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Visual Aesthetic

Hello readers,

It’s been so long since I’ve posted on this blog! So much has been happening these days. In celebration of being active, I thought I’d write a short post on my own visual aesthetic. I got an MFA in Studio Art after doing my undergrad in Theater & Original Works because I knew the importance of both the theatrical and the visual in my work. I create objects for theater and theater for objects. When I write, I see images. This translates into performance and film projects (often both at once) that are stylized and visually bold. Below are a few inspirations that I use frequently in my work:

1) RED CURTAINS
Face Off
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Mamma Donna Falls in Love
MamaDonna
Buoj iz Jeb, Professional Figure Model
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2) POLKA DOTS & STRIPES
Isabel Jukes Karaoke
Isabel1
Red Blob Massacre
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Red Blob Massacre storyboard
Scene 4_1

3) Sexual Body Parts
Ode to the Boob
Photo 71
The Dick Tater
P1000671
Red Hole Circus

Buoj iz Jeb, Professional Figure Model
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4) Cardboard & Foam
Hot Ripe Burning Sex Parts
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Red Blob Massacre
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Beneath the Concrete
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5) The Grotesque
Red Blob Massacre
Red Blob Leg
The Shooting

Face Off
Sequence 1 010346;22

6) Influences
Food by Jan SvankmajerBe Nice to Me by Pipilotti RistLighting Strikes by Klaus NomiPsycho Beach Party

The RED BLOB MASSACRE Trailer!!

Hi everyone,

I promise that this will be the last self-promotion post I write in a while :). It’s just, well, I had an earlier post about my MFA Thesis project, “Red Blob Massacre”, which I wrote right in the midst of making with golden promises of more stories to come, which in the end never did because I got lazy (and started a full-time job directly after graduating).

Anyway, to make a long story short, especially considering that it’s almost 3am in the morning and I’ve been editing at my computer since 4pm in the afternoon (and have to work at 9am), I will cut the small talk and just give you the meat of this lovely blog post.

The Trailer for RED BLOB MASSACRE:

Thanks for watching, please tell your friends! This was definitely one of my most spectacular (and grueling) projects yet, and I’m proud of it!

The link to the RED BLOB MASSACRE website: www.redblobmassacre.com

Red Blob Massacre: a silent horror film and live performance

Dear Readers,

Hi. How are you? I’m fine, thanks. Well actually, no I’m in freak-out mode. I’m in total spasm art mode. I’m in the wind-up mode until my graduate thesis project finally explodes in the eyes of the public next Thursday & Friday night, April 5 & 6. And then it will all be over. Well, almost anyways.

It’s interesting to track a project from its beginning all the way through to its current fruition. I say current fruition because even though next week this project will extend its long limbs out into the public sphere, it most certainly will continue to grow and develop into the future- be that at the international film festivals I intend to submit it to, as well as the art shows and live performance events I hope to present it at. In many ways, what’s special about this project is that it can fit into various modes of transmission. That, I hope, will transform the many, many hours that I and many others have put into this project into something greater than itself.

The project is a silent horror film and live performance titled Red Blob Massacre. 

Honestly, I wish I had the time and energy to explain all about the concept and research and inspiration and so on, but even just starting this blog post in the midst of it all makes me feel stressed out about all the things I should be doing to actually MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN.

So, for the time being, I’m going to include some screen shots below, and direct you to a few links which will at least introduce you more to the project until I come back in two weeks or so to tell you how it went. I’ve put a LOT into this project. And I’m more excited about it than anything I’ve worked on for a while. And as I mentioned before, so many great people have been involved with it. I hope, if you have the time, that you’ll visit the links I’ve included and tell your friends all about it. Thanks so much for your support.

Synopsis: A silent horror film and live performance. Maddy Blitz is a young woman with horrendous-looking teeth. Maddy’s nightmares of not fitting in clump together to form a giant RED BLOB that confronts her tormenters, eventually growing so big that it……..

Collaborators:

Written & Directed by: Emilia Javanica (me!)
Assistant Directors: Ian MacInnes & Jan Trumbauer
Director of Photography: Jessica Renée Lee
Assistant Director of Photography: Alan Torres
Lighting Design: Matt Infante
Puppet Design & Art Direction: Emilia Javanica
First Assistant Camera: Walter Lin
Grips:Joe Reed & Brett Firlik
Sound Design: Simon Alexander-Adams
Location Sound: Mike Chen, Rolando Palacio, Živan Rosić, Wes Swartz & Eric Lundgard
Green Screen Videographer: Jacques Mersereau
Green Screen Lighting Design: Jeff Alder
Editing & Stop Motion Animation: Emilia Javanica

Cast:

