The Film is FINISHED!

Morphopodia: A Strange New World in Our Own Back Yard is FINISHED!  There are only a couple of little things that need to be done (as in, getting and adding logos from funders from EMMEDIA) and it is completely done!  At 18 minutes and 24 seconds, the thing is huge!  It was definitely a major undertaking, and I have realized that there is, in fact, a medium that is slower than textiles.  (I love fibre, but sometimes I wish it was a little more efficient.) Film is even less efficient….. 4 months of work to get 18 minutes of film.

But, overall, it is what I wanted, and I think it looks good for my first film.  There are definitely areas where I know my skill is not up to where I’d like it to be, but, over all, a success.  See what I mean below…

Anyway, here’s a clip!  In the finished film, there’s clips on most of the Morphoids, poop, bones, and eggs, eye witness accounts, and an interview with myself.  There’s only a couple things I didn’t get to do that I wished I could have… a Morphoid Petting Zoo, and the “Eggs” clip would have been better with the easter egg hunt footage, because as we all know, the Morphoids lay their eggs around Easter, and depend on small children mistaking the eggs for Easter eggs in order to migrate.  Anyway, Foraminifera.

Just in time, too…. I leave for Gushul in less than a week! Lots to do, lots to do!

Scuttle, scuttle…. and the Providing Universe

This is one of the tiny animations I spent the day doing.  I don’t know what takes more time- animation or video work.  Notice that textile practices, while time consuming, are not included in this ‘contest’, because they, at least, usually produce a tangible result directly related to the amount of effort put in.  I feel like I can spend the day filming, or animating, and still end up with nothing, or at least nothing usable.

Anyway.

I spent the day taking care of a few things, and doing some photography and animation in Fish Creek Park!  I always feel a little self conscious out there with my camera, tripod, Morphoids, backpack full of tools (fishing line, scissors, giant bulldog clips, needles, and bug spray), and of course, wagon to haul everything in, and today was no different.  Although today WAS different.  A woman, out walking her dog, asked me what I was doing, so I explained.  “I’m actually making a short stop-motion animation…” and she looked confused, but I showed her some of the photos on my camera, and she understood, and we ended up having a little conversation about what I do, and the Morphoids, and I gave her a pamphlet. (This is why I carry them everywhere.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, a pamphlet is priceless, and it does the remembering for you!)  She seemed to enjoy it and was very pleasant to talk to.

It’s funny to me, because just the other day I was talking (complaining, is probably more accurate) about not having many chances to talk about my practice and what I do… and here, an opportunity walks right up and asks me about it!  The moral of the story: Ask and ye shall receive!  And that much stranger, because in the last couple of days, I’ve been reading Julia Cameron‘s Letters to a Young Artist, which I had bought a couple years ago, but never really read.

Page 63: “Once we begin looking for the universe to support our creative dreams, the universe is very inventive and even humorous in how it provides support.” And then she describes “needs” such as space, and increased visibility, and examples on how the universe provides- by “being asked to participate in an open mike event” or “getting asked to house-sit a loft.”  I verbalized wanting to talk more about my work, and along came the opportunity.  Not exactly what I was expecting, but…. fulfilling, all the same.  Funny how that works.