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Here is my university blog and various art I do in my free time

Month: March, 2014

Lewis Prothero performance

Lewis Prothero is part of the totalitarian government in V for Vendetta, his opening speech to the people of England is a rather incense scene in which is he commands to the people of England to oppose America for smuggling and convert the country to a country of God. He is articulate and intimidating which is why I deciding to portray his character with a stutter, I realised this play on his role seemed to discredit his fascist belief as he is supposed to be a seat of power he lacks the credibility of his status by stammering. Instead of being suited up (as Lewis is in the film) I chose to work in black and paint the government symbol onto my face as I have already performed as a suited character in my last terms assessment, I wanted to change into a more elaborate setting and as I have previously worked with face paints in most of this terms work it keeps the sense of flow going.

Smaug recording

Recently watching The Hobbit, I found Smaug the Dragon to have a very growly, intimidating voice – this added so much more intimidation to his character. For a small experiment, I will recite the lines whilst stuttering to see if it has the same dynamics as on the big screen.

 

My personal comment is; the audio itself is rather dynamic and the stuttering does take away some intimidation, the echo is a very strong effect it really gives the sense of being inside an abandoned kingdom. Though theres not much more I could take from this experiment, it was nice to try something different.

Sympathy For The Parents – idea for distorted audio

Sympathy For The Parents is rather abstracted audio of an interview session on the topic of Moshing, the audio is heard to be auto tuned, changes of Tempo and often in-comprehensive at times. I plan to work in editing recorded sessions of myself stammering and modify the audio itself to experiment with the dynamics of the piece.

Review of “Definition of Insanity”

Reviewing my film, I find that the lack of audio really draws attention to detail of the facial expressions of the subject. Lack of light exposes the movements greatly and you truly rely on yourself to lip read, at times the character stammers so much that the reading is unrecognisable. The subject trusts his expressions to describe his emotions, which vary from being rather calm to sudden erratic behaviours, he stares into the camera, breaking the 4th wall and making it seem the audience is standing right in front of his grasp. 

My Silent film – The definition of Insanity

Photo on 17-04-2014 at 23.11

The Definition of Insanity is a silent performance piece where the camera is the eye of the audience, the definition said in the performance is “insanity is doing the same thing over and over until it’s different”; I face the camera explaining what the definition of insanity is and how it appeals into my life and everyone else. The way it revolves around my character’s life is how he feels that he is forced to use his speech impediment as a form of entertainment for people through performance and he has decided now that he is sick of being a part of “one big funhouse”. The character himself is a bit schizophrenic as he talks rather calmly the majority of the time to being quite hard to understand to sudden acts of aggressiveness – the character himself is quite insane.

Finally the performance ends with him saying “Did I ever tell you the definition of Insanity?” before it finishes, showing a sense of mystery to the performance, as the whole performance could be repeated over and over again.

Adaptation to Silent Film

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Recently I watched Nosferatu, what I find intriguing about the character’s inabilities to speak, they rely entirely on body movements and facial expressions to emphasise how they’re feeling. I find this a interested direction to take my work as I am constantly relying on my voice to capture the audience and this will help test the change of taking away the audio.

My film will be set out just like a silent film, using a vintage filter to obtain the same grittiness and after I speak a text slide will follow, I think to add to the dynamics of the piece I will write the stuttering parts into the slides as this will inform the viewers exactly when Im stammering as in previous reviews people have told me that they don’t really notice when I stammer unless I point it out.