17-Day Shorts Write Up (Illustrated Journal)

Day 1 (Alice Dunseath)

This film was made in memory of the mother of the filmmaker’s friend, based on a road trip the filmmaker and her friend took to find David Hockney, in Bridlington. Although at end of film, revealing that they found the home of Hockney, but never actually knocked on the door. The adventure they took was an expression of grief, and their need to to find a coping mechanism to handle the passing of mother, and this trip is what they felt they needed.

Day 2 (Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky)

In this piece, a woman lies on a bed, resting in place for quite some time. The film is titled The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, this brings the purpose of linking meat consumption to the patriarchal systems of oppression. The film uses liminal and meditative audio/visual elements to create a ritualistic cycle of existence. What this film does particularly well is inspiring viewers to simply think and consider.

Day 3 (Evelin Stermitz)

While watching the Rooftop Short, directed and made by Evelin Stermitz, in the display room, I felt a great sense of something ominous. The woman who appears to pop in and out of the video gives almost a ghost like feeling, which gives off the implication that somebody dear to the filmmaker had passed away. What really stood out to me in this short film was the music played with it. I’m not certain what instrument or computer application was used to create the music, however, the powerful delivery of the music set a very dark and melancholy tone to the whole piece.

Day 4 (Eduardo Yagüe)

This film is an illustrated poem created by a collaboration with Matt Mullins, an American poet, and electronic literature, who provided Yagüe with music, voices, and poem used in this film, whereas Yagüe mainly focused on creating the illustration for the video. This video was created in dedication to Eva Levina Rozengolts (1898-1975), a soviet artist whose photograph was incorporated into the credits of the film.

Day 5 (Ellen Wetmore)

In this film, the maker of the film uses the sounds of the ocean waves crashing on a beach as the main soundtrack. From this, I take that Wetmore was aiming for a particularly quiet and calm tone to her film. She has many focal points in her work, one of which is the woman in the moving picture on the right. In this picture frame, a short clip of a woman, sitting in the park on a blanket, most likely having a picnic, with the company of a severed head. This to me creates the illusion that perhaps Wetmore was aiming for a sense of fear a nightmare of some sort.

Day 6 (Roland Quelven)

I felt a particularly ominous presence from this video. There was definitely a very dark mood tied to this piece. What really drew my eye in this video is throughout the whole film, the quote “To Measure is to Know” is printed on the top. This gives the implication that perhaps the film was created with the purpose to inspire viewers to seek knowledge in their lives.

Day 7 (Michele Manzini)

This video was exceptionally long, it consisted of 5 different scenes. Each of these scenes carries a different theme and meaning to it. What stood out in all these videos was the quiet tones they each carried, using this method I felt a lot of my creative thought flowing about what the meaning of these scenes could be, and what they meant for Manzini.

Day 8 (Eden Mitsenmacher)

To me, this felt like a music video, about a girl to be particular. In my view, this video depicts the struggle of finding love with someone else and overcoming loneliness in the world. The filmmakers use a lot of colorful elements in their work such as the background pictures of the beach and fish, and the floating colors moving in their background help viewers capture a sense of harmony and rhythm.

Day 9 (Alysse Stepanian)

The graphics used to create this film are definitely what allow it to stand out from the rest of the other films in this volume. This video was used as a metaphor for our modern day society issue, such as climate change, ongoing wars, and how they will only continue to diminish our planet if we do not act on them and do something to resolve these issues.

Day 10 (Andrew Kaufman)

Unlike the other pieces in this volume, this piece is merely one illustration rather than the usual short films. This is clearly a psychological illustration, used to convey social issues our society faces today. The shattered glass that carries throughout the image helps tie the image together, it allows fro viewers to enter the composition through one end if the illustration and exit the other in a very smooth motion and rhythm. A fun fact I learned about this piece is that it was intended to be played vertically, rather than horizontally.

Day 11 (Samuel Blain)

Blain created this film as an interpretation for what people described their dreams to be. The idea was to recreate what it was people he asked dreamt about, then to present it. The way he did this was by using object track, thus overlapping the interviewees’ faces, leaving their identities anonymous to viewers.

Day 12 (Barbara Matas)

The basis of this film is to explore the issues around female gender identity. Due to the art style, that Matas chose for her film, I feel a very strong resemblance to Hannah Hock’s Dada art. For Hock also used multiple body parts and objects to form objects in her work, much like how Matas is forming her characters.

Day 13 (A.H. Jerriod Avant)

This film captures the idea of chaos and things that truly frighten the human consciousness. The photographs Avant uses move chaotically, not caught by rhythm, which creates a statement invoking the chaos around us. The speaker is nervous and distressed. This film becomes another film with the underlining topic of social chaos, and how it is destroying our society.

Day 14 (Raquel Meyers)

Meyers uses a unique art style with a very retro-computerized feel to it. The art style is very attention-grabbing, after watching the video 2 or 3 times, it took my mind back to when I used to spend my childhood weekends using an old Atari system to entertain myself on late nights. There is a lot of movement in Meyers’ piece, which engages the audience quite a bit. I definitely felt this piece was worth watching more than once.

Day 15 (Silvia De Gennaro)

This film was a very interesting piece, the filmmaker appears to have used a photo collage, music, and moving lights and colors to recreate her travels through her own eyes. From this video, I learn that De Gennaro’s art sparks from her emotion and feelings, rather than a realistic or scientific place in her mind. I found this music to be quite catchy, which is what keep me engaged with the film, along with all the moving characters in her piece, it gave me the sense of a symphony is some ways.

Day 16 (Wiley Aker)

Aker uses the idea of psychological landscapes to create his film. Overlapping multiple different video pieces over one another, including bit and pieces from military cameras. A main point I drew from this film was the relationship between America and it’s involvement in constant war, to the point where the sounds of war and destruction have become merely background noise in our society.

Day 17 (Naomi van Niekerk)

This film was highly interesting, it was done completely using charcoal, which spoke to me on a personal level since we had begun using charcoal in my foundations class. From what I remember seeing in the gallery, the charcoal depicted the story centering around death.


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