Working in Layers

Spring 2013, Lecturer: Mikala Hyldig Dal, TA: Ayman Abou El Kheir

'''chimera (noun) ... a DNA molecule with sequences derived from two or more different organisms, formed by laboratory manipulation. (Oxford Dictionary)'''


Project description: In this course we will study the principle of moving-image compositing, reviewing the history of the technique and examining its potential in practical exercises. An inspiration will be the visual language of medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch distinctive in its organic combination of image-subjects from different sources into new forms. We will translate the collage-like work mode of the artist in exercises with moving image, experimenting with the combination of drawings, video-, photo- and animation images.

Objectives & Structure: We will look into the various possibilities of working with and combining different image types through physical and digital compositing. Rather than, as in film, using image sequences that have been created by live action in front of a camera, we will work with the moving image in collaged form, extracting elements from different sources and combining them into one frame. With the mode of collage artists like Martha Rosler and DADAists in mind we will cut with digital scissors using video material instead of paper. In our course students will research the form language of Hieronymus Bosch for their sketches; we will create mixed-media collages on paper; we will assemble the individual parts in single-object films; finally we will compose individual movie sequences into a shared scenery. The final outcome of the class thus will be a collective media installation.

Project aims: Students will train their ability to critically analyse and practically re-formulate the visual language of other artists. Students will get a hands-on feeling for the process of compositing through practical exercises of analogue character. Students will contribute to a collective work and train their collaborative skills along with enjoying the participation in a final product of a high standard.

Keywords: Collage, Image analysis, Compositing, visual re-appropriation, digital/analogue / TOOLS: Manual (mixed media), After Effects, keying, live action, green screen''

Group 1: Monday, 2nd slot maclab

Group 2: Monday, 4rd slot maclab

Assignments lists:\\ Physical compositing, green screen recording, keying, digital compositing. '''Final assignment: Do a collage with moving images in the style of one of the following artists: Hieronymus Bosch John Heartfield Martha Rossler


Week Description Homework
WEEK 1, Feb 10 Introduction lecture, Hieronymos Bosch and the Digital Chimera
WEEK 2, Feb 17 Lecture, presenting progress of assignment 1, Tutorial: Motion tracking Physical compositing (present progress)
WEEK 3, Feb 24 GREEN SCREEN live action, students have prepared individual concepts - we meet in the green screen room in C3 Physical compositing (progress)
WEEK 3, Mar 3 GREEN SCREEN post-pro tutorial Keying / Physical compositing (progress)
WEEK 4, March 10 Tutorial: Layers and Effects in After Effects Keying / digital compositing (Experiments)
WEEK 5, March 17 Tutorial: Motion tracking in After Effects Digital compositing (Presentation)
WEEK 6, March 24 Tutorial: Rigging the camera in After Effects Homework: Motion tracking
March 31 No Lectures
WEEK 7, April 7 Tutorial: Formats, transparency, export Digital compositing (progress)
WEEK 8, April 14 Concept presentation of final project (storyboard, time plan, practical experiments so far)
April 28 no teaching (individual meetings during office hours, please make appointments)
May 5 no teaching (individual meetings during office hours, please make appointments)
Week 9, May 12 pre final presentation - 10:30 Maclab
Week 10, May 19 10:30 MACLAB - Final presentation, single projects. Hand in all projects as editable After Effects project folders (edit>collect files) and as a Targa image sequence with an alpha channel.
June 12 Presentation of collective video installation (Final presentation 8 semester)

Course Weights: Class Work 20%, Assignments: 40%, Final 40%