Painting & Film – Week 5 & 6

As an animator you will have to know how the camera moves. In the understanding of camera movement, you get a better overview of what you are trying to accomplish with your animation. For these last couple of weeks we have been studying camera movements and the way it effects the audience’s perception of a piece of film.
The brief for the two weeks was to:-

  • Research, investigate, and interpret a painting
  • Demonstrate storyboarding skills
  • Convey thoughts and meaning through the use of cinematic language

For those that dont know what a storyboard is, here’s the wikipedia description; “Storyboards are graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of previsualizing a motion graphics or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity.” We had to do a 1 minute film with the painting, where we pan/zoom/cut/etc. between different areas of the painting. And through the camera movement portray the meaning of the painting.

When we got the brief, my initial idea was to do some painting to the song “Pictures” by System of a Down, though the fixation of this song would come back to haunt me. The song has a military feel to it. For that reason I looked for civil war-like painting, those old ones where theres tons of stuff going on. I my search for my painting, I came upon a painter that had the style that I was looking for; John Singleton Copley. After a lot of searching through paintings by John S. Copley, I finally found the proper painting;-

The Death of Major Peirson

As you can see the painting glorifies the death of Major Peirson. Major Peirson was a young british major that stood against a french invasion of Jersey, though in reality he died before the battle started and so John S. Copley plays with the truth to emphazise that Major Peirson’s death contributed to the defeat of the French.
Now if you hear the “Pictures” song and look at the picture, they dont actually fit together very well. I wanted to do something alternative, but this turned out to be too difficult. I worked on the storyboard for the film, with a lot of quick cuts/pans to fit with the song. In the storyboard process I realized that the song and the painting just didn’t fit together. Though I liked the painting, so I trashed the song.
The painting is really staged, like a scene in a theater play. This lead me to search in cinematic soundtracks, where I found a song from the film “300”. The song is “Immortals Battle” by Tyler Bates. The song has a nice glofying feel to it, which fitted perfectly with the painting. Further the song has a sudden change of pace, which I could use to portray the death of Major Peirson. Thats enough talk, now it time to show. Heres the pages from my polished storyboard:-

This is the final piece I handed in (Warning! There is sound on this video, just if you are a sound-sensitive enviroment):-


The copyright is reserved for the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries.
Though these two weeks projects have been a little painful because of the struggle with the music, is has been a good lesson in planning. I definately learned how important it is to do the research and planning properly. I must say that I’m happy with the result. I think it captures the feel and mood of the painting pretty well.
Could only get one anothers work, which is Leon Roberts;-

Those were the words for this time around… Hope you enjoyed it.
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~ by Toke Jepsen on October 28, 2007.

4 Responses to “Painting & Film – Week 5 & 6”

  1. I’d say it looks pretty good… but it looks really easy? Don’t get me wrong it probably ain’t though… but still, I sit at home killing myself, solving stupid abstract problems of linear algebra and you kill yourself looking at a picture. Both things sounds utterly senceless, yet they’re probably both equaly important? Only difference is: you probably had tons of fun looking at that picture, while I’m going into a near depression looking at these endless matrixes…

  2. Hej TokeJeg blev helt revet med af stemningen af måden du bevægede dig rundt i billedet på – det var ligesom man selv var til stede – og musiken er virkelig med til at underbygge sekvenserne.Rigtig flot.Hilsen Niels Bergendorff

  3. nice! jeg synes det så mega godt ud, det er sandelig noget andet end det jeg ser hver dag. Jeg glæder mig til næste update, vi ses jo snartmvhFelix

  4. Fantastic to be able to follow your progress. When I think of the times I wanted to bring yopu to see art — and here you are jumping countless phases of art appreciation and getting right into putting art and music together. As I say fantastic – keep goingMum

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