Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Project Development: First Phantasmagoria After Effects Test



In a modern world filled with the gory excitement of such masterpieces as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Shining , the usual phantasmagoria fare of cut out Skeletons and Vampire Bats rarely fill our hearts with terror as much they probably used to. Victorians however were actally doing some pretty creepy things in real life - one such thing was post-mortem photography. Where a dead family member - sometimes an entire family  - depending on how horrific the incident- would be dressed up in their finest clothes and posed as if alive. 

Using some Post-Mortem photography quickly sourced from the internet, I've attempted to put together an  early attempt the content I'd like to use in my phantasmagoria projections. The result is pretty rough. In theory the image of the child will appear as ethereal, misty image on the surface of what I'm projecting onto. That will work of course, but the video above is lacking a lot of dynamism at the moment. 

I think making the image more abstract could work, so its only in small 'blink and you'll miss it' moments that image takes full shape. More to come...

4 comments:

tutorphil said...

How do you combine bricks and ghosts?

Answer...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stone_Tape

tutorphil said...

Oh - and it's a green light for the 5 40" plasmas for ND 2012! The actual screens as objects are 96cm wide, and they'll be on free-standing supports - and obviously running in a line at eye-height across the back wall - which sort of gives us a filmstrip effect to work with already... so, I can well imagine these zoetropic idents flipping their way across the screens;

Some more ref for your perusal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKEM5sYnOjE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDtQm-Qlmao&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiYNqPThZBY&feature=related

Tom Beg said...

Oh no! I wished that you would be successful in getting those screens! What horrible fate awaits? :-)

tutorphil said...

You have 2 wishes remaining, Thomas - beware!