So after reading Cutting the VR, I kept thinking about the focus point of a photo and where are audience’s attention are drawn, especially a panoramas. In particular, I was playing Google Pixel with my friend earlier and we found a lot of interesting tricks when taking a panoramas. Before, one person can only be at one spot when taking the photo. But, a panoramas allows people to present several times in one photo by taking just one shot! This is exiting of how we can tricks audience’s attention and playing around in between the space and time.
So, for this week’s assignment, I found a photo that I took during the break with my friends. Before taking the panoramas, we planed out the composition and even the storyline which we did not noticed while doing this. By rotating the camera, a lot of my friends moved around according to the camera perspective. By looking at the result, it was a bit tricky to find out there’s only a fixed amount of people in the photo; however, it looks like there was a double amount of people in the photo. Also, a panoramas distorts the time and space that tricks our mental at first glance which we can’t hardly tell the starting and the ending point. Well, we can sort of find out if the panoramas is not compiled smoothly.
This is another panoramas that I took earlier, which is playing with time and space using Google Pixels. Taking a panoramas by using Google Pixels is different than Apple iphone. This panoramas is taken by several images from different angles and later puzzled up into one.
Interestingly, my observation just refers back to the reading, taking a panoramas is similar to the idea of the Hero’s Journey (image below). By sliding different layers, the dots on each layer is actually not moving but the composition is different everytime. So, this makes me think of by sliding different layers, there could be so many versions of stories in one space and one time! This opens up the possibilities of playing with the time and space!
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I was having conversations with one of my friend the other day about the format of videos that we are seeing and people are exploring nowadays. The media had developed from 2D, 3D and even now 4D, computer graphics, and virtual experiences. So, the format of storytelling has transformed to a non-traditional way.
We found a group of artists called AES+F, they are a group of artists create non-linear story but at the same time is super hyperrealistic and strange. It somehow contains the aesthetic of those ancient paintings. The video like this is another way of storytelling which does not have a clear storyline but somehow contains message behind. On the one hand, this video is somehow challenging people’s aesthetic, and their societal perceptions, as well as their understanding of the purpose behind the videos.