After consulting, the choice of music seems to be a problem. The current one is a bit club-sounded. It needs more strangeness and Alien sound elements.
So I decided to browse more music options, here are 5 selected scores that I think is suitable.
Below is the visual sequences in the video: simplicity to complex, to Simplicity again
“The Thing” is an experimental and generative video art with the use of simple chemical reaction in milk, which depicts an alien’s lifecycle abstractly. The autonomous chemistry not only creates chaos and but also free imagination based on individual’s experience and background.
In this stage, the proposed work, in URL link below, is prototype 1, not final and still in the process. The design treatment and editing are going to be more polished in the final work.
Before starting actual filming, I went down art friend and supermarket to purchase acrylic, food color, milk, cups and ect.
Because I couldn’t find very liquid acrylic. Instead, I have to dilute the paint by myself. And I also prepare food color to try out, as I had the experience of mixing milk and food color before and want to see which medium is better.
Oli is to create bubbles and resemble alien’s big eyes. And dish soup like a catalytic agent is able to spread out the paint and create movement.
In the end, I kind find out that food color is actually better than acrylic paint, in terms of saturation and effect. Acrylic paint intends to sink down and after dropping in dish soup, the color will not be as saturated. But acrylic paint can create minimalistic kind of effect which is also usable.
I also noticed that I need to started small with one or two color, because after a while, the all the colors started to blend and became ugly. After mixing too many colors, it become messy and ugly.
After Effects Composition
All forms are composed in After Effects by simple masking and mirroring effects. I also inverted the color of footages to match my styleframes and moodboard.
Screenshots from After Effects composition
Motion Composition for testing on media wall
Next step, I will film more footages next week and try out adding some visual effects
Having done some test shoot, I finally decided I will go for creating illusional creature with milk and paint.
It is been experimented by others for a lot of time that if you put paint and dish soup together into milk, it will create amazing effect.
The oil will create bubbles that will constrain paint into a sphere.
Test in post production
By mirroring 4 footages, it creates a nice patterns but lesser creature.
By only flipping once and feathering the edges, the visual becomes more lively and organic.
By twisting its hue, it gives more Alien-like look
It describes a birth of “The Thing” abstractly from nothing to complexity, and finally to nothing again, which indicates the nature of life.
The intention of Zine project is to seek my own identity through the essence of Chinese culture – Food. We have developed a complicated custom, which is deeply based on food and determines our social behavior. It also rooted people to the soil they live on, as it is capable to produce abundant food. Especially during Chinese New Year, the reunion dinner calls every Chinese to return home and celebrate a brand new year with plentiful food.
To make the layout more interesting, I introduced elements like lines, and shapes. It also balances with and unifies the photographs and text. And all the elements are offset for the reason of dynamic composition.
Color and Mateial Testing
In this project, I have learned a new software InDesign for the first time. I also had a chance to try different ways of creating a booklet, which is an enjoyable experience. What’s more, I’m quite interested in playing with images and typography to make a lively and dynamic composition.