After some serious frustration, I scrapped my original idea and decided to do something a little different. I drew a lot of inspiration from Hans Richter and Lydia Tomkiw while planning, and decided to draw on the idea of experimental film as an expressive extension of music. I plotted some themes and ideas I wanted to express, and then brainstormed the most effective ways to put them across. After asking myself “WWND?” (what would Negativland do), I decided to re-appropriate video.
I had to learn Final Cut since I never used it before. It was actually pretty intuitive!
I went through the archive.org film stuff they have. It took a bit longer than 2 hours but it was worth it since I found way more usable stuff than I could fit in this project. My name is now permanently attached to the google search “fetal pig dissection” though, which is kind of weird.
Final Cut time. Snipping the clips, doing a few tiny color corrections and messing with them a bit (not too much though, I chose the clips very specifically for their aesthetic qualities). Transitions were what took the most time. Growing up I watched a lot of skateboarding videos, and I always liked the fact that they were edited really carefully to the music in the background. I really tried to do that in the same way that folks like Fischinger kept the tempo and mood of Liszt, except I used appropriated video instead of animation, and post-punk rather than Liszt.