Day 10,11 ‘Don’t despair!’

I’m so sorry, I have been unable to write these past days. Caught up with all sorts of mayhem but I wanted to leave this for all those in need of some inspiration and good will. ‘Don’t despair!’

I will try to keep you posted this week. But its a tough one for me. Hopefully everything will be fine soon.

Based on the most inspirational speeches ever made:

in memory of all the innocent people that die in vain!

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Day 9 Live in the moment

Today I started pushing forward some of my ideas that I am going to present for my final MA thesis. It is a scary move to do, but I am hoping for the best. It is a journey that I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I look forward to getting this work done and doing my best to create something meaningful and full of good lessons for me to digest and process. After that I don’t know what my life will hold!

I am trying to understand and appreciate all the beautiful skies that are still here for me to enjoy. I have made such great friends and I can’t bear the fact that it will soon be over. I am so grateful for having had a blast time here!

Anyways I’m leaving with this today! Nothing that conceptual but rather a touch of my life and some happiness, that I find within all this work.

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Birthday Vibes hehe

Day 4 the idea

‘Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.’

Lincoln Steffens

The narrative that I am currently exploring is emerged within the development of a character that is finding struggles within the inner self. The  idea behind this narrative is about how this struggle will take this character into places and with some perseverance and obstacles a long the way he will define and transform into realizing the definition and permanence of being in this world.

A very brief synopsis but to some extent this character is still an unfinished development and I am still letting my thoughts breath within this brainstorming.

The visual attempt to this approach is one that is mostly taken within hybrid formation of different media and development. In this manner I would be allowing the definition and understanding of these chaotic thoughts to have their freedom and expressive freedom.

Perseverance will make this happen.



Day 2 Where it all started


‘Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle’

Robert Anthony


Looking back to where it all started one should be startled to realize that we all came from one foundation. Today I came across something an artifact that has been part of my past. Although it might not connote anything for some individuals, I believe that looking back into any past, one can trace and understand the essence and presence of being this present individuality.

There is a moment in this film, where you forget that its a movie and you get mesmerized within the wonders that lie within the french caves. Away and still these images narrate something more profound than any technological advancement in this current world. Although only through film one is able to perceive this beauty, one come to terms to realize that the most profound wonders lie within the simplicity of our hearts.

To this I was drawn to look and develop something that meant and created a meaningful venture within this development. Although I clueless immersed myself into this, I started to acknowledge powerful synergies within these paintings.

Synergies that took me back to my past. Where all I saw was magnified with my own perception. The funny thing is that I still find myself that same crazy kid from the inside despite the physical growth that I have undergone.

In this way is everything we do in life has a certain permanence to its unfolding?

Is it something that can never disappear or it is bound to be forgotten to the instance we think about doing it?

Off to continue now.

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BFX 2016 Martial the Art of VFX

BFX Workshop has allowed me to look within the different pipeline stages that film production takes place in. From quick Kun Fu Live Sketches under the supervision of  Paul Hilton, we were able to come up with a sequence that provided a good basis for our film production. On set we were able to assist the filming team, and look into ways the production could successfully compose a good green screen for the post production session. The Masterclass moved on with some NUKE compositing done with the help of Jon Turner.


09 ENIGMA Film Production

The video Enigma is a work that documents and narrates an experience that is made up of multilevel degrees of contrasting parallels. Such a narration finds its roots and initiation in a static apparition of an ash tree that is placed, repeated several times within the same shoot. The viewer has no idea what is going to happen and thus the apparition of the opulent eye stands as a contrasting undertone that is quickly disturbed by the denser tree shoot that marks a significant contrast with the light tone trees exposed in the initial entry shoot. The eye stands as a blinking transition to the following development.
Although the viewer has no vacant notion of what the whole thing is about, the music directs the focus towards an internal part of a persona. The ambience upon which such a person is reliant and finding itself in does not seem to confine well, thus the round motion brings out an ideology of disorientation. The swinging and roundness found in shapes becomes denser and more constant as the film moves further. This elemental quality allows the viewer to become increasingly anxious and still unaware of what will happen further on to the next sequential shoots.
Time finds no sense of functionality as the sequence is pushed back and forth. Motion has no sense of space and is directed into revolving sequential narrative that makes the viewer think and sink deeper into the allegory that is found within such a persona. The only calming parallel that is seen within such a chaotic environment is the hands and the gestures that the persona is capable to establish.
This establishing shoot makes an initiation to more subtle shoots that eventually become increasingly effective through the development of such a narrative. The elemental quality of water and focus stands as a significant part of the development which tries to resolve the pre sequential environment that previously did not elude a sense of belonging. The environment is deeply evaluated and the following shoots bring out a new tonal element for this concept video. The inner qualities of different anatomical features that are distributed within different shoots bring out the inner formations that are of awakening for the persona within the narrative.
The saturated tonal values, allow the viewer to acknowledge the layered tones that such hues distribute to the elemental meaning of the shoots presented. The silhouette effect found within sheds an increasingly significant outline for such tonal shade. The persona within such a shoot finds a constructive freedom that is still undermined with the situation that it is facing. The oppressive yet playful act of bringing out geometric forms makes the whole thing interesting to value and keep in mind.
Although the narrative moves into a development that resolves into something of more aesthetical value to it one is able to still question the purposes of such a formation. The persona is the only motivator that can control the passage of time. A sudden glimpse of the subject takes motion and we are able to get into the inner physicality of this perspective. Movement follows a sequence that is recurrent from one stage to the next of the narrative.
Time starts to follow an increasing pace that allows the viewer to move into another stage of the narration. The sudden and drastic formation of such shoots make the viewer feel uneasy and unable to establish sense from the narrative that he is unconsciously trying to solve. Yet like before the faithful hand and the small beads stand as a relevance of such turmoil. The change in angle shoot brings out a significant understanding of such a narration.
Although everything stands as over passing and chaotic for the viewer the narrative finds tranquillity in this mayhem, that is phased in through taking the perspective of the camera shoot. The subtle light and opening up of doors and windows make the viewer anxious to know the purposes of such a development. Moving into light or into darkness?
The dragging waves that stand on the sea bed, let the viewer wonder the existentiality of such a scenario. Where has the persona vanished? The eye is foreshadowed again, and one can see that the inner sense of such a situation brought out an acknowledgement of something. Time and space are never as straight forward as one would appreciate to be.
But such a narrative allows the viewer to understand that life is a series of confusion and there is no sense of mundanely in its relevance. The depth of such images will always remain a mysterious allegory that only the voice within can shed an honest understanding of all the chaos presented.

