The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart

(I seem unable to upload the video to this blog, so here is the Utube link, I’ve added a beginning and end, and some tweaks to what you saw last Monday)

The wind blows through the doors of my heart. By Deborah Digges

After some searching for a final project idea, I decided to continue the theme of wind, but explore beyond the windmill subject. Combining the topic of wind with a recent rediscovery of poetry, and new technical skills in video making produced this short verse of animated poetry.

Initially, words represent the message and thoughts of the poet. Letterpress created a personal connection with these words and ideas. Then, when cut, combined, and repeated and modified, the phrases echo the physical actions described by the words.  This poem included rich visual material that was easily represented by opening and closing doors, fluttering butterflies, and tearing paper. The element of time is represented by the stop motion video; it captures the effects of the wind in its various forms: as penetrator, as mild annoyance, as liberator, and finally as destructor. Developing my new passion for motion-graphics (!), titles, image manipulation, sound, and transitions aid in creating the mood and flow. Only the first third of the poem is included, as time became not only a conceptual element, but also a physical limitation.

Throughout the project process, I combined hand and digital elements. Beginning with an internet search for poems about “wind”, I then hand-sketched storyboards, and had direct contact with type and paper. Beginning the movie sketches with digital photography combined with physical manipulation of text and paper imbedded the tangible nature of materials within a digital format. The notion of repeating an image to represent time seemed so simple on the surface, but I found that rhythm, repetition and tone increased the complexity and gave the text an almost voice-like quality.

I plan to continue this project, either by animating the rest of this poem, or exploring how visual motion and text can interact to form a complex experience, different from either the written or spoken word.

Anna Carlson

December, 2010

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