Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Second Video Sketch

Thursday, September 8, 2011

first video sketch

Yesterday, we screened our first "sketches" in video class. The directions for this project asked us to "concentrate on the materiality of color, composition, framing, texture..." rather than using characters and language. We were also to make this all in-camera, without edits (other than pausing the recording, re-recording, etc.).

For the semester, I have a Canon XH A1 checked out. The following video is one of several takes, no edits.

We will be using Final Cut Pro in class, but I was able to capture this video with dvgrab, then add some fades and render it as an Mpeg with Kdenlive (Kdenlive's capture function seems to be buggy - I could control the camera transport from the computer, but not import video. After searching around, I saw that I could just go into the terminal and use dvgrab - so easy. Go Linux!)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

new school year

Ok, I'm nearing the end of the second week of the new school year, and figured I should update a little.

My assistantship is a lot busier this time around. I am a TA for Music Theory 3 - teaching 3 lab sessions a week, plus grading lots of homework and quizzes for 55 students. I managed to work my schedule so that I have Thursdays "off" (aka - time to WORK). I also took over as SCI chapter president, so I'll be in charge of concerts, etc.

Taking a video production/film theory class + a seminar on "dissonance, cacophany, & noise." These are both VERY interesting so far! Finishing up Tether (decided to give up on the soldered board for now since I can't suss out the ground loops I keep getting), and starting to write my flute/guitar piece.

Some sad news: Carla Rees, for whom I wrote "Simoom," lost her flat, her cats, her custom flutes, and many other possessions in the London riots last month. Please consider donating to her recovery fund here.