FINAL CREATIVE HABIT

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Photo series by Clark Baker (me)

For the final stretch of the creative habit, I decided to go a bit of a different route. Instead of finishing out by corresponding with my friend, I decided that I would get more personal with what I was writing.

This decision came from the photography project I was working on at the same time, which I used to explore personal topics. I do not usually do this with my artwork, but I created a photo series surrounding alcoholism and its impact on childhood. So, I thought it would be interesting to write a few scenes based on more personal issues.trans af.jpg
Trans banner by Clark Baker (still me)

Seeing as being transgender is a huge part of my life, I thought that I would focus a few scenes on that aspect of my life. I used a few of my own memories, crafting short scenes based on true exchanges I have had in the early stages of exploring my gender identity. The trans-scripts (hahahaha) are depicted below.

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Creative Habit #2

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Though the effort to make a creative habit a reality for me  is proving useful so far, I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to allocate time daily to sit down and write. Some days I will end up doubling up on scenes because I forgot to do one or know I will not have time at a later day that week.

However, while I am failing in the timeliness and consistency department, I am certainly writing more than I would have been otherwise. The scenes are short and drab, but having the opportunity to just pour out whatever comes to mind because it doesn’t matter is helping my creative process.

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Photo from correspondent

I have been keeping the same set of characters cycling through the scenes I write. I have been trying to keep their personalities consistent, though the situations may vary greatly. For example, one scene from this past week involved a high-risk heist, while the other was simply the characters browsing a pet shop for the lizard pictured above.

Pictured above are some images I sent my friend over the past few weeks – small things that might have been even a little bit interesting at the time.

Below are a few of the phrases she had sent me:
“See that dog? He’s a winner. Be more like him.”
“Where’s the girls at though?”

And some phrases I sent her:
“No choice, we’re going to be coastal bartenders in a third world country somewhere.”
“Are you the chef?”

We haven’t yet read each other’s writing – but I plan to include that in the next post. I have found it entertaining to take rather mundane events and just go with it to see what happens – so I am curious to see what she has done.

Below are some of the scene sketches I have written.

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Creative Habit #1

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For my creative habit, I decided that I wanted to write a scene of a script every day (note: not the same script – just a random scene). To mix it up and to add a bit of chance to it, I decided to use a prompt from a friend every day. Each day before 4pm, we send each other an image or quote from our day, and that is what the other writes a scene based on.

The above is an image my friend sent me, which prompted a scene of two girls shopping for means to cover up the blood stains from a murder.

I have found it interesting that when I started, the characters I was using were very unimagined and honestly thought of on the spot for the scene. I have reused some of the characters for other scenes, and it is very interesting to see them start to develop their own personalities.

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For example, the scene from this shot revolved around the same two characters from the one above, discussing the headline on the local news.

Overall, the scenes are pretty bad. But that’s not the point. I definitely think it is helping me get better at writing on the spot, and writing in general – even if its bad right now. There are some of these scenes and ideas that I would definitely see myself revisiting in the future or using in a feature.

 

Creative Habit Proposal

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A few weeks back, I saw a pair of dirty shoes and a broken razor under a bench on my way to school. They remained there for a few days. Naturally, like most people would, I started wondering why they were there. What was their story?

We see portions of stories everyday. Small bits of conversation, interesting things that catch our eye. So, what I want to do, is use these things as a jumping off point for storytelling.

I want to be a better screenwriter, and so does a friend of mine in Kansas. Our plan, for the next month, is to send each other a picture or a quote from our day, everyday. From there, we will write a short scene from a script containing that source material. This way, our bias of actually knowing the situation won’t influence our writing.

It’s been hard to find motivation to write lately. I’m confident that this will help.

Pipeline COMPLETE

PIPELINE FINAL: TRAVERSE from Riley Wagner on Vimeo.

It’s done! The animation team finished piecing together the final work Wednesday night.

Overall, we feel the final product looks great.

In hindsight, it may have helped to aim for a shorter video. Animation is a long process, and a fully fleshed-out 2D animation is probably not something we could have accomplished in the time we had.

