Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Video: Stuck in the Stairs

This is about a guy stuck in the stairwell of McKnight--he can't seem to get past the second floor. I was happy with how a few of these shots worked to give the illusion that he was walking in a loop.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Carlo Chandler-Video Project

Title: "Room(s)"

The video is about someone who is trapped in a room where every door just leads back into the same room. The audio I chose is supposed to give it a surreal feel. This story relates to how we sometimes have no control over our lives and that sometimes we just have to resign ourselves to whatever happens.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Brett Parrott Video project

"YearWalk." The content of this video was largely inspired by the videogame yearwalk, and of the actual swedish visionquest of the same name. The visuals were inspired by blackmetal album art, and also out of necessity since not all of the shots were shot during the day. In terms of the audio i wanted the sounds to appear surreal and reverberate much more than naturally possible given the environment. Initially i wanted the video to have a more inspirational or spiritual narrative, but to create an actual resolution to the video i decided to give it all a somewhat creepy or eerie atmosphere.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Brett parrott video example

I picked this mostly because of its abstract and surrealistic style as well as its symbolic and creepy use of practical effects and (as with all tool music videos) the relationship between the music and the visual stimulation.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Short film: "The Black Hole"

"The Black Hole"
Director: Diamond Dogs
Production house: HSI London

I picked this film because the concept is in line with what I was thinking about: making something possible that is normally impossible. Although it uses special effects that I may not be able to use, I just want to use this as inspiration.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Short film example: IMAGINE - Short Film (2015)

Compared to other short films I saw on YouTube, this one seemed to be one of the best in its planning, shooting, and clear purpose.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Collin Ensz, Animation with Sound

On this animation, I wanted it to look sort of cinematic with the scene cuts and the way the trees pan based on distance from the 'camera.' This version has sound. I added a few simple sounds and a short piece of music that I had recorded a while ago and that happened to fit pretty well.

Digital studio video project ideas

  • A black cloaked figure traveling through an ancient forest while on a "yearwalk" (which is a Swedish vision quest.) The figure will see various references to norse and pagan folklore among other strange omens of the future. 
  • A person in deep meditation who sees visions and symbols of gods and nature with their mind's eye. 
  • A musician plays his guitar around a warm fire in the middle of winter, and laments the loss of the old ways and the old gods of the earth.
I intend to combine these ideas together more or less but i plan to focus mostly on the first conceptual proposal. 

Collin Ensz, story ideas

1. Someone fears attack or robbery on campus. He or she runs between the emergency call poles, stops at them as safety posts, and suspects everyone walking by.
2. Character buys cereal that has picture of strawberries on front, sadly finds there is not actual fruit inside, then something happens to resolve it.
3. Endlessly walking in stairs (in McKnight?) never finding the ground floor.

Ideas for Video Project

  • Listen to a song or soundtrack and imagine a story that could go along with it.
  • Make something real that doesn't exist, maybe a made up virtual reality game
  • A person is trapped in a world where whenever they go through a door everything changes perspective and they can never escape

David OReilly Playlist

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brett Parrott Flash animation project

"Space man." Brett Parrott. I used adobe illustrator to make the shapes and I used motion and shape tweens to create the effects. I wish that I could have had more time to add more substance to the video like rotoscoping and more complex movement in the figure. 

Alien Abduction Animation (no sound)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Proj. 7 - Flash Animation

"Bad Luck Bot"

For this project I decided to draw within flash to create the character. I did a combination of frame-by-frame animation and tweening. For the background, I used an image previously created in Illustrator.

Stylistically I wasn't influenced by any one animation or artist; I was just thinking about the style of Flash web animations in general. I designed the character to be very flat and I used the brush tool to help it look like a typical Flash animation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Brett Parrott Digital studio animation music

The music i plan to use for my animation is a small thirty second segment of the song "Vicarious" by the band "Tool."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ideas for green screen project

Idea number one. Late Night with Jimmy Wilson. The show starts in the typical fashion of a late night talk show host. The comedian portrayed by myself comes out into the middle of the stage and tells few jokes. At first the audience chuckles and then after a few jokes become more and more hysterical and laughter. By the end of the Act the audience is laughing so hard at the jokes with a begin defecating in a frenzy. The host of the show slowly starts to lose his mind after each bit. Suddenly at the end of the performance we realize that he is alone in the studio, and there was never anybody there to begin with.

