Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hanna from Ghana

I once read a novel by a white reporter who is living in South Africa. It was about a fair haired little girl who was adopted by white South Africans who admired the Nazi regime. Some day they had to face that the little girl is Jewish, which caused that their behaviour turned against the girl. She from now on looked for friendship and support with the black people around.

However, this intro scene is not about this book, but about a story I have thought out myself, inspired by the book and people I know from Africa. The heroine of the story is a white girl growing up in a small village in Ghana.

You can see the hands of an adult woman starting to tell her story.

Steps for making an Artful Video

Get an idea and start planning!

First for any artwork production is the idea. You might already have one. If not you might know about various brain storming techniques. However, even then you need a start.

This can be a question, for example:

I want to show my artist friends something really awesome. What would impress them?

Often we got ideas from assignments a school provides.

You may follow the idea I provide here, which is to juxtapose the visual (photograph) to the audible (narration) in a video and to share this in the Internet.

Please note, this is not just about creating a video. You need this steps for any kind of artwork, although the term pre-production is normally used for the video production process.

When you got your idea, write it down. One sentence may be enough.

I want to make a photograph of white hands on a dark background and add the narration “I am Hanna from Ghana”.

Say something about the meaning you want to convey.

I want people wondering about the juxtaposition of the visual and the audible to make them think about their ideas from skin color and origin of a person.

(you may choose any other picture like the mouth of a bearded man sounding like a child and saying: I am Hans from a Grimm fairy tale. Or you show the back of a woman's head with braided hair saying in a man's voice “I am Jimmy from Pimp Town.” - Sorry for this, but art sometimes must be provocative to make people think.)

After this for visual ideas you should do any kind of sketch. For a video you might create a story board. For our purpose you can use any form you like. Look at my one frame story board.


You can do something similar for music and sound, like a time line or musical notation.

Now you have to explore what you need for your production. Compare it to what you have. Write it down. If you do not have what you need write down an alternative.

I need

I have
time, about 2 hours
I actually have two hours of time this Saturday.

I will take my own hands.

a dark background
I have a cardboard box I will use.

camera to shoot the picture or the hands
I ow one myself and will use it.
(You may lend devices.)

a microphone to make the narration
I do not have any microphone.
I have my zoom recording device and will use it for a microphone.
(You may have a microphone, which I recommend for a better quality, or you use your build in microphone.)

a software where I can make the narration with
I know I can add a narration to a video in the Movie Maker. I will use this option for my production which anyway results in a video.
(You may have to download it:
Click to get the Movie Maker
Or use any other software you know.)

a software where I can produce my video with, which is combining visual and audible and export this as a video

I will use the Windows Movie Maker.
a platform where I can share my video
I have heard tumblr is a good place to share. I will get an account there and share my video via this account.

Now go on and produce!

This will be the production part of your work. For the idea we are following here it will be just taking the picture you need. You can also see the narration as part of the production.

The following picture shows how you can shoot for example and eye of yourself. I have to mention that I can take single pictures with my video camera. You may have any other device and an appropriate tripod construction.

I also show you a picture that displays how I have set up my microphone which I have connected with an USB plug. You may have a microphone that uses a jack plug, which also can be connected to your computer.

Next I will show you how to load the picture to the Movie Maker, how to make the narration and how to export your work as a video you can share, which can be called the post-production.


Share your artwork!

The next video shows how to share your artwork on a tumblr blog. (Naturally you can use any other blogging page.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

@GIFaChrome or @mbransons and his Beastie Boys

My contribution to @GIFaChrome may be remembering what earlier participants of ds106 have done to prepare the ground for the headless course.

I've chosen a GIF which frame reminds me of the headless13 glitch Gifs.
The GIF has been created by Michael Branson Smith.
Michael also provided this frame for one of his numerous assignment ideas.

I just had to add some glitches.

 For this I used Photoshop filters and changed  the duration of some frames.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

All my clothes are colorful ...

This is the  first part of my headless final project, but the last part of the song 'All my clothes are Green' and it is a mashup video of a song and a dance video.

The translation of the text you are going to hear in the video is the following:

       Colorful... are all
        my clothes
       Colorful is all that I have
       So I love anything that's colourful
       because my love is a painter, a painter.

Considering that 'Green are all my clothes' has been written a long time ago, when the people were particularly attentive to be well and properly dressed, a modern dance scene is a great contrast.

The dance video is edited with a cartoon filter, which makes it more playful and gives it the right aesthetic appearance for my idea.
The song is part of the sound track of a music video.

Click here for the appropriate ds106 assignment idea.