Poor Ophelia: When you’re excited about editing footage

Here’s a song I love and a video with it that incorporates my favorite things: water and black & white film.

This video really inspired me to push my film further and realize that maybe I don’t have to work in graphic design because I’m pretty decent at film editing, colouring, and such. I highly suggest the film “Frances Ha,” it is a great coming of age piece that really captures a lot of different emotions, with some excellent angled shots. Very much in the category of Beginners.

Yesterday I shot for my next project. I love the process of shooting and setting up lighting for the scene. Probably should do that in my life but for now I’ll make cool art pieces.

I am slightly obsessed with Hamlet’s Ophelia. The iconic painting of her floating in the water is haunting in a beautiful way. She is also fabricated by the patriarchy that she is surrounded by. Her actions watched, and looked upon by this society. I wanted to play off this idea by use of advertisements. Many magazines are just ads for the viewer to look at and feel desire. No matter what the product, it is often over sexualized and a body image that is impossible to reach. Mainly because it is PhotoShopped. I know this because I have PhotoShopped my face and I don’t even look recognizable; and I just changed the size of my lips and erased my skin.

Thus, I wanted to have this “Ophelia” fabricated by our society. I created a pool of water with magazine pages ripped out and made this interesting environment. I still have to edit the footage and of course add sound via Shakespeare but I thought I would share my production.

We used the RED Epic. We are actually in the process of getting a RED Dragon which is super exciting since I will be using the same camera that Gone Girl was shot on. But anyways. I’ll be putting the footage into RED CineX to color the RAW footage then into Final Cut Pro X (even though I’m not a huge fan of it) and working from there with editing my sound an such.

Here’s a still from the shoot.

Still from Ophelia

Gallery Opening!

My art gallery show was a success! Luckily having a gallery showing at the student union is made easier by responsible people in charge but man, working towards it can be difficult.

I did the show with two other girls all based around the same idea of a monotype, water based ink. It’s actually very interesting how its done.

You must have water-based ink that usually is prepared in big canning jars (its basically watered pigment) and then you take a piece of plasti-board (flattened out , really thin PCP pipe). You then almost splatter the ink onto the board much like water color. Then you let it dry overnight, get your paper wet and put it through a press to get the image onto the paper. It seems complicated but it’s really not too bad.

Even though I’m an art and technology major, I still love printmaking and was so happy to be able to have the opportunity to get chosen for the gallery! There is a blog in Gainesville called “Gainesville Art Makers” that shows artist’s by their work. We were featured on the site!

Below are examples of our work and an image from our show!

One thing I do have to say about doing group shows is that you have to have patience and a good work ethic. It took a lot of deadlines and irritation to put it all together.

It’s worth it in the end, for sure.