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My View On Art (Ars Poetica)

Art is such a vast topic, yet somehow, it is so specific. To me it signifies perspective. It takes several unbiased perspectives to create art. A piece of art should not be simple to identify the meaning; however, it should not be vague to the point of confusion. One should not be confused why a piece of art should be created; instead they should have their own opinions of why a piece of art was created. And this goes back to what I said before, “Art signifies perspective.”

 Can one truly say what piece of art is bad and which is good? NO, absolutely not. “Why is this,” you may ask, and I am saying that in order to have the ability of determining what is good and what is bad, the people judging have to have the same mindset. And we all know that this is impossible because no two people think the exact same thing in the exact same way. Two people may lik an apple, but one could like it because of its sweet taste and the other could simply like it because it is Red.  The point I am trying to make is that without the difference in opinions, we would not have separate perspectives. An d without the perspectives we don’t have Art.

I know some of you may look at this blog post and not completely agree with it, but I hope you understand that one cannot determine good art from bad. However, you can determine which ones you like or dislike. And the more you are with opinions the better art will become. In my Auteur 101 class I started out judging each other’s work from best to worst instead of appreciating the work for its entirety. As I started filming, however, I realized the difficulty and creativity Involved with making films and I knew then that you can’t make a perfect film.

A perfect film would please everyone and that is simply unheard of. And the reason that is, is simply because of opinions. I don’t mean to sound repetitious, but I am simply  trying to make  a point. In my class when we did workshops, we stated gave our opinions on the things we liked and disliked. We stated what we wanted to stay, what we wanted to go, and what we wanted to be added, and In the end, when we saw the revisions everyone was more pleased. However, not everyone is satisfied and that can’t be fixed, but everyone was a lot happier. To conclude this post, I want everyone to know that every person is essential for a piece of art to be successful. Every opinion matters in making art… art. It is all about perspectives.

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How Dare They Despise Revision Process

“How Dare They Despise” is a video based off the poem “I Am” by John Clare. The poem is rather depressing because of the fact that the character is constantly being rejected by society. The character wants to be able to deal with it and understand that it doesn’t matter what other people’s opinions are, but it seems as if something is holding him back. I make the analogy of trying to get a small piece of Thanksgiving turkey with your fingers and Grandma pops your hand, but that’s just me. However, this poem carries a huge story on its back, and the video Juan and I created supports it to the fullest.

We wanted to provide an eerie, sad feeling to the poem because that is how we portrayed it to make us feel. So instead of going out and shooting anything we saw, we decided to narrow down what kind of shots we were looking for, and those shots specifically came out at night. I took night shots around campus and Juan took them at his home. We did this so that the images would not be too recognizable. We also provided a rugged line to present a crooked pathway to portray this character’s pain. It seems he knows what he wants, but he stumbles constantly trying to get there. We finally got all the footage together and made the first video.

We got a lot of possible feedback from our classmates; however, the ending didn’t give the feeling it was supposed to. Instead it was basically an inadequate surprise and didn’t make sense compared to the rest of the poem. So we revised and came up with a tighter, understandable conclusion. We also added some things such as the overlaying shots of letters which spell out DANGER, which adds on to the eerie feeling we were going for. We ended the video with the line still going because we wanted to let the audience know that he never found what he was looking for.

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How Dare They Despise

A film based on the poem “I Am” by John Clare. – Juan Negrette and Daniel Rose, from the “Auteur 101” short film class in JHU’s Program in Film and Media Studies.

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by | July 26, 2012 · 6:30 pm

My First Stop-Motion

                Whenever I need an idea for a video to compliment a poem, I usually get one at the most random moment. I was literally sitting down at my computer looking at Facebook and I saw a picture of an origami figure; instantly, I wanted to experiment with origami just for fun. As I got into about the 5th fold I realized that I could use it for my stop-motion film. To be honest, I was really stifled at the fact of making the video because I didn’t think it would be fluid, considering paper constantly moves, but as I read over the poem I realized that a kind of non-fluid motion is what the video actually needed. Not saying that the movement should be jagged, but it needed sort of a rough texture to bring out the desire located within the poem.

                Soon, I got started on the assignment by repetitiously folding and taking a snapshot. However, when I finished the crane I realized there must be more in order to create a story rather than a crane just forming itself out of nothing because that kind of represents more of finding one’s self rather than wanting to find someone or something. So I decided to choose something else to fold and I decided a flower. There was no purpose behind this decision other than my last name. So I repeated the same process I did with the origami crane with the origami rose.

                Finally, I started work shopping with the video and I chose to emphasize the sad, desperate tone of the music  by creating a folding, then unfolding motion, and it worked out perfect. But the video felt it was missing something, so I fooled around with certain filters and I found one that brought in a new character I never even noticed until then, and that character was the wood. I finally realized that the wood represented the unfortunate background from which the crane came from.

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The Crane Who Desired

I created this video in relation to the poem in the background called “To One Unknown” because it simply creates a feeling of curiosity. And the colors bring together a sense of loneliness and desire that the music perfectly supports.

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by | July 17, 2012 · 4:39 am

My First Film

                When I first started this project, I had no idea what to expect. To tell the truth I wasn’t expecting what this class had to offer actually. I was meant to believe this class taught the art in filmmaking in movies such as Avatar and The Blind Side; however, I was shocked but not disappointed. This class allows me to show the artsy side of me through my videos and also allows people to understand that art comes in all true forms. But back to my first project, I was given the task to choose a poem and out a video with it, and since I kind of came with the wrong Idea about the class in the first place, this really was a big deal.