Idea number 2. Pirates of the Hurricane Harbor. In this ideas you are transported to the magical capitalist adventure Hurricane Harbor. Here the viewer sees a variety of kooky characters, pirates that plunder the concession stands and water slides of this once great park. Throughout this journey the viewer will be subjected to a variety of song and dance numbers by the Pirates leader JB McHookNfly.

Idea number 3. The wayward peaks. In a small isolated mountain town in Colorado a paranormal investigator uncovers a strange mystery. Will investigating into the thick underbrush PI Wilson discovers remnants of a creature that is out of this world. It's now up to him to solve the strange mystery of the crashed UFO.

green-screen-a-palooza 2015

I have three project ideas in mind, to use my body as:

1. a model for a quick & dirty 3D videogame/interactive experience.

2. a visual component for a looped projected collage.

3. a visual component for a music video.

Depending on how much time allows me, there's also the possibility for these projects to intersect, for instance, a collage that features a game or interactive element, or a music video that features a made-up videogame consisting of the green-screened footage.

Sound FX for Animation Project

These are the sound effects I'll be using for my robot character:
I'm not sure yet if I want background music, but if I use it, it will be minimal and comedic like this: "Marty Gots a Plan" http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?collection=034&Search=Search

Incompetech.com is a good source for free open source music. It has professional-sounding music for different themes made by composer Kevin McLeod.

VSP: Video based performance

Video Sound & Performance music video / layering & effects examples

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

There is Only Death

Brett Parrott: Animation examples

This is a link to a clip from a series of animated shorts called "The diary of Tortov Roddle. " By Aru Tabibito no Nikki. I enjoy its illustrative aesthetics as well as its often surreal content. The series has only 6 episodes and is only about 15 minutes of total time, but it is definitely one to watch.  

This is a link to short film entitled "Ursa Minor Blue." by Shigeru Tamura. I love this animation mostly because of the children's-book aesthetic, the surrealism, the fantasy elements, and the beautiful color schemes. The film is shorter than an average TV show episode so if one has the time I would highly recommend watching both this, and any of Tamura's other work.

This is a link to a short animation called " Black Hole, White Hole." by Istvan Orosz. He employs a monochromatic color scheme, very sketchy looking aesthetics, and plenty of almost acid-culture illusion moments when one scene transforms into a completely different and irrelevant scene.   

Last Day J.B. Wilson Narrative Project


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Last Day

Artists who use animation in their work

Artist: Segawa Thirty-seven
Animated GIF

Segawa Thirty-seven gives a modern take on traditional Japanese woodblock prints by introducing animation into them.

"Light Goes On"
Artist: Darren Pearson
Stop motion light painting
More videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/thedariustwin/videos

This video shows the possibilities of light as an art medium. Pearson uses an LED light pen to draw in the air while taking a long exposure photo. After that, the process is just like stop-motion animation.



Blame Your Brother is a group of 5 or 6 guys in Toronto that make animations for marketing ads and some television work, I think. I like the quality and feel of their vector animations. Some look very simple and flat. Others are quite complicated.

Shabello is a freelance designer from the UK. This whale animation https://dribbble.com/shots/2334240-Whalespin is a cool example of using 2D to look 3D. I also liked this video: https://vimeo.com/101325080 because of the animation of typography.

