When Art and Writing Come Together…

Something beautiful happens. Instantly both aspects become one powerful work of art, at least I’ve always felt that way. I have to admit this opinion could be a bit biased since I am Graphic Design and Writing major but I’d like to think that’s not the case. Poetry is one form of writing that I’ve always respected and enjoyed created myself. The video I found recently that merged art and poetry was like the holy grail for me, I absolutely loved it.

The video features a poem written and spoken by Shane Koyczan who is also known for his contribution to the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Vancouver. The video is part of the To This Day Project which was created to raise awareness about the long-term effects of bullying. The video focuses on Koyczan’s life and his experience with childhood bullying. His message is that the effects of bullying do not go away once a child grows up, it still effects them even when they are older. To say the least it was a really moving poem and I think that actually having the visuals just added so much to this piece.

I feel that if people are able to visually experience something rather than just reading about it or listening to someone talk about a subject it will have a greater chance of sticking with people. I think it’s easier for us to actually see the problem rather than hear about it. Then again I am more of a visual learner so once I again I might be biased on this.Another aspect I really liked was how several different animators and motion artists contributed to this project. According to the website, tothisdayproject.com/, each contributor got a 20 second sequence so there were good mixture of artists. I thought that it way a great way to see different interpretations of this piece! I thought this video was really cool and I wanted to share it with you guys! I will put a link to the article on this below and the link for the project site is above for you to click on! I hope you guys like it as much as I do and that you share it with others 🙂

Article:http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/poet-creates-haunting-visuals-lasting-effects-bullying-182946009.html

My First Film!

Hey everyone! School’s OUT! Since this blog was part of a class requirement I’m not sure what to do about this blog from here on out. I think I might keep blogging for a while and see were it takes me now that I’m in the routine of doing it. I might even start posting some of my own stuff on here, who knows! For now I’m going to share the stop-motion animation movie that I made for one of my classes this semester. One of the rules was that it had to be one minute per person. Meaning if two people made a film together they’d get two minutes; since I decided to make a film alone I only got one minute. This was my first time making any kind of movie so even though its not that great its a lot better than what I expected. Enjoy!

Something to look forward to…

I’ve recently been working on a making a film for school and I’m kind of proud of it already but it isn’t done yet. The project due date is the next week, so once I fine tune it and add a couple more things I’ll  post it here and see what you guys think. In the mean time I wanted to share the video that inspired me to make  stop-motion film. Once I saw this video I really wanted to give this whole stop-motion thing a shot and I’m glad I did. This video is much better than mine but since it inspired me I wanted to share it with you guys in the hopes that you’ll be inspired too. The video is by PESfilm and its called Western Spagehtti. They have a whole bunch of other awesome videos but this is the first one I saw and it really inspired me. So without further ado here it is!