Alison Lucy's Blog


Mirrored- Final Video Composition
May 30, 2011, 22:35
Filed under: Mirrored

I wanted the typography for the video to be simple and unobtrusive. I feel like I have achieved that and am pleased with how the typography is positioned at the beginning of the video in particular, in keeping with the composition in the overall frame. This final edit involved tweaking the movement of certain mirror sequences to the music. It was a constant challenge to create a balance between keeping in time with the track (referencing certain sounds with the mirror sequences) and also a degree of subtlety. I didn’t want to ‘over-do it, I wanted the visuals to appear to move naturally with the audio. Overall, I am happy with this final edit. I do however wish I could re-shoot certain close up angles of the mirrors at higher quality. This youtube video isn’t the best quality, but you get a sense for the final edited composition.



Mirrored – 3rd Edit
May 25, 2011, 13:21
Filed under: Mirrored

This is the third edit of my final video composition. I think I’m moving in the right direction, I wasn’t completely happy with the final forty seconds of the previous edits, so in this composition I’ve paced it a bit better I think, and also included a different piece of footage that has a beautiful stormy cloud in which I thought was a shame not to include. I would like to add some typography to the piece, but currently I am unsure what I would add. Perhaps the title of the audio – ‘Inner Sunshine’ by the Solar Bears might be enough. I am not sure if I want to over explain the mirror time lapses themselves, there is beauty in their simplicity.



Mirrored – 2nd Edit
May 20, 2011, 09:01
Filed under: Mirrored

Here is the second edit of my Solar Bears music video. I feel that this works better as a whole, with less rhythmic cuts and hopefully more of a focus on the abstract contrasts between shots. I also triple checked that the edits were exactly on time with the audio, which involved careful observation of the audio tracks.



Mirrored – 1st Edit
May 18, 2011, 13:56
Filed under: Mirrored

Above is the first edit of my mirror time lapse music video to the track ‘Inner Sunshine’ by the Solar Bears. I feel pleased having made it through the whole track and now feel I can go through it again and think about what areas work well and what areas don’t and why. I’ve used clips from pretty much every mirror time lapse I have filmed, which I don’t think I necessarily need to do. This will hopefully gradually begin to bring the final video together a bit more, into a cohesive whole!



Reflections of Projections – (Typographic Edit)
May 14, 2011, 13:23
Filed under: Reflections of Projections

After careful consideration of what type to add to this final video to put it into proper context above is the final execution. I am really pleased with how the title initial text fades in and out of with the video but feel that I could perhaps further alter the end credits displaying my name…I also edited the video itself down further. The more I show it to people the more I realise it could be still shorter!



Abstract Gender Installation
May 13, 2011, 09:16
Filed under: Abstract Gender

I’ve wanted to set up these animations as a final installation for a while now, and finally everything fell into place yesterday (with a few technical difficulties along the way) and I was able to utilise the university’s four ‘swivel’ screens which had the perfect dimensions for my animations. They were all connected to one computer so the four computers acted as one big screen which made things quite confusing navigating the videos across them but it was also a very exciting process.

The installation was  silent one (apart from the natural hum of the machines) and yet I felt that in documenting the installation I should try and capture the feeling that the physical space created. I therefore edited together a thirty second video to a 30 second David Bowie track called ‘Space’. The sound seemed to aptly describe the futuristic nature of the sequential installation and also make the video more compelling. I am really pleased with the end result, and feel like it is a ‘natural’ endpoint for this project.



Candice Breitz
May 12, 2011, 09:28
Filed under: Abstract Gender, Research/Inspiration

South African artist Candice Brietz was an artist that one of my tutors introduced me to when we were discussing ideas for setting up a final installation piece for my final Abstract Gender outcome. I found her work really interesting and dynamic. Her website shows you a large range of her video work which includes many sequential installation pieces. One of my favourite works is her ‘Jack Nicholson’ feature comprised of seven screens in total, made up of clips of the actors many characters. An extremely clever dialogue is created that seems to speak of the human condition extremely well with the conversation asking more questions than giving answers. A really clever work. I found a youtube video documenting the work below but you can see the piece in full on her website.