Over the weekend I discovered a trick with my camera, with DSLRs by detaching the lens and flipping it around I was able to make it into a microlens. In doing so the focus is very limited and in order to film, I have to be right up against the subject to film. Even so, the focus is still flawed as only small elements of the frame are in good focus the area around this spot is blurred, however, this isn't really a problem for me as is adds to this ambiguity. I wanted to capture some shots of skin and hair super close up in detail. I had a plan to pair them with shots of the fake hair sprouting from the skin. I liked the idea of extremely intimate shots of the human body paired with animals and transformation, to communicate the metamorphosis on a more personal level. Though out this process of filming parts of the body in this way it dawned on me how truly abject it was. What once was smooth looking skin is now a dimpled hairy landscape filled with blocked pores, bits of dirt and leftover makeup. Beautiful and interesting yet repulsive. I particularly liked filming mouths and eyes because even though these are very distinguishable human features at this closeness they don't look anything human at all, it could be anything. what would it be like to film this way on an animal, would there be much of a difference. I'll be sure to take my camera home when I go back for week 6!! In the meantime, I might have a little go at filming some meat, eg chicken with skin on? how will it compare?
Next, we have my attempt at making a prosthetic pig snout, heavily inspired by Sherman's wonderful makeup in a past post. I began by sculpting with clay onto a plaster cast of my face, I created a relatively long snout as I had found from research it was most effective and made for a much more pig-like profile. After letting the clay dry overnight, I then layered tones of layers of liquid latex over the clay can cast to create the prosthetic. There were some minor problems when making this, 1 there where some cracks in the clay which needed filling so the prosthetic no longer sits as flat, I opted to dab on the latex with a sponge instead of a brush, which made the piece have a rather bumpy texture that I wasn't so keen on. I have the option of going to the casting workshop at uni and seeking help to create a better one. But I'll give my rather shit cast a chance and see what it looks like once I've attached it to my face and had a second opinion. As with Sherman's piece lighting and makeup can really make or break the look. Having said that I'm not entirely sure I'm going for complete realism here, it's more about the idea of being a big anyway....I think.
Going forward I plan to dawn this piece, in the installation room, and play around with some different lightings, perhaps book out a projector and play with having my bodily clips in conjunction with my stumbling around as a pig?