Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blog Assignment # 3.5: An Evening with John Canemaker

On April 3rd, we had the opportunity to watch 2 great animations by John Canemaker. I specifically liked The Moon and The Sun. His style of animation is rather different from what the mainstream media is all about today. His animations are hand drawn and doesn't involve any CGI or any computer graphics. His animations are filled with blasts of colors and sound that make them feel more than hand drawn animation. Everything just mixes so well together, it's amazing. I saw a lot of the things we learned at class applied exactly to the animation. Including the shots chosen for the whole animation. It's amazing to see how John Canemaker's animations show so much emotion with colors and even the borders of each subject. For example when the father's hand smashes the table, the father's hand has a much darker and thicker line, unlike the kid, who was drawn with much thinner line. Same with the Mafias. They appear very strong, but when the police are after them, their appearance fades away. Watching his animation definitely helped me out, because for my project I'm doing Stop-Motion animation, so I enjoyed every moment of it.

Blog Assignment # 3 - A Look Back

This semester I had the opportunity to be in a class with a wonderful teacher and my wonderful classmates of Section 001. From day one it was clear that this semester would be filled with a rush of different things. Starting from the first day of class till now, we've done many different things. We had blog assignments & documentary work, from learning about sound recording techniques to filming a better documentary, each of which was better and more improved from FILMP 150. Teachers and classmates play a huge part in a student's class time, and I can happily say that this semester I had them both. Which is what made this semester even better. Prof. Sam, gave wonderful tips on editing and organizing our work, and I'll definitely be using her teachings for all my future works. I have learnt a lot from this class, but, with things going in a bit of a rush, I think some people might have had trouble keeping up with everything. Like we only had a week before we started recording our subjects, and that can be a bit hard for people who tend to be more closed and somewhat shy. But then again, this was the perfect hands-on experience, because we might not even know our subject till the day of the meeting, so this was both helpful plus a bit startling. The rush was a great experience nevertheless, because this is how it's going to be in the real world. This course so far has given us a better look at how it's like to go out and make a real documentary, and I've learnt a lot that I will apply to my future projects.