Trip to Austin, New Icosacomposites

Icosacomposite Video

Jut a quick blurb, last week I was in Austin visiting the folks, and took the opportunity to shoot two icosacomposites. The first hopefully will blend construction, traffic and jogging as some quintessential Austin movements for this particular era; the second caught crowds of students on their way to 9:30 class at the University of Texas. I haven’t processed the videos yet, but here are some shots of the process.

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Vimeo Album of Cinema Icosacomposites

Icosacomposite Video, Linguistic Deconstruction

Continuing on my Cinema Icosacomposite project, I’ve now managed to composite 32 movies and compress them for upload. Fun fact: when you composite The Godfather to a run-length of only 8:51, the Quicktime file is 37 GB. That’s pretty damn huge. Fortunately it squishes down to 675 MB. Yay H.264 compression!

I can’t upload all the videos at once, since there’s a weekly quota on Vimeo, so I’ll simply post a link to the album I’ve created on Vimeo that will eventually contain all the composites. I’ll also put them up on YouTube, but I prefer Vimeo for my hosting needs.

Park Street Short Icosacomposites… or “Intervals”

Icosacomposite Video, Infrastructure

Yesterday I went down to the Boston Public Library to talk with the print curator about my installation for the Rethink Ink exhibition for Mixit Studio’s 25th anniversary. While I was downtown I decided it was a good idea to continue doing icosacomposites on the MBTA Red Line. I got a good location and was rather pleased with a couple other placed to shoot when both a subway train driver and two MBTA officials told me I couldn’t lay my camera down on my backpack as if it was a tripod. I could hold my camera in my hand and that would be acceptable within the letter of the law.

I was a bit surprised by this, because the station manager at Alewife hadn’t said any such thing during our conversation, but I’m not there to be an asshole to T people. Fortunately, I had shot 40 minutes of footage already, which is good enough for a 120-second standard icosacomposite. I haven’t generated that one yet, but it will be up shortly.

So I decamped and went down to Downtown Crossing and made sure it wasn’t terribly obvious I was shooting video. Of course, another problem cropped up—the 64GB flash card I was using to record on was just barely fast enough to keep up with the HD footage I was shooting, and would periodically panic and shut down the recoding process. So—note to self—use the faster 32GB card or buy a better 64GB card. I managed to piece together 40 minutes of Downtown Crossing footage, but I was kinda miffed about my snakebit day of recording.

So I went back to Park Street and decided to shoot some handheld footage. I like to prop the camera as it’s recording because I want near-perfect overlap, and I’m also shooting 50 minutes of footage. For handheld shooting, I’d be wobbling around a bit no matter how still I tried to stand, and I wouldn’t be able to hold the same pose for more than ten minutes. But those kind of limitations usually mean something interesting will come from the attempt. And so, two thirty-second hand-held icosacomposites were born:

I’m calling these “Intervals”, and these are “adjusted” versions, in that I tried to remove as much camera drift in AfterEffects as I could. I will be generating and posting “raw” versions, with no drift adjustments, to see how the two versions feel.

So… look for those raw Intervals and standard icosacomposites for Downtown Crossing and Park Street next!