Monday, April 30, 2012

Exhibition Review: Kevin Kremler

Postcards From the Grey Area was an exhibit we saw by Kevin Kremler in the Shepard Gallery in the Church Fine Arts building in early April. The exhibition had 4 pieces that were all somewhat connected, yet very different from one another. This made the exhibit really interesting. Kremler's work is largely interactive, which I loved because it definitely gave a new aspect to going to a gallery instead of just standing around looking, you actually got to be involved with how the piece worked. The first piece was a photobooth that was set to mimic a Norman Rockwell painting. This was really cool and our class definitely enjoyed playing around with this one. Next were the tvs set to brain scans on the floor, this wasn't interactive, but really fun to watch and walk around. Third, was a large postcard he had drawn of Van Gough in crayon. This was really original and Kremler said he uses these to mail out to friends and family which definitely made me look at it a bit more in a different way. Finally he had a cross of planks with buckets on the end suspended over the floor, each corner had a box of colored sand, and a small shovel. Putting the sand in the buckets would alter the angles of the beams, while dropping colored sand on the floor in a random pattern.

I enjoyed this work, the scale and interactivity of it was definitely impressive, and I'm interested to see his other work since I was impressed at his ability to do so many different types of pieces using different materials.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Music 409 Video

This is a video representation of my midterm piece for my Music 409 class.

The piece is titled hallway, a title which came after I have finished production on it, due to the echo noise constant throughout the piece and the ambient noise that I felt gave the listener a feeling of walking down an ominous hallway.

For the visual representation of the piece, I went with the film geek side of me and scoured some of my favorite films and other media to find the most memorable film uses of Hallways.

In the end the sound works great with the fast editing and the films I chose, giving it a very distinct and somewhat unique look at such a normal everyday thing such as a corridor connecting two rooms.

Media Used:

The Legend Of Zelda
The Shining
Star Wars: A New Hope
Fight Club (extra film nerd tidbit, I used this as a rapid subliminal shot of the Tyler Durden character in the hallway as a nod to director David Fincher, who put flashes of the Tyler Durden character within the film Fight Club)
The Princess Bride
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Progress 4/24

Over the past couple weeks I've continued to amass my video footage which is nearly all complete and in the editing stages.

Meanwhile I've been working on the front menu which is almost done. I'm still looking at ways to change the seasons to make them a bit more seamless, however I think for now its starting to come together nicely.

Upon completion of this menu I will bring it into Flash Catalyst where I will make it clickable with rigging the separate videos to play upon being clicked, with each quadrant representing a different seasonal video themes.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


For this week I got a first draft of the menu screen for my project in photoshop. I'm planning on working on it more to make it blend a bit more and look a bit more cohesive, but the general idea is there.

Also I continued getting more footage for the videos that will play for each season, here is some of the winter footage I've compiled

So I still have more footage I'm working with but overall it's coming together nicely.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Project Timeline

My video will consist of footage of the citizens of Reno and how they interact, showing that the city has more than just a general population, but that the citizens continuously get together in artistic ways to express themselves.

The focus will be on how artistic the community is by showing people in various costumes at themed events, races, art events, etc, throughout the year, edited together in a artistic style to show the variety we as a community experience. 

4/03            Progress Critique #1 : continue gathering footage from outside sources, present to class final proposal
4/10            Progress Critique #2 : Finish compiling footage
4/17            Work/Demo Day : Work on editing footage
4/24            Progress Critique #3 : Finish editing footage
5/01            Work Day: Finalize editing and complete project
5/08            Final CRITIQUE/PROJECT #2 Due : done