Final Edit of Animation


first edit of our video

Here is the first edit of our video, We felt the next steps to improve for the final hand in is to add the shapes, but most importantly make sure it matches the audio exactly, as we feel an important part of the brief is to make sure our animation responds to the music. We also feel that we need to make sure the shapes blend with the background and gives depth to the video, not looking as if there is a harsh shape directly on top of our ink and water animation.






The above footage shows our first experiment with dropping ink in water. Gwen and I took turns on who’s role it was to drop in the ink and shooting, We found that during our experiments that the different coloured inks ‘sat’ in the water differently.
Therefore we had to find a palette that not only worked aesthetically but sat in the water in a way that worked while shooting. The black tended to feel a bit thicker and once in the water change to a dark purple and keep its shape for longer creating interesting shapes.
The other colours we chose dispersed more quickly.




I also felt that i wanted to create another layer to the video ( in where it suited best) I used marbling inks as these would sit on the surface of the water rather than sinking and can create more defined shapes. I feel this experiment was successful and will add greater depth to the footage when it’s layered in.

Field – Brief and initial ideas

The Brief: 

Techniques might involve but are not limited to:


Stopframe Animation


2D Rostrum based animation


Computer generated visuals

Light Painting



Practical elements of this course will include induction into animation and editing workshops, and a site specific presentation.


Feedback and group tutorials will analyse outcomes and uncover options to take this field of study further.


You will be involved in a discussion on the possibility of arranging an external performance of the collated films and where best to place it for international viewing.



Module aims


Skills: · To foster a culture of experimentation and exploration among Level 5 students. · To foster a culture of negotiation, autonomy and self-motivation;

Context: · To encourage you to re-contextualise and synthesise ideas drawn from experiences beyond the confines of your Subject discipline; · To develop a clearer sense of trans-disciplinarity

Ideas: · To foster a trans-disciplinary approach to your work in Level 5; · To encourage you to bring diverse experience to your conversations about research and practice;




The overarching theme of this project is to encourage you to create a response to given musical inspiration through exploration on visual motifs movement and colour. Attention will be paid to expanding on a variety of mediums and processes that might be under developed and in so challenge the perspective of your own discipline.






My initial Ideas:

I feel that as the project is to create an animation responding to our clients music,  I should really consider what visual motifs i’m using and how successfully I can link them to the audio.

I like the idea of using geometric shapes and changing the speed and complexity of the shapes depending on the sound of the music in that specific section ( slow sections to be simpler shapes and fast/busy sections of music to have more complex shapes )

I’m also inspired by :

Stan Brakhage – The Dante Quartet

I like how painterly and soft The Dante Quartet is due to its use of colours and layering, You can also photographs which the paint has been layered on top of.

I’m considering exploring something similar to this such as exploring combining my shape ide with a painterly background – maybe using some watercolours or inks.


Stan Brakhage – The Dante Quartet

James Stanley Brakhage, most commonly known as Stan Brakhage was an American non-narrative film maker. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in the 20th century experimental film. Over the course of five decades Brakhage created a large and diverse body of work exploring a range of formats.


The Dante Quartet (video link above) is an experimental short film which was completed in 1987. It involved painting directly onto film and took over six years to produce.


I love the painterly effect of this animation and i like the visual of being able to see trough the layers to reveal something else. This is something i’d like to possibly explore in my animation work.

Athletes of the Heart: First Day

During the first day of the field module: Athletes of the Heart, We watched Inspiring presentations, read the brief and met Daniel Soley whom is a composer and client for this project. We also had a challenge, We listened to Daniel soley’s piece ‘Socialite’ a few times and was asked to use a selection of materials such as: card,wire,plasticine, lego, lights, straws and much more to create something responding to the music.  In the above images you can see the work my fellow students and staff which they created from the challenge.

Here is what I created:


When starting this challenge I found it difficult to start with as this is not the way i work usually, I soon got over the hurdle of the unfamiliar and began working with coloured paper, wire and glue. My inspiration for this was that when talking to Daniel Soley he explained when  creating his piece of music he made it so there was a ‘hard left and hard right’ to the audio and no in between, he also explained how theres part A to the music and Part B with a bridge. While listening to it I felt that the start was very smooth and soft and then it transitions into a more sharp/manic/loud section. I decided to make one strip smooth and purposely tore the paper so it had a softer edge, Next I made another strip folded in multiple places with pieces of wire coming through. I also made something to represent the bridge between part A and part B of the music which combined the techniques used in the two previous strips.

Overall I found today inspiring and the challenge helped me get out of my comfort zone and start thinking more abstractly for this project.