08 ILFORD Documentary Promo


During this week Promo, I have been part of the Ilford group footage media team. Being on Camera Sony Camcorder HD, Canon 650D and briefly on sound, I have been able to understand all the principalities that lie within production and lightning effect.

In this film production I have been able to work close with a persona that has a great deal of knowledge with photography and the process development of darkroom printing. Although I have been in contact with such a skill, I have increasingly immersed myself in the concept during such a filming experience. One of the increasingly impressive phrases that Steve Macleod has commented about was that of being consistent in the work that you set up to do whatever the field that you work on. Together with this he commented on the essentially of being able to communicate with the audience that you are set out to work with. Communication and constant work summary is one beneficial area that even through our documentary set up and filming was one crucial aspect that we followed in high standard.
The initial start of such footage was in fact good thinking and analytically understanding of the environment that we were set to work upon. From weeks ahead of this footage we have been increasing our focus in attaining and understanding the different media outlines that has enabled us to come up with such an outcome.
One of the significant points that we outlined clearly was that of establishing the environment that we are working in and the sound effect within such an environment. Having had demolishing for couple of days prior our footage has been of an increasingly stressful outlines that we have been working on in order to find a way how to deal with such an affective aspect. Together with this we had to establish a clean and a balanced out environment upon which we could have resolved the aspect of red lights and low darkroom light.
Light Set Up
The setup of the dark room was in fact one that had to be well set up in order to bring out a clear and a tangible crisp effect of the cameras operated. To do so we have worked with 3 set LED panels together with red gel filters in order to compensate for the noise produced in low light by cameras. Different scenes had to be set up in low safe light in order to get the actual developed paper processed together with this, we had to come up with the same footage but with lighter thus LED lit set up that allowed to compensate some light within the scene to make the footage in better light environment, thus reducing all the noise.
Sound Set Up
One other problem that we had to work on was that of sound and focusing on getting a good media recording output that has of an increasing significance in the final documentary produced. To do so we have come up with a three point system being that from Camera HD Sony Camcorder an output boom and a portable boom, together with the mark 3 Canon 5D inbuilt sound recorder. Having such a system we could understand and analysis the different levels that the persona’s pitch had and worked on establishing a balanced out formation.

Technical Problems
One of the technical problems that we initially faced was that of white light. The vibrant and harsh contrast that the shadow casted on to the protagonist was one that we tackled through the employment of inverse square law; by distancing further the light we had the ability to balance out a scene that eventually helped for further clarity in the scene as whole. Due to the fact that filter gels were placed on top on the LED panels, after long takes and footage the Gafa tape started to loose contact and thus we had to change all the materials in order to have no leaking white light during a safe red-light footage, which might affect the consistency that we sought to achieve during these days of filming.
Due to noise and out of focus technicalities that we had with the HD Sony Camcorder, we have been able to find a solution with the mark3 Canon 5D that has enabled us to film within such lightning conditions. Different positive technicalities that different cameras and lenses attain were all used in positive ways in order to have a great understanding and an outstanding result of the whole filming experience with Steve Macleod  Photography sessions.

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Images by Keith Media WWI FILM School
Footage and Backing up
One of the technical consistencies that we worked on was that of taking footage and replacing SD cards after a small amount of takes. In doing so we have been able to understand the technical problems and if there were any we could have resolved the whole thing instantly. This process has been an increasingly helpful thing, as we were able to see our development together with the building up of work that we evaluated as a whole group after footage sessions.
Communication for Steven Mcleod with a client has been one of the most significant aspects that enabled us to understand and comprehend well the need and the purposes of such a film.

One of the most significant outcomes that such a work shop has enabled me to understand is the technical principalities that lie within different parts that make up the whole idea of film production. The hands on experience has made me understand how deeply and clearly things are placed and integrated in connection to each other in order to establish and bring out such a positive and insightful film production. The different lightning techniques together with different experiments that we worked on in the past workshops has been an increasingly significant input that enabled such a positive video production. Although, Steve Macleod has talked within the area of photography, the qualities of production that he was talking about mark an increasingly insight in the field of video production.
The idea of time, patience, communication, understanding and working hard, are key points that I have been able to extract and keep a reminder in whatever I work on in life.

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