great detail shots of puppet construction and screen set-up -- towards end details switch from paper to transparent plastic
http://vimeo.com/90989377

The art of shadowgraphy -- How it's done -- published 1900
https://archive.org/details/artofshadowgraph00trewuoft




















Simple How 2's
http://www.hvanrossum.com/howto.html
http://jimmie.squidoo.com/shadow-puppet-theater
http://domesticblissnz.blogspot.ru/2012/10/diy-shadow-puppet-theatre.html

Artists/Theatres
Oregon Shadow Theatre
Matthew Robins
Richard Bradshaw
Stephen Mushin
Stephen Mushin 2
Shadowlight Productions
Shadowlight Productions 2
Theatre des Ombres
Book Art / Installation
http://a.parsons.edu/~dezsoa/Tunnelsnew.html
Silhouette vs. Shadow
Interesting in terms of scale conversation in class
http://www.anastassia-elias.com/view-photo/10/710
Show on the go
http://www.roughmagictheatre.co.uk/html/blackpool.html#.U_TzqaiXPQw

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

End of Semester Dates

4/7
Final Project Pitch
Must Include:
Concept -- Synopsis and Outline
Techniques Used
Links out to visual development, research, resources, and inspiration

7-11
Pre-Production
Technique Testing
Creation of Assets

4/12
Pitch 2 with complete visual development
Technique troubleshooted and confirmed

4/14
1 on 1 crits
Production workshop

14-18
Production

4/19
1 on 1 crits
Production workshop

4/21
SAVE WORK TO SERVER IN AN425_S16_4_21 FOLDER
1 on 1 crits
Production workshop

21-25
Production 2

4/26
SAVE WORK TO SERVER IN AN425_S16_4_26 FOLDER
1 on 1 crits
WIP crits
Post-Production Workshop

4/28
Final Due
Final Portfolio Due

VPT on your computer // Second screen menu bar

so that you do not get the top menu bar on your second screen -- go to:

System Prefs
Mission Control
Uncheck Displays have separate spaces -- this will require a log out.