Today I was playing around with some of my initial ideas. I began by laying out latex to make an extremely thin sheet of it which I stretched over the camera lens. Looking through the lens, it burred the image only light and shadow could be seen as if looking through a thick fog. When looking at my face through the lens no features visible. Only a blurred outline. and so I set the camera up in front of the window and film myself. I moved slowly emulating gestures I had observed when watching the dance video I mentioned last week, and as I continued moving I allowed myself to relax and let my movements become freer and combining movements of chimps and children, rolling on my back and swinging my legs in the air. The resulting video is almost impossible to make out, what I found interesting in this clip was the fact that when I viewed it my brain would try to make sense of the blurred movements and I would begin projecting different body parts and forms on top of the movements. In the same way, the brain sees faces where there isn't one, I would see my body moving differently than the way I knew I had moved it. Even though I'm not sure if I really liked the result, I feel that it was a good exercise as I was able to further explore instinctual movements as an animal, last year I would put little thought into moving like an animal, as my focus would normally be on the aesthetics, the photo the action.
Then I was playing around with some more bodily stuff, for example looking at breath speed up. Zoomed in clips of my stomach spend up as the ribs expand and the skin stretches, sped up it doesn't look so human anymore more other. There's something about the quality of a timelapse that makes me think animal. I have a little theory that it is due to watching videos like this one on nature channels, insects emerging from cocoons are always filmed this way and whenever I see this jittery style of animation I can't help but think animal.( I have no idea why they are always accompanied by classical music as well???)
My initial ideas around using skins of animals have to wait until I go home which I will do in the reading week (week 6) and so I have been thinking more over animal transformations. With this in mind, I wanted to have a go at creating this look of wild animal hair spouting from human skin. I'm not concerned with whether it looks realistic or not as these initial ideas came from being fascinated with 80's horror flick transformations. In fact, I welcome it looking a little more DIY. But one thing I want it to be is in termite more private than movies. To create this particular look of animal hair erupting from human skin, I first stretched a piece of bumpy looking latex over a frame. This really looked like something out of a horror film. Than individually threaded coarse, animal horsehair through the 'skin' with a crochet hook, with multiple hairs in place I then pulled the length of the hair through the latex slowly taking pictures every second. Then in editing compiling all the frames together and reversing the footage created this image of hair rapidly emerging from the dimpled latex skin, because of the nature of stop-motion the hairs move slightly between the frames making them look like they have come alive and the wiggle and sprawl out of the skin. It has a much more abject movement than I had anticipated but I rather enjoy this quality.