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This is my old Emily Carr website. They use to host it for about 5 years after I graduated (and almost 10 years after I created it).
Now they've finally dropped it so I'm reposting my copy here but that means some URL/links maybe broken. Sorry. Please email me if a link is broken that you want. It probably still exists so let me know and I'll fix it. I'll probably setup a better CMS here in the future so all this will be easier to use.
self portrait: our enemies, ourselves - 2001 screenprint
AHIS 325 Cinema and the City
AHIS 333 COPYeBOOK PROJECT
ANIMATION 209 2ND PROJECT FLASH MOVIE:
Tour de France Kraftwerk Inspired:
- Tour de France Flash Animation - play or download [750kb]
- The music is a Kraftwerk, Tour de France Remix by 'Basskraft' called 'Dr.Kevorkian Remix,' which I furthur edited [badly] to be almost exactly 30 seconds. The whole thing is a kind of loop as you can see the first frame is nearly the same as the last frame. The concept is about bicycles [surprise!] and cycles of motion and chains. I really like bike chain. It is the most complicated part of a bicycle in terms of having the most seperate moving parts. It is very simple and it is just made up of tiny links. It is the heart of what drives the bike - the soul of mechanical transmission. The many cyclists all the same almost riding together obviously become the chain and it is about interconnectedness. You'll notice that none of the bikes have any chain until at the very end, the concept being something about people being the real chain - community - love - solidarity... blah blah another angle on the same message.
- Most of my work was actually making the tiny links fit together and drawing them into Flash[$]. Fitting anything, especially Arte, into a computer is extremely time consuming. I don't like the "digital medium" a.k.a. sitting in an office chair [at best] staring at a TV click click clicking with your finger repeatedly until your brain oozes out your ears. I handed this thing in late and even then I was unable to have it match my plans except in the most minimal way.
- This is my final project in this class. It doesn't play properly on any computer because the graphics are too complicated so the sound gets out of synch. It is supposed to only last 30 seconds but the music runs out before the slowed down graphics unless you have an amazingly fast machine to view with. I learned how to use flash on this project. Unfortunately the assignment was to make a storyboard and then stick too it - even if I realised later that flash works better if you do things in other ways. So anyway, that is why things are so akward.
- It should have had all the chainlinks say different words instead of always 'RUSL'. I was planning on putting names of my many friends the bicycle luminaries on parts and bits everywhere. I only suceeded in putting Ted Beuhler's name on the Derailleur... Anyways the rest of you Critical Mass riders you know your name belongs there too. It should have had pedals and a crank on every bike but just pretend that fits the chain missing at the beginning metaphor idea I mentioned earlier. I would have shown more of the chains but I had to stick to that dumb storyboard. The background colour looked a lot more blue in shade when I saved it on the school computer compared to when I viewed it on my home computer.
- Here are some rough Flash files showing only just the various chains which If you enjoy watching chains move you might like for strange computer portrayal of that chain motion:
Side of Chain anti-pepsi music by Negativland Top of Chains Three Quarter View Chain Dissassembling
Just the Bike and Rider
with pedal guide
Top Roller Chain
attempt a chain as it rounds the chainring
Mixed-Up 3/4 View and Perspective Even more rough files in directory rusl-flash/
ANIMATION 209 FIRST PROJECT:
Where am I?:
- Where am I: Download and Play in Both Directions
- For this project we had to use Adobe Photoshop[$] and Premiere [$] to create a short 10 second composition. Mine is one minute long. It is intended to be viewed as an interactive motion picture toy rather than a passive TV watching experience. Therefore, you must download the entire Quicktime[$] format movie RUSL-whereami.mov to your computer. It is about 110 Megabytes so it will take a good 5 minutes to download even with a fast modem and take ages and ages with a phone line connection. You may want to Right click or ctrl click and save the link/target file to your computer directly.
My intentions in making this piece were somewhat muddled and mostly determined by the parameters of the school assignment. I will leave the interpretation of meaning up to the viewer but do remember to look at it more than once and to play with the 'slider' bar of the movie viewer so that you can explore it more completely.
Where am I is about disorientation and technology, I constructed it based on the poem, read by Nikki Giovanni, and featured on the 2001 GASCD album. The album features a bunch of great songs and spoken word about the resistance to corporate globalisation that took place during the Anti-FTAA protests in Quebec City, April 2001. I attended with Jane, riding with the Bikesheviks Velorutionaire [organised by the Right to Move/La Voie Libre, Montreal] and we got more than enough toxic teargas for one lifetime.
The music is from Audio Dregs Fork Ends Compilation.
The pictures used are: text from Ashley's typewriter, random legal nonsense fineprint, my old video card and my old modem, old perforated computer paper, a wooden dinosaur model construction sheet set, EXPO Ernie 86, pages from my great grandfather John Robert Kellett Sr.'s journal written at sea featuring his ideas on life and women.
The main features of Premiere[$] I used were transparency and motion paths plus lots of levels.
AN ABRACAD BRA [GOOD] ANIMATION:
Strindberg and Helium:
- Strindberg+Helium: in Absinthe and Women
- There are four Strindberg+Helium animations on this website. Stringberg is a depressed 19th Century Philosopher with scary eyes. Helium is an upbeat pink balloon character with a squeaky helium voice who repeats what Stringberg says. The animation is meant to be funny. The flash animation is set in the middle of a black screen page with a scrawling handwritten font.
- The animation relies on clever dialogue and minimal motion to support the characters. The characters are drawn very expressively but don't have too move much. In later animations there are more special effects such as text and changing scenery or camera angles which make the motion more exciting. The first however shows only the bar and Strindberg's reflection staring back to him from his cup of absinthe.The techinques are very simple but supurbly executed. Timing is central to this short animation, as it is with all comedy. The overall design has drawings and scenery that are dark, brooding and reflect the sombre character of Stringberg. As the animations are so short very slight images play a big role. Even the ornate timepeice, lamp and furniture in the opening graphic [above] help to set the scene. Helium is drawn by the computer with very bright clean lines to furthur highlight the juxtaposition of the characters.
I found this piece very engaging because of the humour mostly and the weird ornate 19th century imagery plays a role in keeping attention. I think overall the peice is very sucessful. However it is not deep enough for the play to be longer and upon repeated viewing the film becomes less interesting. But it is definately the kind of animation you would email to your friends because it is so cute and bizarrely funny.
ANIMATIONAL RESOURCICAL :
I think this is a useful page of animations from Milky Elephant - who also made the Strindberg and Helium and has a really cool website home page. Mumbleboy is a prolific artist of web animations. His style is intensely psychedelic with music. Everything seems to be very simply designed in flash using geometric shapes and bright colours. The later animations are better than the first ones. Mumbleboy is a useful website because it really seems to take advantage of the medium effectively. Some are interactive animations.
nfbwebworksThe National Film Board of Canada also has a useful website. There don't seem to be a lot of web based animations but several in the Webworks section is good. There are a few other animations here and there such as Wade Hemsworth's classic logdrivers waltz though it is very low-res. There are also a lot of resources on how to make a film via this public agency which I hope might be useful to an animation student eventually.
- webpage ovf martin rose
- bikesexual webserver links
- bigfiles directory
- filerecoversoftware windoze
- rusl portfolio
- temp bikesexual.org files
- trip to europe in 2003 blog
- example navigation menu page code for ANIM 209
- radio show - the pedal revolutionary
- critical mass webpage
- chunk 666 webpage Portland
- superbad.com - simpler than animation
- shirley and spinoza streaming internet radio
- the onion - your source for news every week