So, as I became more and more involved with the possibilitys of digital media and making small video shorts my sister Rowena came to me with the idea of making a small short based on some of her paintings that had been in a solo exhibition at the Dunamaise theatre and gallery in Portlaois . The title of that exhibition was 'Jaw jaw' so that became the working title of the video.
The process of making it was a very crude form of stop motion animation using one of her paintings as a background and repeatedly cut and pasting different elements of different paintings in a slow progression across the screen to a script that she had come up with.
The first stab at making it took place at Rowena's using this painting of hers as background, I eventually had to rework the background using a drawing tablet as the initial photos we had taken were too full of light glare ( this is the re-worked version below)
She had cut out various elements and with my new fuji A500 camera we spent the day shooting stills following the script . I took this home with me and started trying to put it together as an animation. I first used windows movie maker to arrange the stills in some sort of order , but the photos weren't great and the whole thing needed something more as it just wasn't working . So using the gimp photoediting software I pulled images from some of her paintings and then using the gimp cut and pasted those into the original backgrounds with elements from other sources,
of advertising images that Rowena had found in a charity shop. Once I had the images cut and pasted into a sequence of stills I ran them through windows movie maker ( I still hadn't found an animation package that worked well in linux , it took until 2012 to work that one out with the advent of usable versions of avidemux , handbrake, stopmotion, openshot and ffmpeg on the commandline all programs I use in my glitch work) then added a basic soundtrack edited using a program called audio cleaning lab , made by magix . ( I'm posting the original without soundtrack which was an edited version of 'little fluffy clouds' by the Orb - I have no desire to recieve a dmca takedown notice from those pesky litiguous content control bots ) so you will just have to imagine it with the music ! )
Rowena was quite pleased with the results , I'd learnt a lot in the process and so she showed the video too the local arts officer and we applied to the arts office for a grant to make a much longer work , it recieved a really positive reaction from the grant committee and so we had the finance to buy the equipment I would need to make something far more ambitious and ultimately a project which would consume a year of my artistic life and not really be fully finished until much later , but I'll write about that in the next post.