I decided that I wanted to take the photo topic and do something without any people. Part of this is it’s hard to coordinate with people, and part of is that I wanted a challenge. I wanted to actually make something that held up to the idea of the class as “storytelling.” The last rule I made for myself is no editing at all. I managed to follow this. It was hard, and I couldn’t really get a shot with decent white balance of the computer screen in the time I had, but I made do.
So I can’t use people other than myself. Where do I go from there? This came from a conversation in the living room of a coop. I had already been thinking about how our stuff can tell us things about ourselves for another project. Then, someone fortuitously mentioned googly eyes and it hit me: I’ll try to humanize objects using googly eyes and tell a story with it. I didn’t have much time available to me, so I decided to try to stretch that concept as far as I could by telling a short story.
I kind of feel bad for the treatment my computer has been getting. A lot of things are broken, and I’m making do for now. In a sense, I guess this is remixing some of toy story and Wall-E. That’s not coincidental. I used pixars 22 guidelines of storytelling to help form my story. In my notebook, I copied down the template for rule #4:
#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
I ended up deviating from the original template I made involving a calculator because I didn’t have the books I wanted to use. Telling a story of the main character’s ethical struggle and wondering if he’s going crazy proved to be problematic. Also, writing and drawing on the calculator display isn’t easy. I don’t want to try that again, even though it’s more convenient to white balance.
Seriously, screens mess with white balance. I don’t know my camera well enough to get a decent photo of a screen without using photoshop. Making the no editing rule for myself was a pretty bad idea as you can see in the Sad Apple photo. The screen is ok, everything else is orange. I should have taken a photo of the apple upside down with eyes ontop. However, that came too late. I might take more photos later to fix this down the line, but for now this is the draft that I have to push out.
Googly eyes are amazingly convenient. I would like to use them again in the future. They’re great for humanizing objects, and I might do an entire set with them and oddly shaped objects that have parts resembling mouths. However, I will definitely avoid devices with screens. They’re too much of a hassle to white balance until I learn to match color temperatures better. It’s still hard for me to understand how a scene with complex will look before I take a photo. The LCD display on my camera isn’t very reliable so I have to learn how to predict this.