Adobe Flash Bone Tool Basics

Import Photoshop and Illustrator Files into Flash CS6

Monday, November 2, 2015

Learning FLASH

FLASH Tutorial

In addition to exercises and in class discussions, you can go over these exercises at home.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Carlo Chandler- Finished Animated GIF

"Robot Limping Downtown"

Here is the finished version of my GIF. I decided to move the figure across the background instead of the other way around because I would have had to make a looping background, which would be difficult with this photo. I think it looks jerky because when I was cutting out frames to simplify it, I cut out some important poses.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Working with Video in Flash CS5 003 - Rotoscoping

GIF -- Collin Ensz

I took these sequenced pictures, then aligned them in Photoshop. For the blackbird, I then moved the frames to track it's flight down, then moved back up to show "another" bird. For the ducks, I combined the first and last frames to try to make it look continuous.

Animted GIF in progress

I chose to combine frames from a video with a still image. I was having trouble aligning the figure so that it walks naturally, so I decided to move the background and keep the figure static. I'm still working on this.

Brett Parrott Digital Studio GIF project

"Spirit hand." Brett Parrott. This particular project took me quite some time to understand how to animate in photoshop but once i managed to overcome the initial hurdles it proved to be quite simple to use. I took several photos of my hand and edited them in photoshop before arranging them as frames.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Brett Parrott Digital studio practice GIF

"Wiggly star." my GIF experiment

Collin Ensz, practice GIF

Practice GIF

This was made from a series of photos taken while in a car going down the highway. I used Auto-align in Photoshop and it produced this effect.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Water & Mow Cycle - Collin Ensz

This piece is designed to make people think about wasteful use of water. It is set at Cheney State Park, which is fitting as a water source for Wichita as well as a public place where people will have opportunity to view the work. It would spin to suggest the mower moves around watering the grass behind it, which continually grows, making the mowing and watering never ending. I had originally been working with a spiral shape, but used a ring instead since it fits the idea of a cycle better.
The city of Wichita or the State Park system may both have an interest in funding this piece.

Proj.5-Corporate Green - Carlo Chandler

We as a society are so used to having pure water on demand that we don't realize the actual cost of it. Water is subsidized by the government, but if we factored in all the pollution and waste of water that is caused by industry, agriculture, and everyday citizens, then the real cost of water would be exceedingly high. Therefore, I wanted to make water misuse into a tangible narrative sculpture that would make people realize just how precarious our future is.

The sculpture would be a functioning water source, so people would receive the message by interacting with it.

I created the artwork in Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape, but I had problems when switching between the two programs, so I probably will avoid using Inkscape again. I also used Photoshop to create the stone texture.

I decided to include the real life corporation American Water because it is one of the largest providers of drinking water in the US and also performs wastewater treatment. This sculpture would probably be funded by a government grant for the arts. I don't expect that American Water would want to fund this because it doesn't portray them in a flattering way.

Adobe photoshop cs6/CC - how to make an animated gif

Brett Parrott Digital Studio- Corporate Green finished proposal

Brett Parrott "Tears From the Man in the Moon." Adobe illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Paint.net.
This project required us to not only work in groups but to also create a proposal for an environmental art piece that would draw attention to an issue in our present world. My group chose to focus on the topic of Oceanic trash and Satellite debris. This piece connects the two by having the man in the moon standing atop a small pile of trash and having his tears form the water of the fountain. The Sputnik satellite dangles in front of his head, symbolizing the debris that is in orbit around the earth.
I mostly used Illustrator for this project, and found myself able to utilize its 3D features with relative ease. I touched up the final design with photoshop and then added some last details with paint.net. All in all this project made me ask plenty of questions about the content of my piece, its design, and how both of those relate to the environmental issue we chose to focus on. The main body of the piece would be constructed out of painted recycled plastic. The piece could be funded by an environmental art fundraiser.
For this project, we worked as a group to brainstorm ideas mainly about environmental issues and our group decided on water misuse/overuse. Then we each made a proposal and finally we picked a location for the artwork which was Cheney Lake. I personally like to work by myself. As for group work, I think it is good to get together and talk about ideas or topics. If we want to narrow down and decide on one thing, then it’s a little hard because maybe every person has their own thought on what they want to work on. 

