Narrative and Film

The following are a list of resources regarding Project 2

For Wednesday, 9/30, read On Defining Visual Narratives

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

Alfred Hitchcock – Content versus Technique

Editing Time and Space in Satoshi Kon’s animated films

2001: A Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick – Jump to 11:42 to rewatch what we talked about in class on Monday 9/28


Look Down

Photographer Sebastian Erras took some photos of floor designs around Paris. There are some pretty captivating designs that shows that art is found everywhere, not just museums and monuments.

Coffee Art

Whenever I think about coffee art, I always think about the pictures people make from the foam on top of their coffee. However, Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andrew Saur create a different twist on the words “coffee art”. After processing, they actually use coffee beans to create a different technique to paint with art.

I think it’s just really interesting that they used a different medium (coffee beans) in order to reinvent an already well-established art style (painting).

Signs Revisited

On the heels of project 1.2…

I found these sign quite funny! The pairing of unexpected text with familiar visual tropes–as well as the manipulation of those visual tropes–creates an entirely new and meme-like experience.  After we spent so much time in class discussing how signs can be interpreted, I thought this was especially relevant (and entertaining).

Telling a “Human” Story: Human Shadow Theatre on Britain’s Got Talent

A couple weeks ago, I posted images of human art.  Attraction, a human shadow theatre group, takes the concept of human art to another level.  With mere shadows, they tell a moving story in a unique and almost mystic-like manner.   I’m in awe of their precision and their total trust in one another to make the shape.  That’s true one team spirit!

This video also ties into our Project 2 because in a very “show don’t tell” manner, it creates a story with a very distinct timeline that could be sketched as a storyboard with five images (i.e. birth, graduation, meeting the girl, finding his mother is sick, and saying goodbye and also hello to his own child).  It was easy to follow and very powerful.   I think Simon started crying.  I know.  Epic.

Attraction ended up winning the 2013 Britain’s Got Talent competition.  There are other videos of them, but I like this one.  Their audition video is also very good.

A man makes guacamole using non food items. A really cool stop motion film that, if you haven’t seen, you should.

PES made quite a few videos like these, and along with being cool to watch, challenge our perception of ordinary objects.