This project began with 500 of one-inch thumbnails, regarding the topics of Anomaly, Balance, Contrast, Rhythm and Texture — 100 thumbnails per topic. From these sets of 100, ten were selected and enlarged to three inch by three inch thumbnails, and from those, one image from each category was enlarged to five inches by five inches.
The goal here was to get used to quick idea output in big quantity. Without spending too much time on each thumbnail, the students were trained to see the general image of the theme through the intuitive sketches.
The second phase was to choose and edit the thumbnails from the previous step. I studied the tendency and the similarity that each theme embraces. I decided to edit each10 images as one consecutive movement. Then I realized that it can be a stop motion animation, so the plan was naturally devoted to the direction of traditional projection.
The final aim was to integrate the images of previous two steps into one image. I paid attention to create images with strong statement that if a person has 5 words and 5 images in front of them, they can match correct word and image together without struggling. Then I laser cut the images on 3/4 inch plywoods.
555 in 1
I wanted to develop this project further, incorporating the knowledges about traditional projectors and animators that I learned in the Wintersession class.
I decided to create films that represent the 500s and the 50s, five boxes that represent the 5s, and a projector to display the films.
The 500s is printed on transparent acetate sheets and cut into strips, then contained into negative film roll cases.
The 50s were hand drawn on acrylic hard plates, imitating the phenakistoscope plates.
The 5s were made into wooden boxes that contains film roll cases of the 500s. The lid is the laser cut images of the fiive.
I researched about the projection techniques from various countries. I combined the phenakistoscope, the magic lantern, and the Edo-utsushie to make my own projector.
The box is made out of black 3/4 soft board. I used the magnifying glass for the lens, and the strobe flash light for the light source. The slit makes the acrylic plates able to rotate so it creates a projection of phenakistoscope kind of motion.
Unfortunately, the documentations of animation process were lost due to technological issues.