 

                My partner and I Sam were so lost at first that we constantly asked the question, “Well, what do you want to do.” After we both decided that we didn’t know what we wanted to shoot we decided to at least choose a poem. We chose I Am, a quite lonely, sad poem. We thought it would be really simple to shoot depressing thing because it had just finished raining…. We were wrong.  For some odd reason Baltimore still looks lovely after wind and drenching rain. So after we looked back at our clips we realized that we needed to change our poems. After that day Sam took the camera home to film things back at her house, and she brought it back and we started editing.

 

                The editing process was simple, yet long. It was very time consuming, but the experience was very fun. Just learning how to use the software and experimenting with the filters was very entertaining.  So to sum up the experience, I had a great time filming and I loved and appreciated the outcome.

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My First Film

                When I first started this project, I had no idea what to expect. To tell the truth I wasn’t expecting what this class had to offer actually. I was meant to believe this class taught the art in filmmaking in movies such as Avatar and The Blind Side; however, I was shocked but not disappointed. This class allows me to show the artsy side of me through my videos and also allows people to understand that art comes in all true forms. But back to my first project, I was given the task to choose a poem and out a video with it, and since I kind of came with the wrong Idea about the class in the first place, this really was a big deal.

 

                My partner and I Sam were so lost at first that we constantly asked the question, “Well, what do you want to do.” After we both decided that we didn’t know what we wanted to shoot we decided to at least choose a poem. We chose I Am, a quite lonely, sad poem. We thought it would be really simple to shoot depressing thing because it had just finished raining…. We were wrong.  For some odd reason Baltimore still looks lovely after wind and drenching rain. So after we looked back at our clips we realized that we needed to change our poems. After that day Sam took the camera home to film things back at her house, and she brought it back and we started editing.

 

                The editing process was simple, yet long. It was very time consuming, but the experience was very fun. Just learning how to use the software and experimenting with the filters was very entertaining.  So to sum up the experience, I had a great time filming and I loved and appreciated the outcome.

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What Annoys Me….

-Daniel Rose

WHAT ANNOYS ME….

                Is kind of a topic which contains, sad to say, many things I can elaborate on; however, I will keep this response to art as specific as possible. To start, these opprobrious viewers and their uninterested, retarded feedbacks just give me a cringe in my stomach which I cannot relinquish because unlike a regular stomach ache, there is no cure. The majority of people within our society nowadays don’t appreciate art for what it truly is, and when they do comment it’s as if they portray it as a joke. Art is supposed to be a cause of unreleased emotions or ideas; it was never meant to be ridiculed. I mean if you like it then you like, but if you don’t you don’t. Why is the matter always come down to the fact that the artist was stupid for making a certain creation? A lot of great creations are not the most inventive or eye-catching things known to man; I mean Marcel Duchamp signed a urinal and called it art but that doesn’t make him retarded.

WHAT ANNOYS ME….

                Another itching pet-peeve of mine is directed toward the fact everyone has this keen belief that anyone can create a good piece of literature. The reason most classic literatures are so famous is because they were someone’s original ideas, but nowadays every new book I see is usually some kind of supernatural creature falling in love. It irritates me so much to see an idea taken and used to the point of annoyance. I long for a good modern piece of literature to be of a different genre than romance. I’m not saying I don’t appreciate it, I am simply stating that I’m getting tired of it and I want something new. I am simply stating that I am annoyed.

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To One UnknownBY HELEN D…

To One Unknown
BY HELEN DUDLEY
I have seen the proudest stars
That wander on through space,
Even the sun and moon,
But not your face.

I have heard the violin,
The winds and waves rejoice
in endless minstrelsy,
Yet not your voice.

I have touched the trillium,
Pale flower of the land,
Coral, anemone,
And not your hand.

I have kissed the shining feet
Of Twilight lover-wise,
Opened the gates of Dawn—
Oh not your eyes!

I have dreamed unwonted things,
Visions that witches brew,
Spoken with images,
Never with you.

This poem has a certain extreme rise and steep drop portrayed in each stanza. It almost illustrates a scavenger hunt which the hunter has risen to its highest point of success then realizes, “oh it’s just a tree”. I say this because in each stanza Helen names these beautiful objects such as stars and the sound of violins, but then completely turns the feeling around when she says something like “but never you”. You can obviously tell that the person she was looking for was completely hidden from her. Jus reading this kind of makes you want to ponder on the question, “Who is she looking for?”

 

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by | July 12, 2012 · 3:01 am

I Am!By John ClareI am…

I Am!

By John Clare
I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
I am the self-consumer of my woes—
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.
I long for scenes where man hath never trod
A place where woman never smiled or wept
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.


John Clare obviously felt, or saw, some kind of rejection when he wrote this poem. It is quite interesting, the way he portrays loneliness and loathing of others toward a certain individual because he is so vivid to the extent that it is quite hard to think that he didn’t go through rejection. In his second stanza third line he says, “Where there is neither sense of life or joys, but the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems…,” it seems he attained a certain goal or dream and the people around didn’t quite support his decisions. But overall excellent poem with  and very simple flow of rhythm. I also used this particular visual because the music creates an atmosphere of sadness and depression the pictures do as well, and i believe that this best portrays the cause, or meaning, of the poem.

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by | July 4, 2012 · 1:34 am