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On the other hand, however, I believe the multi-media aspect certainly helped. Having so many different styles happening at once was cohesive, organized chaos – which I think looked fantastic all put together, even if some of the 2D parts wouldn’t look “done” by themselves.

PIPELINE #3

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Riley Wagner, Director

This week, the documentary team and myself began conducting interviews with the crew. We interviewed Riley (director), Jessica (animator) and Darrin (sound designer), to get a good idea of how the project is going from different sides.

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Filming animator, Jessica Lindsey

The past couple weeks have consisted of the animators working and the sound design team finalizing the sound that will be used.

As of earlier this week, most of the animators have completed their keyframes of the animation (those that are doing traditional animation, anyway). Some are doing cut-out, 3D, or even rotoscoping.

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The current pass of the audio can be found here.

The goal is to have the animation in a line-up by Tuesday.

PIPELINE #2

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Photograph by Darrin Faires

This week, we zeroed in on the specifics of when exactly we’ll get certain things done. The director and I worked up a schedule for the animators, listed here:

Thursday, Oct 27: Storyboard/Thumbnails Done
Tuesday, Nov 1: Rough Keyframes
Thursday, Nov 3: Rough Animation
Tuesday, Nov 8: Done

Last week, the animators completed their thumbnails for each of their own sections. As listed above, the goal is to have a rough cut consisting of the keyframes complete this coming Tuesday.

As far as the documentary process goes, we are in the process of filming. The goal is to have it complete and edited on Tuesday, November 8th.

PIPELINE #1

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As of right now, as production manager on this project I have mainly been trying to map out the schedule. It’s proven a little bit difficult as we have had to push back the date for sound design, and I am not entirely sure how much time would need allotted to the animation portion of the project (with input from the director, though, it seems to be working out).

This early on, we have so far been planning the content for our animation. The idea is that we will follow a character, and as they go through different doors, a different animator will take over the style and the content within the frame. So far, we have organized the order of the theme for each section, in order for those in the sound design department to start working.

PIPELINE PROPOSAL

While Halloween will be over by the time this project will be complete, I want to construct something like a haunted house – an interactive, super spooky walkthrough. The easiest way to do this would be to separate out sections of the walk-through, and have small teams work on each chunk. This is essentially what my high school’s art club did for our annual Witch Walk, and it’s pretty effective.

It wouldn’t be anything too extravagant, but with a group of art students creating it, I think it could be impressive. However, the biggest struggle would likely be finding a place to set up. Any hallway on campus would do, actually, providing it is long enough for a substantial amount of space (wooden dividers to create a maze-type path will also greaten the space).

In a breakdown of what needs to happen for THIS to happen, let’s see what we need to do. Ideation for each segment of the path would be step one. Each segment will have a director, who will meet together and talk about how to make each “theme” flow into the next. While ideation is happening, it would be wise to start assembling the basic materials for the structure – plywood walls, getting material to cover the walls with, etc.

After that, it would be a matter of building props, costumes and decorations for each individual section. If anything, this will probably turn out like a creepy walk-through art installation.

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Final

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Overall, I’m pleased with the final images I got out of this project. I believe they are successfully composed and are aesthetically appealing, and I think they fit the idea of ambiguous space in a way. The shades turned out the way I had envisioned, with a lot of dark black around the figure to contrast with the body.

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Color palettes

In hindsight, I think it would have helped to a have a little more highlights and bright white – but  I think the use of darks worked well.

While I think that I successfully obscured the gender of the figure, I’m not so sure that I got across the original idea that I wanted to. Like I said, I like how they look – but I think they are lacking any message. Next time, I might add another factor other than just the figure’s own presence to really send the message home.

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The final product was shot on a digital camera and put into grayscale in Photoshop. Originally, I had wanted to shoot the project on film – which I did, as seen above. However, I feel that I didn’t capture enough of a variety of compositions on film, therefore I reshot the final images on my digital camera. I may use the original negatives for a different project in the future – I like them, but I don’t think they would have fulfilled what I wanted from this project in particular.