This weekend I worked for the first time in a professional video studio. There was not too much of a difference other then I did not have to wait for the sunlight and had total control of lighting and background in post. I still shot all the footage on my Canon T2i w/ 50mm 1.4f fixed lens but because everything was controllable the shoot time went very fast and everything came together nicely. The sequential order of the images make the process look easier than it was to edit all the elements together. It was nice to experience a new way of working with video and editing, and to work with someone who is just as excited about making the ideas come to life as you are.
I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks I can shoot and edit together the transitional shots for the end of this video sequence.
This footage was taken from my Departing Tide video and edited in Adobe After Effects to be 3D cubes, then I assigned movement to the parent group. I am doing this to test out the form, motion, and timing for a current bigger project. This structuring of video will be applied to a new video series that I am currently working on that continues from my Pineapple Girl Series.
The works that I did over the past couple of years focused on my identity as a American Asian woman and that experience. I want to transition from those works into a new body of work that begins to address the multiplicity of place, location, and time: specifically focusing on the idea of HOME. How does this ever so changing reality of technology change our experience of time, space, and location…is a sense of dislocation a sensibility more commonly felt by many due to the media?
In video I can explore the juxtaposition many places and times all at once and simultaneously construct and deconstruct the medium.
I am interested to see how these ideas will come together and where they will beautifully fall apart.
Slowly but surely I am learning how to use Adobe After Effects so that the ideas about the next couple of videos I am thinking about can come to life. I am fortunate enough to have access to a full functioning HD production studio and equipment, in addition to having co-workers who love what they do and are good at doing it whom graciously share their skills with me.
It has bee liberating to be given the option to create without the demand for studio space. It would be nice to have a space that’s main use is to incubate art making. It is true that being innovative is a good skill to obtain as an artist, but not having a studio has be hard the up side to the situation is I am forced to find new ways to create work.
The possibilities are infinite when working digitally so being able to marry the ideas from my past projects that originate from performance and non-linier storytelling I am beginning to create narratives that point to ideas of home, disincentiveness, and the existance of multiple [places, memories, and experiences] existing simultaneously at one time. This can be possible in many forms but I am interested in showing this in the way I see and experience it.
Collaboration has always been something I’ve wanted to be able to do to but know it is not always easy to find the right match of people to connect with on art making, something that otherwise is an independent endeavor. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to meet many artist who I consider not just peers but genuine friends that I can trust to give me matter of the fact honest critical feedback on work, but also give encouragement through advice but even more so seeing their own hard work and dedication revitalizes my own practice. It is also so amazing to begin with one idea and when thrown into a collaborative mix it begins to grow into its own form rich with layers of perspective and experience. I am excited to see where what turns my work will take with the addition of this new technology and support.
The imagery in the work Pineapple Girl Series will transform from a pineapple into sugar. The idea comes from the pineapple and sugar plantations in Hawaii and how my father ‘s family worked on both after migrating to Hawaii in the late 1920’s. I am interested in the visual of disintegration that references the culture of Hawaii slowly disintegrating due to the effects of colonization and commercialization of the Islands. It also reminds me of how my past relatives’ cultural histories and traditions have slowly dematerialized through me a 3rd generation American Asian woman tied to no place or peoples. Video shooting for this project should start this month. This will be the first video work shot in a professional studio using a green screen and implementing Adobe After Effects to edit the work.