Stop Motion’s Tutorial Reflective

22/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • In this tutorial, I discussed what was working and what wasn’t in my stop motion experiments.

What went well/badly:

  • When experimenting with the stop motions, I realised that the hands weren’t as successful as using a figure. I began experimenting with the figure but I wasn’t sure how to communicate the three most helpful dreams I have been researching and their interpretation.
  • When discussing this, I came up with developed ideas of communicating my idea using a figure. I found it really useful to discuss these with my tutor as it enabled me to step back from my piece and look at it from a viewers perspective -considering what would make the communication clearer and more effective.
  • In addition, I concluded that I should make the interpretations relevant for my age group. For example, for the interpretation to confront something, I could pack a bag for university, which would show the need to confront the fact we are all moving on. I think this will be really effective.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • From the tutorial, I concluded that it is necessary to show the dream as well as the interpretation in the stop motion. This will benefit my exhibition as it will make it clearer for the viewers.
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Stop Motion Experiments Reflective

21/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • The stop motions are really quick and easy to make, however, at the moment they are not communicating what I want them too.

What went well/badly:

  • The set up of the stop motions is working well – it is clear that they are meant to show some kind of dream, it is just what the dream is that isn’t being conveyed successfully.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • To problem solve, I will ask my peers and tutors for their opinions on the stop motions I have made already, to note what worked and what didn’t, as well as what else I can do.
  • I think this will really help push my final piece along before the deadline later in the week.

Making iPad Frames

  • When I first attached the frames to the iPad encasing, I noticed the frames didn’t cover the whole screen and exposed the outer black part of the screen. To problem solve this, I made paper inserts to fit the size of the actual screens – making them all the same.
  • Another problem encountered when making these frames was that one of the frames was a little smaller than the others and smaller than the encasing. To problem solve this, I rounded off the corners of the encasing, making it look like an extension of the frame. When these are painted white, this will hopefully look really effective.

Stop Motion Experiments Reflective

20/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • Initially, I didn’t like my original stop motion because it was of myself and felt very unprofessional. To problem solve this I created stop motions using only my hands.

What went well/badly:

  • These stop motions worked well practically, however I don’t think they communicate my concept successfully. They don’t reflect my concept conclusion (dreams help solve problems) and instead only represent the interpretation from the three main helpful dreams I have been looking at.
  • They rely on the textiles I intend to create to surround the iPads, showing the dream (e.g. small mannequins falling), however, at this point in the project, I am unsure whether I will have time to create the textiles, meaning the stop motions have to be successful enough alone.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • To problem solve this, I am going to go back to filming the figure on the bed, pushing things off, etc. I believe this was the most effective in the first place, and, as the hands aren’t working well, should be reverted back to.
  • Experimenting with the hands has benefited my development for my final piece, however I have learned that these stop motions are unsuccessful and I should stick to the original stop motion idea.

Exhibition Space Reflective

18/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • In the Wildman gallery, there is only one plug socket that isn’t on the ceiling. Luckily, I’m the only one who needs a plug socket to be on the wall so this is my place.

What went well/badly:

  • Unfortunately in the gallery, we are unable to screw anything into the walls. My iPad frames need to be attached to the walls as they are too heavy to hang. They also need to be constantly connected to a power source to ensure that they don’t die.
  • To problem solve this, I have decided to attach two wooden rods onto the back of my bed side table. The iPad frames can be screwed into this and a groove can be made in the back of them to hide the charging cables.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • This addition to the piece will tidy the wires and make the piece look better and fit into the gallery space well. I can paint the wooden rods and the frames white to blend with the gallery walls.

 

Motivation for Final Piece Reflective

17/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • Today I felt really unmotivated regarding my exhibition and final piece.
  • To problem solved this, I discussed with my peers what I could do to make my piece more inspiring, to encourage me to motivate myself to create it.

What went well/badly:

  • This worked really effectively. Milly noted my passion for textiles, so she suggested combining textiles into the piece between the iPads. This could be felt with miniature sculptures or small mannequins sewn into it that translate the dream, while the stop motion animation translates the interpretation.
  • This would mean that the iPads depict what the dream means, and the abstract textiles would suggest the dream that the interpretation is taken from – the action of the dream.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • Discussing how I felt with my peers encouraged me to continue working when I felt unmotivated. This has pushed me forward and motivated me.