The third dimension

I’ve been trying to extend my dabbling novice creative skills into something more substantial. It has taken me a great deal of time (many years in fact) to realise that artistically speaking, I am almost always working in only two dimensions. I can paint a picture, describe a scene, show a snapshot, play a scale, but when it comes to telling a story all I seem to do is string together snippets that don’t necessarily seem to fit. I’ll provide a rich scene and then tack a twist on the end, and tell myself that’s basically a story. In short, I have hitherto lacked the foresight to bring the third dimension of time into my efforts. I believe that this, at least in part, stems from my misplaced core belief that art comes from somewhere guttural and insentient, that does not need to obey the normal laws of planning and contextual consideration. As I mentioned before I am challenging that belief and trying to push past the ideal of creative purity and dirtying my creations with consideration and positive self-criticism. A really tough lesson for me is planning. I try to make an animation…I realise immediately that I lack the equipment and skill to make what is in my head. The simplest plans are laid in ruins by the blight of poor lighting. I can’t say I’m exactly proud of the silent movie snippet above, but I’m not disappointed either. It has taught me a little about timing, lighting, and angles. But on this occaission, they don’t really work for me, because there is no story. And stories are what make this whole damned life worth living.

Scribbled animated flower

Ok, I know a flower is very unimaginative, but I wanted a simple subject to represent by use only of smartphone and finger (no stylus for me…). The end result is deeply sketchy and next time I think I’ll go back to using the camera for stopped motion and not my just my sausage finger.

Living room mask

I made my first stopped motion video and played a couple of notes on the violin. It probably sucks big time but it was fun to make! I call this creation “living room mask” on account of it being a mask in my living room.

Lesson 1 was, you cannot hope to make a stopped motion film without a tripod (thanks amazon!) Good grief! What will I turn my hand to next?