// www.chrisgavin.com: 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas 2005


This year's Christmas card. Design and Flash artworking by Freya (aged 5)
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Video: 'M25 Timelapse Test'

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I'm keen to use my DSLR camera for the purpose of making some hi-res timelapse films. Here's an early test showing classic 'traffic trails'. I set the shutter to about 2 seconds, then fired off the shots using the continuous shooting mode, i.e. by holding the shutter release button down.

It's early days, and some kind of cable or timer release device for the camera would be preferable. There is a timer remote from Canon available (Canon TC-80N3) though I understand this would need to be modified to fit my Canon 350d camera. I'm exploring options available at the moment but would welcome any comment or advice from readers with experience in this area...

Thursday, December 22, 2005

New Vids on the Blog

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Well here goes. I've finally figured out how to add movie files to this blog. The above image is clickable and should trigger a short QuickTime movie. I've implemented this after finding some fantastic advice about adding video clips into the Blogger template.
Big thanks to Svein Høier and Jon Hoem (Arts and Media Dept., Norwegian University of Science and Technology)for putting their tutorial online.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Photo: 'Timelapse Test 005'

I finally got the chance to take the new camera out to shoot some timelapse footage this evening. The still here is from a test sequence of fast-moving traffic shot with long exposures.

I'm using a Canon 350d; it's got fully manual exposure settings and can capture repeatedly when the button is held down. I found shutter speeds in the range 1-2 seconds give a nice motion trail but allow a high enough frame rate for coherent motion from one frame to the next.

When comping the stills back into a movie, setting the speed at 2 frames per image with frame blending enabled worked very nicely. (i.e. on twos with mixes).

If I'm going to do any more more of this, I'd definitely like a remote shutter release switch. Ultimately a timelapse controller for this camera would be nice too!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Photo: 'Laser Lounge'


In the name of research I've been staying up late taking long-exposure photos of laser beams, how 21st century is that?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

A Little Less Action

Not a lot of blog-action recently hey?
Was directing a very low-budget and inevitably fast-turnaround ad piece for Sky Active channel so my 'day job' at Tandem www.tandemfilms.com became an 'evenings also' job too for a week.
That finished, then been away with family in Cornwall for half a week. So not much progress on the movie thus not much to blog about really.
Had a couple more ideas to put into the short film, hopefully I'll be posting some more once I get a chance to work these through.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Sketchbook: 'Quarry'

Virgin forest, then the road comes...
Spiraling down into the earth, forming an open-cast coal mine or mineral quarry. The extraction of natural resources...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Still: 'Paths'


A trace through the prehistoric sea. The line that will become humankind...

Still: 'Texas'


A long straight road shoots out across the plains; the arid dessert land is cultivated, first for cattle, then for arable crops.

Still: 'Cargos'


Wait at the crossing whilst a mixed freight train passes. It seems to take years to roll by (signified by bursts of remapped time); lumbering trucks with various cargos... all the fuelstuffs... timber, coal, oil, nuclear etc.

Still: 'Roundabout'


Various shots of buildings and roads constructing and pulsing with timelapse crowds and traffic.

Friday, September 30, 2005

No Time for Art

Today's the day if you're filing a UK Tax Return... Leave it any longer and the IR also expect you to calculate how much tax you owe too!
Suffice to say, I've not got so much creative work done this week while I've been scrambling around to find all the paperwork and create the mother of all spreadsheets. Hope to get back onto the movie work next week.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Photo: 'Passing By'

Shot from a train heading out of Kings Cross one evening. The elements are here...
Layered construction, buildings formed from planes. The latticework of cranes and pylons.
The parallax of scenery slipping by.

Moodboard: 'Pylons' Ref. Images

Sketchbook: 'Power' Sequence

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Making Movie

Since the beginning of this year I've been working to make a short animated film though It's not got a title yet...

Quite a lot has been done already; I'm hoping that the piece might be around 2 minutes long. I'm planning to document progress here, and invite feedback from readers.



This image is from an earlier test. It suggests some of the themes and techniques I'm pursuing. The movie would represent a journey through space and time, a road journey encompassing all human evolution from nomadic wanderers to city dwellers. A kind of 'uber timelapse' compressing tens of thousands of years into a couple of screen minutes. All elements would construct themselves on screen and possibly be represented in a multi layered or stratified form.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Retro Rugby Poster


Just completed; this poster for a local rugby tournament.
I'm becoming a big fan of the typeface 'Rosewood'. It's quite old-fashioned and rather flouncy. It's got a built in drop shadow to the bottom right, which I removed because I wanted the text to bulge forward and the drop shadows to 'radiate' from the centre of the image.
The image of a retro rugby squad, was re-arranged to give the appropriate arrangement for a 'Sevens' team.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Is there anybody out there?

Is anybody actually reading this stuff ??? or at least just passing through? This blog accepts replies, though at the moment the Blogger reply window is somewhat masked inside this frame... i.e. you need to hit 'comments', type in your response and then scroll down a bit to see the vital 'Publish Your Comment' button. You don't need a Blogger account to post a reply, if you click on 'other' you can post giving a name, or even anonymously...
BTW (By The Way) as we ITK (In the Know) LTS (Like To Say)... I've just purchased the domain www.chrisgavin.co.uk/ too, so this now points here as well as the existing www.chrisgavin.com domain. I'm expecting site traffic to double soon as a result; better get in touch with the service provider and give them a heads up ...
My fave three letter acronym ... it's TLA which stands for er ... Three Letter Acronym. Neat.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Clickable & Draggable

At the end of tonight's session, I've got the 'poematic' code working much as I had hoped for. Now, all of the words in the poem are clickable as well as draggable. Clicking sharply on any word will create a new poem based on the chosen title. An endlessly hyperlinked bad poetry slam ... ENJOY ;)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Night... Like the song... Caravan. Hypnotic jazz lurching onward, 'til the wheels get stuck in the caked-up ruts. Is that a sleigh bell or the finger cymbals from East of here?

Monday, August 22, 2005

First stop on this stream of consciousness trip...
Thought for the day, 'Let the bon mots roll.'
Set this thing up at blogger.com then I'll see if I just can't hook it into my site.
Watch this blogspace...