Emilia Javanica, Jan Trumbauer, Skyler Kragt, Taylor Henkin, John Kannenberg, Jeffrey Kaplan, Jeannine Thompson, Ali Amine and the RED BLOB

Red Blob Massacre blog site: http://redblobmassacre.wordpress.com/

Interview about process with Mark Maynard: http://markmaynard.com/2012/03/emilia-javanica-on-the-red-blob-massacre-and-what-its-like-to-shoot-ones-first-independent-film/

Red Blob Massacre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RED-BLOB-MASSACRE/360836520597395

Red Blob Massacre on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/RedBlobMassacre

And last but not least, the poster for the premiere, which as I mentioned above, is happening NEXT WEEK!!!:

Cut-out Animation Awesomeness

I’m preparing to do some animation for my film project, and am determined to improve my DIY animation skills. I’ve made a few animations in my life, using objects, my own face, and an overhead projector. All have worked, but have required MANY hours of correcting images frame-by-frame because of my unsteady set-up and mediocre lighting skills. Don’t get me wrong- I’m a big fan of the homemade aesthetic. But, I’m not a big fan of sitting in front of the computer hours on end correcting mistakes that I could have avoided with a little more research.

That said, I’ve been plowing through the internet world of DIY animation tutorials, and have found some useful tips!!

1) The animation stand. I need to construct a set-up that is easy to maneuver and STAYS PUT. For cut-out animation, which I’m planning on doing for my current project, I need something that holds a camera to face straight down. A tripod isn’t gonna do that. Believe me, I’ve tried. Also, I need something that’s CHEAP and SIMPLE. Here are two of the best options I found:

Wood Clamp C-Stand:

This one’s super simple, but I question its ability to hold a heavier camera (I have a Canon 60D). I decided on the stand below, but you can find the instructions for the Wood Clamp C-Stand here: http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=19857

The DIY Downshoot Stand:

This one, according to the person who designed it, is under $20 and a sturdy little set-up. The downside of this one is that you can’t move the camera up and down, however, for me and as the designer suggests, the zoom on the camera will work fine. I’ll probably opt for somewhat different lights, which I’ll discuss in a moment. For the full instructions for this design, go here: http://www.curbly.com/users/chrisjob/posts/3907-how-to-make-a-diy-camera-stand

These and other options can be found on the SMFA Animation blog att: http://smfaanimation.blogspot.com/p/animation-workspaces.html

2) The lighting. I’m tired of having bad lighting for my animations. I’ve used clamp lights, but not had the best of luck. One problem I’ve had with them is that they move, and every time that happens the lighting in the animation changes.

Here’s a handy video tutorial on studio lighting that I found helpful:

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Ikea has a desk work lamp, the Tertial Lamp for $8.99 which I’ll probably get two of:

Apparently this same lamp has been recommended to turn into a DIY webcam mount, a mic stand AND a speaker mounts as well. Pretty handy!

3) The cut-out animation technique. There’s plenty of tutorials out there, but I found Terry Gilliam’s Do It Yourself Animation Show to be the most helpful so far. His explanations are simple, funny, and acknowledge the desire to make things as easy as possible. Plus, the animations are awesome.

Here it is:

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4) The inspiration.

Brian Islam and Brucie, by Terry Gilliam:

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Tyranozilla, with music by John Powell:

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The Fish and the Doll, by Orla Wren:

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Other things that I haven’t discussed here but are also important:

Storyboard (I was lazy to do this at first for my film pro0ject, but I’m SO GLAD I did. It’s an incredibly useful structure or jumping off point from which you can explore and elaborate on in the moment of making).

Storyboard example 1 from my film project, "Red Blob Massacre"

Storyboard example 2 from "Red Blob Massacre"

A stop-motion editing program (‘frame catcher’). I was lucky to get Dragon Stop Motion for a student price through my university, and am glad I did. It’s very helpful. Before, I was attempting to edit one photo at a time into Final Cut Pro, which is the editing software I work with. Not a good idea. I know there are free versions out there as well- definitely helpful.

Video editing software. As I mentioned above, I use Final Cut Pro. Would like to give After Effects a shot someday, but for now I’ll work with what I’m used to. One new program at a time… Plus, I like the homemade look a bit better. After Effects already starts to get fancy. I’m sure I might change my mind once I figured the thing out, though.

Sound. Any animation is good with good sound. If it doesn’t look good, add some sound to it and it just might. Sound brings things to life. It accentuates the important moments. It adds the mood. For me, editing the sound in is just as fun as editing the animation. But, editing sound is a whole other topic, and one that I will not go further into at this time.

Suggestions? Comments? Please share!

And thanks for reading :).