March 29, 2009

48-Hour Video Race "Prop" Spring 2009

And the mystery prop is . . .

. . . actually a line from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The line is:


If you wish to use the audio file, download it by CLICKING HERE

OR . . . you may represent the line through text that we see OR . . . have some one say the line in your film OR . . . the possibilities are endless - so long as the line appears or is heard or sung or whatever ~ somewhere ~ in your 1-minute film.

Don't feel obligated to reference the film, in any way beyond the quote, itself. Your interpretation of the line can take on a life of its own.

And Finally, don't forget to also incorporate a cheese sandwich somewhere in your film, as well - in the spirit of the Cheese Sandwich Film Festival.

March 19, 2009

Your Teacher and Trusted Leader in the Sixbyoniverse

YES YOU CAN . . . check out the article about the AP photograph of Obama appropriated by artist, Shepard Fairey.

January 10, 2009

Week 14, 15 and Beyond

This Spring, the mothership blog will be on hiatus (while the Silvas focus on their brand-spanking-new minature Silva) but there are a new crop of student links (to the right) setting off on the 6x1 journey. Above is a picture of last semester's year end blow-out screening/installation experiemental-stravaganzah at Jengo's playhouse. Everyone was very cold but had lots of fun - in part due to the really great final projects and in part due to the endless cans of free Rockstar Energy drink donated by Cucalorus. The event featured work from the 302 Experimental Film class, 6x1, 2D Animation and the 302 Documentary class.

6x1 offered a crop of 48-hour video race featuring as the mystery prop . . .

. . . a cookie cutter.

November 10, 2008

Week 13: Sixbyonalorus

This week, we're having class at Cucalorus 14 - for 4 days!

November 9, 2008

Week 12: 3D Workshop

Get out yer 3D Glasses!!!

Above is one of the four 3D flicks made during our 3D film workshop.

For the workshop, we set two Panasonic DVX mini-dv cameras side by side - one camera served as "right eye" and the other as "left eye," - at identical focal lengths. Then, we synced up the footage from both tapes and composited the two "eyes" in After Effects.

Another part of the workshop included creating 3D glasses. Below is the Fall 2009 Class posing with their 3D Glasses.

November 1, 2008

Week 11: Making a Film without the Ususal Suspects

For the 48-hour video race (our final assignment), we will explore the many possibilites of creating films/videos without a film or video camera.

So besides working the "mystery prop" into a 1-3-minute film, we'll need to figure out how to do it without the obvious technology.

This still leaves us with: cell phones, web-cams, digital still cameras (with or without movie mode), rayograms, pinhole shoebox cameras, computer animation, copy machines and of course, their grand-children image scanners. Are silly puddy flipbooks too far out or physically impossible? Jamie suggested a zoetrope and why not? Is there anything I left out?

We've also talked, in the past two weeks about considering the technolgy of choice within the context of concept. For example, consider the warped scanned image of the rubber duck, below:

Our mystery prop, in this case could be a rubber duck, and we're creating a story about the duck living in a universe, where suddenly all the molecules have a war and things start to melt. So we're not just using the scanned images because they look cool, but because it best communicates the story or concept. Incidentally, the warped image was created using only the scanner and by dragging the duck while the scanning progressed.

Oh, and just as a reference point, here's what the duck looked like, before all hell broke loose.