Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Self Critique: Finals

The aspect ratio jumps several times in the early parts of the DVD.  To fix this I had to squash my animations to 16:9.  I need to know if there's a better way of preserving quality and not having ratio jumps.  My resume could use a little more structure.

Digital Portfolio:
I have everything posted on the server.

Web Portfolio:
All my videos are on youtube, and on my personal blog.  Some of them are on vimeo, but I've maxed out my megabytes for the week.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Near-Future Goals

During winter break, I’d like to plan out some aside animation projects that could be put into my demo reel.  This can include storyboards, character designs, and backgrounds.  For many summer internships, February is a good application period.  During January and February I plan on animating some sequences and writing cover letters for all possible summer animation internships.  I’m largely focused on applying for big-named studios as a summer internship.
Through Spring I’ll continue to add to my demo reel through classes and my own work if time allows it.  If I hear back from any of the companies I’ll definitely accept and work during the summer.  There is a scholarship for summer internships which I need to ask if and how to apply for it.  If I do not get a summer internship, I will be home during the summer but would continue researching internships (including local.)  By the end of the Spring semester I should know if I get a Summer internship or not so I can apply for local Fall internships before school ends.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Visiting Artist Lectures

Tyree Guyton
Started the Heidelberg Project in 1986 in old African American communities in Detroit.  The Heidelberg project itself is a community folk art that paints and sculpts on and around many abandoned houses turning them into colorful public places.  The project was started with a few paint strokes on a house before long had covered an entire neighborhood.  140 countries have visited Heidelberg Street and Tyree Guyton was given his doctorate in 2009 in Brussels.  Guyton wants his art to heal people and encourage change in the community.
       Tyree was very passionate in his lecture but seem to have trouble dealing with very many questions which left him coming across as absent minded.  He probably is more used to giving high school lectures.

Lilly McElroy
Lilly is largely a performance artist and many of her works have a flair of humor while still making interesting notes on public behavior.  She likes to put interruptive stickers in public places to raise awarness of issues and of peoples own surroundings.  It sounds almost like a 4th wall break of real life.  She grew up in Arizona and was heavily influenced by cowboys, rodeos, and the movie "8 seconds."  One of her pieces is a series of photos where she is in a public place huddled on the floor wearing a slip.  She video recorded herself hugging strangers in the streets to see their reactions.  She blocked off a piece of the sidewalk and tried to keep people from entering it.  This one was particularly playful in that strangers would take part in either helping her or trying to foil her.  She also took photos of herself jumping into strangers arms at different bars.  Overall her works are fun and interesting social experiments.

Carrie Mae Weems
Weems is a very well known African American photographer.  She tries to grapple with why she does and why she does not like certain art works.  She is very occupied with finding her voice.  Recently she has been making propaganda art to raise awareness of violence in certain areas.  She is also very interested in unrequited love.  Her film was fairly dull though with very repetitive shots and little cohesive structure.  Overall it seemed like her lecture didn't give us much reason to be impressed with her work aside that she is a well established artist.