Produce an animated video essay based on one of the broad themes you have explored within tricks and fakes or animation and visual culture in Part Four.
For example, compositing, morphing, image quality, absence and digital
representation, erasure, re-focusing, social media, video games, corporate
video, uncontrollable elements.
As a starting point, revisit the research you have produced in this part of the course unit by reading your learning log. Identify a theme you would like to develop further, or identify new ideas that might fit within these themes.
Like a written essay, an animated essay should present a point of view or
argument, persuading your audience one way or the other. This can be done through the use of audio with supporting images, animations and videos.
You may want to record a voiceover sound for this project, use subtitles, or find another way of presenting information in an engaging way.
Research your topic by developing a file of source footage and images, and
writing a short text to help structure your essay.
Build up your sequences from source imagery, your own animation, and by
laying down any audio in your editing software. If applicable you can build on videos that you have made earlier in this part. You can use any sources you can find as long as you credit them and password protect your final video if necessary.
Edit a final version of your video and upload onto your learning log. Post a link to your blogpost (and password if used) on the OCA discuss forums for other animation students to view. Write a short reflection on your final piece and the process of making it, drawing on any feedback from other students as well.
You may want to look at some artists that use the essay form for moving image, for example:
Julio Garcia Espinosa, For an imperfect cinema (2005)
David O’Reilly, Black Lake (2010)
The works of Sabrina Ratte
Esther Leslie, Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the
Ian Bogost, A Slow Year (2010)