Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Art 451 Project: Mario’s Endless Life “Repetition”



Eric T Franklin
Clint Sleeper
Artist Statement
5/12/15

Mario’s Endless Life “Repetition”
From the beginning I wanted to do a machinama project because this was a familiar with and I knew how to work with it. My original proposal was this:
“For my project I wanted to create a machinama that deals with the generational difference and generational gaps that our society has.  “A machinima is the use of real-time computer graphics engines to create a cinematic production. Most often video games are used to generate the computer animation.”  The reason why I wanted to use a machiniama is because I have used them in the past and it is a field I am familiar with.  My objective/goal for this project is to show what the generational difference can be like for people (Old generation vs. new generation).”
A month into the project I didn’t feel like I was able to work with this. I had the idea was a 8-bit Mario was going to meet a 3D model of Master Chief and show the generational difference of the between them and how they express their views from the differently generation. This was supposed to be a reflection of how generational people have different views and how different and hard it can be in society. However, I felt I was not going anywhere with this project and felt it needed a rework. After a week, I finally came to this idea. I wanted to create a project that was something I felt was something I not only struggle with but a lot of people deal with every day: The endless cycle of repetition. Essentially I wanted to create a project that was a reflection on how people in society are going through a cycle of doing the same thing over and over every day. This is something I sometimes I struggle with in my life. I wanted to keep the idea of using Mario in the video. I recorded the gameplay and I glitch the game to make the game going into a minus world that will when you reach the end, will send you back to the beginning of the level. The level was also underwater and I wanted to represent the “drowning and struggle” people go through repetition. I also grab audio from a psychology professor talk about repetition and how it affects peoples’ minds. I slowed down his audio and took his quote “repetition” and made it repeat over and over at certain parts and added affects to those audios as well. Next I took the video and made them overlay each other and messed with added certain video effects like ultra-keys, but I kept one effect to all and that was the twirl effect because I wanted to represent the “repetition” swirl people feel like they go through and a sort of trance as well. I also added at certain points Mario swimming across the screen or popping up at certain points to again represent repetition.
My final results:
video

                As for my set up I have three projectors projecting the video with 6 speakers playing the audio at different times in a small gallery. Here is what it looks like:












                This was the hardest project I have ever done and not only that the most difficult because rewriting the project and having certain parts wrong about my project. However I feel great about this project because I feel it will make people have different interpretations about what the project is and how it affects people in todays’ society. The techniques I learned from this project will help me in my future career.

Final Art 350- "Screen World"



Eric T Franklin
Clint Sleeper
Artist Statement
5/5/15

Screen World
                For my final project I wanted to create a piece that reflected on the current situation on how most people now a days spend more time in front of their screen and possible to do not pay attention to their surroundings. Over time I found a video that showcases a LCD video being turned into a secret monitor by removing the polarized filter. I found one at a discount store and I ordered a new polarized filter, but it was not going on the screen, it was going to be lens for a pair of glasses. I removed the filter and made a set of new lens for glasses. Next thing I wanted to do was have pictures of people doing something with their cell phones at inappropriate times. I searched the internet and took photos and photo shopped them into pictures that are a scene of distress and unethical to take a selfie.I also made a video on and made them loop over and over so people can see them. My results:
http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=sF9enH9FEF0&p=n








My whole idea behind this project was to show in today’s society that people are looking at a screen of some sort mostly cell phones or tablets. Along with this idea, I also wanted to touch on the idea that people have taken pictures (selfies) or record something at the inappropriate times like a life or death situation or when it is unethical or unmoral to do so.

I feel like I got the idea somewhat down, however I feel like the execution was not there, but the idea was there. 

Green Screen




Eric T Franklin
Clint Sleeper
Artist Statement
3/20/15

Green Screen
                                This project I looked forward too and something I wanted to learn. Green screen was something I was always fascinated with and I always wanted to learn how to do some sort of special effect. I did not have any idea behind it really. I used my blue bed sheet as the background from what I told it was better to use because it is easier to ultra-key it out. For my background I use two video games: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Mario 3D World. For the last half I messed with the video with other effects to make it a little more out of place.    This was the results: