I filmed some of my sketches near Qatar academy where I found a lot of ants near the trees, but in the weekend I wanted to see if I could film better quality videos in our backyard at home. one of the difficulties with filming with my iPhone was that my hands were shaky and I couldn’t follow the ant without it getting out of the frame every second. I looked like a creep.
when I went to film at home I wanted to try and film with my canon camera because I thought it will allow me to get nicer shots but it was a disaster, it was a hundred times harder to film with the camera than to film with the iPhone, it was so heavy and it made my hands shake even more. I don’t think that a tripod will help me much since I need to be close to the ground to be able to film and follow ants with my camera. So I borrowed a mini tripod to stabilize the phone and it worked better to film the ants close up. I filmed better more stabilize footage and tried to edit it in an interesting way. At first, I thought I’ll just use only one piece of footage where the ants were picking up little pieces of rocks and throwing it out to build their nest/house. but then I decided to use some other footage that I thought is worth including in my video and used the footage where I followed the ants.
I had no idea of what kind of sound that I could use but then it was suggested to me that I try and make my video funny by using sounds that are similar to what they use in parody music videos without music. and I”m glad that I tried it because it was hilarious and I enjoyed making this short video and making it a fun experience.
Initially, I wanted to be in a group but after long discussions, we didn’t completely agree on one idea or a theme so I ended up choosing a completely different idea than the group and the ones I had. In the end, I decided to work individually and do what interests me without the restrictions of being in a group.
After I decided I didn’t want to be in a group, I was inspired by Stan Brakhage, “Mothlight” video so I decided to film leaves and insects from our backyard and see if there is anything interesting that can come up from this idea.
My first video sketches were of some dead insects and a dead bird, I thought of making my content about dead insects and gross people out but then my sketches were not that interesting to me. So out of all the dead and alive insects that I filmed, I found out that the ant video sketches where the most interesting, since ants move in a fast pace and it looks like they don’t know where they’re going. They look crazy.
- after effects exploration: experimenting with animating illustrations. For this I’m thinking of an under the sea theme, example:
- space theme animation video: illustrating and animating different planets.
- experimenting and playing with effects and filters on space images.
- music video: group idea.
- Gifs: group idea where each person will choose a topic and create a Gif like video.
- experimenting with animation on top of real images/videos, example:
- typographic video of a random funny conversation.
I think that the process of making a zine by hand made me fully understand how to design a booklet and how the spreads and pages go into the final production. At first, I was confused because I didn’t know how to think about it since I was used to doing it on the computer. Also, I think I should have planned how I wanted my zine better. but I was more focused on how each spread looked and was more focused on the details and where each image will go, where I should put the text, what color combination worked better with each other and for each spread. I also tried to make my zine very simple and minimalistic, which was inspired by Japanese art and compositions.
Topics I’m interested in:
- psychedelic art
I chose mythology but I wasn’t sure of the specific topic I wanted to explore, so I did some research and narrowed it down to three possible topics: mythical places that exist in real life, dragon myths in different cultures and Japanese myths/ Japanese mythical creatures.
After further research on Japanese mythology, I chose to make my zine about Japanese creation myth, which is the story of Izanagi & Izanami.
As for how it will be part of a series of zines, I’m considering making this zine either:
- Focusing on the creation myth and adding some small side stories to complement the main story. since I found some stories that can be considered a continuation of the main story of Izanagi & Izanami.
- Comparing myths from other cultures that have the same general theme. Like in Greek mythology.
- Make the topic of my zine series about Japanese myths and in each issue, I focus on one aspect of the myths, for example, for the next issue I explore the different Japanese mythical creatures.