After Effects - short version

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Brett Parrott Corporate Green journal- working in a group

During this project we were required to collaborate at least on some level with multiple people in order to produce an artistic proposal. First we listed several different issues or topics that we would like to relate our piece to. Then we selected the topic of Oceanic trash and Satellite debris, and set to work on sketching concepts and selecting our location. We chose to have the location be on WSU's campus, but where we wanted them to be on campus was up to the individual members.

Working in a group is not something i am entirely used to, especially in regards to artistic endeavors. There were plenty of positives, namely the speed in which the topic was chosen and the choice of location. However, when I first began i had to learn not to just select whatever topic i thought was best and then start emphasizing on that before we had even chosen the topic as a group. All in all working in a group was interesting, and it definitely sped up the artistic process as a whole.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Working in a group

For this project, we decided as a group what our broad topic would be and then what the best location for it would be. Each of us had ideas for the topic that would have worked. But we quickly decided to use the issue of water misuse/overuse. Then we decided on Cheney Lake for the location as a nearby water source.
Group projects can be good to work in if everybody has ideas and is willing to work together, or they can be aggravating when nobody can agree or some people don't care or contribute. In this case we discussed and decided everything fairly quickly and without difficulty. I suppose it would have been harder if we continued to do the whole project together since we would have had to split up responsibilities and agreed on more specific details.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Little King John, The Flood

These are a series of videos I've recently discovered and have been watching nonstop. It's slightly humorous, but mostly dramatic and extremely psychedelic, and the narrative that is unfolding is equally as strange. I'm still back and forth on making an animated feature, and maybe if I switch to 3D it can go a little faster.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Henry Rollins Death Dealer short Film


Digital Studio

Reminder Final Project 5 to be uploaded to the blogs prior to class on  Tuesday 10/27

Some art events include Empty Bowls Saturday 11 - 2 pm
First WSU SHIFTSPACE Student group meeting W 10/29 from 5:30 - 6 MK Atrium
Movie at SHIFTSPACE TH 10/30 Rob Zombie Lords of Salem 7 - 9
Final Friday - Grad Exhibition and Sculpture Guild Fundraiser @ SHIFTSPACE

Homework - Find or shoot two images to combine for double-exposure exercise: one photo of a portrait image and one landscape, cityscape, place/object etc.

Next HW: Images for GIF  - photo, series of photos, or preliminary drawing for animated.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Documentation of Working in a Group

As a group we decided on the issue of water usage and misuse. My idea was a narrative sculpture of a hypothetical future where water is scarce. We decided on Cheney Lake for the location because of its relevance as a water source for Wichita and because it is frequented by many people, which will increase our artwork's effectiveness.

One benefit of working in a group was that my design was influenced and enhanced by my teammate's ideas. Another benefit was that our background knowledge of the issue complemented each other, allowing us to address the issue more in-depth. There were also some challenges. I realized that you shouldn't put too much time into a proposal because the group may not decide to use your idea. However, we didn't have a problem choosing between different ideas; everyone was willing to work on the idea of the other.

Movie List- for Video, Sound & Performance

Top 10 Coen Brothers Movies

Top 10 Weird Movies

Top 10 David Lynch Movies

Film School Shorts on PBS

Film School Shorts - PBS

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Narrative Inspiration videos

Last Days

ThaiBinh's Narrative Proposal

Idea #1 - Memoirs of an Introvert - Being shy and having the courage to speak up is hard. There will be scenes of multiple shorts of situations where speaking up and meeting people as required of a task. Each person reacts differently to the same situation. This will be fun and entertaining and viewers will understand people create logic of their own.

Idea #2 - Conflict of Separation - Already troubled with parents, a person must have the guts to tell their parents that they will move for a better career path. The parents rely heavily on their child to run
a business or take care of  younger relatives. Scenes will unfold the tension the family will have according to the child's decision.

