"Fire is motion / Work is repetition / This is my document / We are all all we've done / We are all all we've done / We are all all we've done / We are all all defenses."

- Cap'N Jazz, "Oh Messy Life," Analphabetapolothology

Monday, January 29, 2007

my take on the kuleshov experiment, with gnomes

i spoke with my media aesthetics professor today and she said i could try creating an internal conflict. this, rather than an explicit narrative arc, is more appealing, but also more difficult. i'm not interested in crafting a dialogue, but am more concerned with providing the images that will elicit the dialogue themselves. i'm fairly laissez-faire in my own affairs, why not be that way with my art?

i'm so picky. is that the sign of an artiste? or mis-direction?
i've decided this gnome project could take a Lev Kuleshov historical turn. for those who don't know, the Kuleshov experiment took the same shot of a man with a neutral expression and juxtaposed it with images of different things: food, a woman, a funeral, and found that ppl read different emotions into his expression, based on their own associations.

see a short clip from the experiment here:

since i am working with a non-expressive, fixed/static subject (geoff), the responsibility for emotive effect lies solely on me and my ability to manipulate the images in just the right way.

only instead of intercutting images, i'm using lighting and camera angle to create my effects.

you see what i mean?


remaerdyaD, the blogger formerly known said...

Interesting stuff there, blogger stephan!e - though my system does not load embedded youtube

I am on a dialogue kick of sorts too The oldboy DL I got is in Korean, which is great - I loath overdubbing (Viva silent movies, non?) But I'm taking the opportunity to do a bit of video forensics on the matter of subtitles (MIMETYPE .src) My research is on a 1997 computer system I have been building with a partition of an advanced version of Win98 and a non-update, delapidated version of WinXP-pro The former does not do subtitles - even with one video player that could But is otherwise great (my general assessment is that my work is made easier with OLDER technologies) The latter plays the subtitling, either in spanish or english, but has soundcard issues Using ancient software + gumption will uncover WHY these sorts of occurances exist in DETAIL

If this spam publishes, thanx for the tollerance - I am going through my first blog-withdrawl as my provider is going through internal matters themselves, closing publishing...

the blogger formerly known as Daydreamer

p.s. much better close-ups this time, kudos

Brian said...

Pretty cool stuff Steph. Above my pay grade though. ;)

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stephan!e lee said...

brian: how do you mean? pay grade?


remaerdyad: ok, now that WAS spam. i'm not happy about that, and that's why i removed it. pls keep that stuff off my site thanx.

remaerdyaD the blogger said...


stephan!e lee said...

sorry to be so rude, but spam of that nature really frustrates me.

anyway, thanks for understanding. :-)