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Archive for November, 2010

Drool-inducing multimedia to recharge your desire to improve.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

After meeting and speaking with Liz Baylen last week at CPOY, I started poking around the internet for the multimedia pieces she told me about. I love her ideas about interaction and her vision for the future. I also love that she’s constantly improving her craft and working with new technologies. More than anything, I love the simplicity of some of her pieces. Waiting for Death is, at this point, the only Soundslides pieces I’ve ever truly loved. It’s exactly what it should be, a simple combination of sound and images. There’s not much ambient noise aside from breathing and slight movement, but it works so perfectly with the piece.

His Body a Prison is also pretty spectacular. I’m not a huge fan of the title slides (if you know me well enough, you know I’m largely anti text), but this one has phenomenal ambient sound and the audio interviews are beautiful. Admittedly, I have a soft spot in my heart for stories like this.

Introducing Ratko, the floating head.

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Take note: When chromakey-ing (is that a verb?) someone who’s wearing black without the aid of a hair light, know that they will become a floating head. Not to worry, the black and white picture fixed that. Wait — no. It totally didn’t. None the less, the interviewing-green-screening experience was a trip, cameo appearance by Jarrad and all. Be sure to watch the entire video to witness all of our shenanigan’s. Thanks, Ratko, for being such a sport!

Ratko. from Kristen DiFate on Vimeo.

Flash photography from inside a giant softbox.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

If there were a time I felt the need to beg for mercy and ask for a second try, this would be it. Madeline and I tried, on three separate occasions, to complete this assignment, but struggled to bring it together. When we finally did, I positioned Madeline across the room and tried for some cross lighting. In retrospect, I’m not even sure what we were doing would have made any dramatic impact. Direction is a nebulous term when you’re inside a gigantic softbox and we were in a long white room, with mirrors.

Jeanne Quinn practices a jazz routine with Dance Arts of Columbia classmates Kendyl Boone and Tricia Hill while Sarah Kinney and Caitlin Price watch. “When dancing, you want to enjoy doing it, not having done it,” encouraged dance instructor Marie Robertson.

I <3 painting with light.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Ted Kaczynski also known as the UNA Bomber/University and Airline Bomber terrorised the country for nearly two decades. He sent mailbombs and angry letters to people from the airline industry and people working in the university world. From his little cabin in the woods in Montana, he killed three people and wounded 22.  In the end, his brother recognized one of his letters and turned him in to the authorities.