Idea #3 - REM's Hidden Meaning - A person has a reoccurring dream but couldn't make anything out of it. This person started to ask family and friends of it was out of the ordinary. Eventually the person runs into a shady cheap palm reader but is the only one that understood whats going on. They embark on a journey to help his dreams and have a better sleep.
Digital Media class will continue working out 3D proposals for Project 5 Corporate Green

You may continue your designs Using AI perspective grid to insert your object into it's environment (on a NEW Layer), then continue to create the surfaces and effects you would like to achieve using the Mesh tool and Effects.

If you would like to move to open source 3D Imaging programs you may also do that if you would like. We will not be covering these platforms in class however.

Some additional open source programs include:

Inkscape:  https://inkscape.org/en/
Blender:  https://inkscape.org/en/
Sketchup:  http://www.sketchup.com/?gclid=CKvckbyn0cgCFQQPaQodftQFCQ
Sculptris: http://pixologic.com/sculptris/

We will continue to work on these projects today and Thursday- and critique on Tuesday 10/27. Please have your work uploaded to the blog before class on Tuesday.

proposal sketch


Scary B Movie - The curse of the haunted book
A man finds a curious book at a coffee shop and cannot put it down. After attempting to dispose of it, the book continues to follow the man, until at last, the book murders the man. There will be a subplot with characters attempting to solve the mystery as a whodunnit, with the book ending up killing them also as the lights flicker out. The book resumes resting on the coffee shop bookshelf, waiting to be picked up by the next unsuspecting victim.

An animated short of the Haunted Book - Basically just a storyboard, very little animation, just a series of drawings to tell the story.

A mini-auto-documentary of the Life of Connor - filmed with the cameraphone, but documenting all the most exciting moments of my typical day. I will be playing a fictionalized version of myself, so I guess it's technically a mockumentary.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jibreel Wilson Narrative proposal ideas

Idea 1: "J.B. Van Saints Last Day" In my youth I watched an indie film inspired by the the last days of Kurt Cobain. It always intrigued me that the last actions he did before killing himself were so mundane. Aside from writing a suicide note his life resumed a mediocre routine. This prompted me to make a very similar narrative of my "last day," walking the viewer through a series of average events that will eventually lead to a death. This narrative will take place in a variety of settings that will show a bizarre death ritual that is personal and significant to the subject alone, highlighting the idea of what is truly sacred. Nothing is gained and nothing is lost but a journey still takes place is a narrative that I feel will stand the test of time.

Idea 2: Making ends: This would be more of a poem then a straight narrative, using only subtitles I tell the story of two lovers that are no longer in love. Something has clearly happened between them, whether it was adultery, distrust, or years of neglect will be for the viewer to decide. I will try to convey a conversation through facial expressions and body language alone. My goal is to illustrate a sexual tension that neither knows quiet what to do with or how to act on.

Idea 3: Werewolf of the flint hills. Mild mannered J.B. Wilson is a less than stellar specimen of a man. From years of rejection from woman and friends alike he has slowly taken up the mantel of a loner. One night as Mr. Wilson is strolling around his dark neighbor hood he is attacked by a rabid animal of some sort. The next day he is attracting the attention of  some of his female coworkers. He finds himself talking and acting smoother then he has in his entire life. He has become a sexy werewolf and when the clocks strikes twelve he will become a full blown animal in a way you might not expect.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


ThaiBinh's GIF Project

Water Usage Proposal Sketch

Carlo Chandler -Proj.5 Prelim sketch 1

Theme: Water usage and misuse
This is a water pump from a future where our water is almost used up and what is left is mostly polluted. The small text says, "We know that these days it's hard to find clean water-or any water for that matter. So enjoy this recycled refreshment, courtesy of American Water-#1 Provider of recycled water in 2057"

The location is Cheney Lake

water waste idea - Collin Ensz

Animated GIF examples

Brett Parrott Corporate green concept sketch

For our current project we were supposed to sketch the concept of our piece and provide a picture of our proposed location. The theme of this piece is oceanic trash and satellite debris around the earth. The piece is intended to be a fountain. 

This is my proposed location on WSU's campus, it is located west of the RSC, south of the new dorms, and north of McKnight. 

