“Moving image attempts”

Some time ago we had a task of creating a charcoal-based short animation. I’ve created an “aubergine family” video—and I quite enjoyed it. It took me a few hours from start to finish, using a simple sheet of paper taped to the wall, a camera taking shots after each adjustment, and a willow charcoal. Once I’ve photographed all the stills, I’ve imported them into the Photoshop and created a slideshow.

You can see the outcome here:

Since I wasn’t completely happy with the first animation, I’ve decided to have a go at creating another one. This time I did it at home. Same technique, but this time I was trying to make the “shaky” effect that I’ve seen in some animations of moving picture artists. I’ve drawn a few versions of each slide, so that I could alternate between them and make the frame “shake”, but it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. The effect didn’t look right, perhaps there need to be even more versions of each slide. The idea was to improve the first animation, but instead I’ve ended up with something even worse in my opinion. I guess I’m just not an animation “natural”… at least I know now—I learnt by trying.

This is what I managed to make the second time around…

After that I lost my patience with animation, and after a talk with one the tutors I knew that my next motion picture will be a real footage. I was told that I can edit the original footage, and hopefully—if time allows me—also add an artistic input by modifying the stills and importing them back in. However, due to lack of time, I was only able to edit all the different videos on Youtube into a new one (video editing takes much longer than it seems!)—with the plot following the lyrics of Battle of Cable Street by an anarchist band The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

I’ve found the video very strong, as it shows the real footage of what happened on one October Sunday in 1936. In short, the fascist party was supposed to march through parts of East London, only to be stopped by crowds of local people opposing the party. They have created a human wall, and barricaded the street in order to stop them from passing. There have been numerous injuries and arrests but the police, but at the end they succeeded in what they set out to do—the fascists had to retreat. It is a powerful story, and I’m glad that I  had a chance to find it in my research (while browsing the Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author).

Here is the final edit:

I hope you liked it too!


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