Assignment: Kinetic Type Animation

Description: Create an expressive typographic animation containing verse/lyrics (10-12 lines) of your own writing. the 20 second animation will be exectued using After Effects.

So I went through some old poetry and lyrics looking for something I didn’t hate. I didn’t find much, to be honest. Most of it is either really bad, overly long, or far too short to meet the requirements and I’m not feeling particularly lyrical or poetic lately, so I don’t know what I’m going to do.

Here are the old poems I found that I considered using either parts of or expanding on:

Untitled 1:

Drowning
Abstract lonliness
“Why did you call?”
You’re right. 
I shouldn’t have

Passing
Heartsick emptiness
“In the purely physical sense of things…”
Maybe you’re right…
But I can’t walk away.

Darkening
Mournful Hatred
“I had hopes and dreams before I had you.”
It’s not like I asked to be born.
I’ve tried my hardest…

Disconnected
Endless isolation
“I only want to be around him.”
Maybe that’s how it should be.
I’m part of the rest of the world…

Aren’t I?
(May 1, 2003)

Tanka: Butterfly
(Adding to this would change the format – it was written as a tanka, so I’m not really thrilled about changing it since it was so painstakingly arranged to begin with, but whatever)

Your hands released me
And I flew inside of you
I nested in your heart
Waiting to be reborn
Longing to feel your touch again
(September 23, 2009)

Haiku: Revelations: still reeling

Revelations on
a red-tinted horizon
Halo round a ball
of burning gas. I admit
it, you had me fooled.
(Oct 4, 2009)

Freeverse: Derelict, Distracted

Lazily licking corners of perception
Feline-esque in presentation, and brilliant like the sunrise
It begins,
Drifting in and out of this conscious state of self-awareness

Served up, preformed ideals
and I’m wishing the limits weren’t so tight.
Violent thrashing in heavy pulsation
Beat, pause. beat, pause.
But faster, rushing, strobing frenzy

Volume increase and
left with a stalking feeling.

Receding prey and washed out post-high exhaustion.
October 2009

Unfinished lyrical snippets of various lengths:

1:
More in face, than in name
Take this pride away and let me fall
A gift for one so weary
I surrender
To take the blame
Of this parade
And may the waves just pull me under

These scars so deep that none can see
The truth that lies between you and me.

—-

2:
And all this time spinning round
In circles of my own design
Streamlined screaming of your name
Nothing will ever feel the same

What do I do when the music inside me dies?
When you rip my feet out from under me?

—-

Atroquinine, My Love

Drowning in blue
Drowning in you
Atroquinine poison
Telltale color of your eyes.

15 minutes to love
This bitter taste of you.

I played the fool for you.
Blindly I would fall
Into blue

Never felt the rapture.
Never the release.
These chains in which you hold my heart
Are cutting way too deep

A letter, a name
Nothing ties me to you like the blood in my veins

These chains
Binding my heart
A whisper of release

Your name

Darkness, descent
My words lost
Black on empty white
Illegible by the sun’s light.

Then I have maybe this one piece of prose writing that I could use:

Don’t Ask

“That blood! How did it get there?”
No one asks. No one tells.
“That bruise! Was it from training drills? Did you get into a fight?
No one asks. No one tells.
“Where were you last night?”
“Don’t ask.”

And this that I wrote today, some unfleshed out prose I was working on that I’ll probably never finish. Also under the “lines” requirement and probably won’t work:

“I am a delicate flower.”
“You are strong.”
“I am a perennial.”
“We are coming out of winter now; spring is coming.”

I really have no idea what I’m going to do for this. I’m so frustrated. I used to write so much and now that I need writing, I can’t find anything I’ve done that I want to use.

Appropriation Process 2

So I tried the mosaic idea and it wasn’t really doing anything I didn’t hate, so I went back to the layered idea that I was working with with the forest piece based loosely off the work of Idris Khan. I’m actually very happy with how the forest turned out. See here, here and here, but I didn’t feel like it pushed me as much in terms of creativity and skill, so I wanted to try other things once I finished it.

I spent one workshop day in class working on this image of an octopus that I mentioned in my last blog post, but ultimately scrapped it because I wasn’t happy with where it was going.

So here’s how my layered piece using Mark Zuckerberg as the subject came out, but I still wasn’t happy with it visually, although it was more approaching the meaning I wanted with the mosaic piece.

I got distracted somewhere in the middle with the stress of my personal finances and made a few versions of a piece that also imitated Khan’s work, entitled Debt, in which images of various sample billing ledgers were used to create a chaotic piece that embodied my anxiety and frustration. Although, I’m unhappy with any of the versions, I’m documenting my process here, so I’ll include them for the sake of completeness. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Finally, I went back to my idea mentioned earlier of a composite portrait. Although it may not immediately be as visually pleasing as the forest piece, I feel that it’s a more significant work. The purpose here is to show a layered person – we’re all multifaceted and it’s important to remember that there’s more to a person than just one side of them. In this piece, I strove to capture things such as public persona juxtaposed with a more personal, private or relaxed side the subject. This takes into account perceived personality and usual appearance, work ethic, how time is spent and divided between work and leisure and other such important issues of a person’s life. I chose Mark Zuckerberg as the subject not only for the reasons mentioned in the last post, but because there is such a conflicting public perception of him as a person, entrepreneur and businessman, not to mention the privacy issues that are constantly coming up in terms of Facebook and the line between public and private faces that many people worry that the social network blurs.

The final work is entitled Pieces Form the Whole, and the title is appropriated from the song of the same name off of the score for The Social Network film. (You can listen to the track here on youtube.)

Disclaimer: Individual images for the “Forest of Trees” piece were gathered from stock on deviantArt and can be found at the following locations: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Pictures of Mark Zuckerberg and sample billing ledgers, as well as components used in the octopus piece were gathered via Google image search and Bing image search and I didn’t save the URLs. All images were appropriated and I can only take credit for the final work and not the individual images that make up the components of the work.