This is the first gift I've ever created his name is Thin Mint

Twitchy....Super Twitchy

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Environmental Artists

Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.

Agnes Denes is a Hungarian-born American conceptual artist based in New York. She is known for works in a wide range of media - from poetry and philosophy writings, to complex hand and computer rendered diagrams (which she terms Visual Philosophy), sculpture, and international environmental installations.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Environmental artists

Brandon Ballengée is an artist and biologist. He uses  his art and scientific interest and research together to make his work. Some of his most striking work are scans of deformed amphibians, chemically made transparent to show their structure.

Keith Barrett makes wooden sculptures uniquely designed to fit in the landscape he puts them in to make a statement about our relationship to our environments.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Make An Animated Gif In Photoshop Using Cell Phone Videos

SyrIa Commentary project


In Response to JB

The Rising Tide - Europe Refugee CrisisYou've probably seen lots of footage on the news of refugees arriving in Greece by boat, but you've probably not seen anything like this. You've heard lots of opinions about who they are or what they want, but you can see it firsthand in this video. These are the ones lying destitute on the road, and we must be the Good Samaritan. As team leader Dan Stephens shares, "We are the first faces they see when they land. Most of them have probably never met a Christian." It's our calling to show them the love of our Savior, and that is what many of you have helped us to do by your generous gifts. Learn, pray, and get involved here ▶http://bit.ly/1WNfyDO
Posted by Samaritan's Purse on Wednesday, October 7, 2015


A voice for the Refugees of Syria

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Carlo Chandler - Environmental Art

The topic I am focusing on is plastic ocean gyres. These gyres pose a serious threat to the ecosystem because they're dangerous to wildlife and interfere with production of oxygen by phytoplankton, both of which we depend on. Here are some examples of artists who have addressed the problem:

Claudio Garzón

 Garzón creates sculptures made from plastic debris found on the beach. He also teaches children how to make these and at the same time teaches them about ocean conservation. Therefore, his way of addressing the problem is by using art to bring awareness and to educate.

Works from the exhibition "Gyre: The Plastic Ocean"

In this example, 26 artists participated in an exhibition that showcased artworks made from ocean plastic. The plastic was collected from scientific expeditions  studying marine debris around the world. This project shows artists and scientists working together to document and bring awareness to an environmental problem.

Brett Parrott Topics for corporate green

For the next project in Digital studio, we must find and choose from several environmental causes to support and create and artistic proposal for them. 
These are the two topics that i would like to focus on the most.

I. The meat industry and how much it pollutes the environment 
This video shows drone footage of an actual pork farm as well as its effects upon the surrounding community. 
II. Lack of pollution laws and regulations in china 
While i do not entirely enjoy the narrator's sarcastic attitude, all of the things presented are real and happening everyday in China due to their general lack of pollution regulations. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

self portrait

I use pen tool to trace the original image and add color and highlight.

Collin Ensz – illustrated portrait

Monday, October 5, 2015

Carlo Chandler - Project 4: Self Portrait

For my self portrait I decided to caricature myself. The geometric simplification of the face is influenced by the portrait artists that I posted earlier. I really enjoy cartooning and caricatures, so I had a lot of fun with this project.
Project 4

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brett Parrott: Digital portrait

Brett Parrott "Witness the Divine." Adobe illustrator. This project required us to create some kind of self portrait utilizing illustrator. This piece represents all of the elements of both the natural and spiritual world that I find to be the most intriguing and powerful as well as the divine power that exists within us all. The piece depicts a powerful deity displaying its true form in all of its glory as the sea rages in response. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Socio-political project proposals

I'll be using this project to analyze Donald Trump, and the absolutely bonkers things he says and does. This also relates to the general "fuck you, got mine" attitude that he exudes and is demonstrated by some of his more vocal followers as well.
1. A short, animated cartoon about Donald Trump as president.
2. A live action segment of the same scenario.
3. A montage of clips taken from his speeches that are entirely taken out of context and switched around to make it seem like he's saying other things.

I'm leaning towards one and three, there are a lot of great possibilities there.