Possibly the most eye opening week of my life. I spent a week teaching at a native reserve up in Quatsino, and where's that... Here. I would have never have guess that I would learn so much in complete tranquility. But I guess you do get a chance to reflect a lot on the life you live when you get a chance to live in a place that is so far different that what you are used to. It's hard to explain what I learned, but I left Quatsino with a great positive mindset.
Individuality is one of the greatest thing that you can present in your work, and you know when you're doing something original if you're at least a little bit scared that it might go wrong. Good job if you are brave and going to go with it anyways.
I decided to take that granny animation I was working on in a new direction. I was inspired by my roommate as always, who reminds me to "not be fooled by the dialogue". So I had a chance to listen to the dialogue in a different way and take something a little different out of it.
Here's a stop motion set I made for a commercial at work
So decided to spend my summer in Vancouver and I'm having a blast. I lucked out in finding a place downtown with a good friend and also lucked out in finding a job... because it would be disastrous otherwise :S I got a job teaching Stop-motion animation and occasionally 3D (with blender) to kids at Byte Camp. It's a really fun gig, I personally love it. I love film making and I absolutely love love love seeing these kids be as creative as they are. I learned a heck load from these kids, more then they'll ever know and it's such a refreshing experience.
So yeah, note to all artists or creators of all sorts, learn from kids! be a kid you'll create great stuff from it! Their creativity is so raw, untainted and ultimately courageous. No fear of failure, what good role models.
So in the spirit of doing what scares you, I went out on a bike ride and decided to paint. No control z which is a tool that for me promotes continuous self-doubt :S but don't get me wrong I'm not a hater of the option to undo... it's just personally not healthy for someone like me.
PS. Love west coast living, I could get used to this
I just had the best experience at the Vancouver Art Gallery, checking out some Matisse, learning about the Cone Sisters of Balitmore, and the highlight... Yang FuDong's "Fifth Night" I recommend this short experimental film piece to any film lover. It completely blew my mind!! 7 screens side my side, depicting the same scene from the point view of different characters. Every composition was brilliant, but the most brilliant part was the fact that the narrative itself is given to the viewer to compose. The way I saw it, Every screen was competing for attention, every screen was beautiful, every screen featured a story, but ultimately the editing was completely up to you. Brilliant!
In a pitch black room...I was desperate to remember this particular experience, so here's my masterful page of drawings (my attempt to document the beautiful visuals)....sooo the film+my review just lost credibility with these drawings :S
Yang FuDong's "Fifth Night"
If your in Vancouver Check it out, if not check out where it's going next. Google a screen cap if my scribbles ruined if for you, but don't you darerob yourself of an experience by watching a cam rip video of this on you tube or something like that.
It must be the water here, my head is pumping with things I want to do. As soon as I start up something, something new pops in my head! It's the summer, lots of free time (at least for now), lots of beautiful things to see,bottom line lots of inspiration.