April 27, 2010

Sherlock Holmes in the Case of the Mysterious Mystery

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 8:39 pm

For my Giant Stories/Tiny Screens final, I decided to revisit the mashup. My previous mashup combined a 1940s public service announcement with Night of the Living Dead–which worked very well because the juxtaposition of two opposing themes (giving money to the United Hospital Fund vs. zombies) is quite funny. So, for this project I decided to do something a little different– take a whole lot of the same thing, splice it together to see if it makes sense (or becomes funny when the formulaic elements are obvious). I took six episodes of the 1954 television version of Sherlock Homes and mashed them all together into one bewildering episode.

Sherlock Holmes in the Case of the Mysterious Mystery from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

March 30, 2010

A Call for Help

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , , , — *aly* @ 11:09 pm

The title of this assignment is “Remix.” And so, remix I did. I used footage from archive.org (really one of my favorite web sites) and mashed-up a few public service announcements from the 40s with Night of the Living Dead.

So very very much fun to do! In fact, I feel like I might have a knack for this kind of nonsense and will probably make some more things like it. (Zombies!!)

A Call for Help from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

March 7, 2010

the Commute

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens — Tags: , , , — *aly* @ 2:49 pm

For my Giant Stories/Tiny Screens midterm, we were taxed with creating a video using Korsakow–an opensource software program that can be used to create non-linear videos. The idea is to make small narrative units that can be randomly (or somewhat less randomly) pieced together. A viewer is presented with a main clip and then he or she can choose the next clip from a variety of options. The author assigns keywords to the clips that define the order (or groups) in which they are presented.

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January 31, 2010

The Panic on McGuinness Blvd.

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,Portfolio — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 3:04 pm

The assignment for GSTS was to see how short we could make a video that still tells a story in three acts… mine is 27 seconds including the opening and ending credits. And this one stars Leon and Dione.

I shot this using my Fujifilm finepix f40fd and edited in Final Cut with a little bit of animation in After Effects. (Felt like the credits needed a little shake to match the rest of it)

The Panic on McGuinness Boulevard from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

November 8, 2009

Our Lady of WWI

Filed under: Frame by Frame — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 10:20 pm

movie_thumbnailThis animation is an imaginative re-edit of a movie from WWI filmed by the US Army under service conditions in France. The original movie tells the story of American involvement in the war. It presents a heroic and idealized version of events–the allies are heroic, the Americans save the day. Despite the patriotic tone, I found the footage to be very sad. The loss of life in this war was enormous and seeing some of these men in a moving image was startling to me.
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August 6, 2009

The Boardwalk Encounter: Sins of Coney Island

Filed under: My Favorites,NYC: A Lab of Modern Life,Portfolio — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 4:52 pm

Well, here we are, at the end of my second summer session course. And here is the final project. I collaborated with Paul Galando. And an awesome time was had by all. The assignment was to create a 2-5 minute video inspired by NYC and either “a sidewalk encounter” or “private vs. public life.” So, clearly, we opted for the encounter option. We created a film noir style movie trailer for a movie (starring, filmed by, produced by, and edited by us… with great art direction/film help from Leon) so that we could run around Coney Island looking mysterious and dramatic.

Happily, it was an overcast and drizzly day, so everything looks particularly dismal. Just the way we wanted. And so… without further ado, the trailer:

The Boardwalk Encounter: Sins of Coney Island from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

July 29, 2009

The (parrot) Maze of Doom

Filed under: NYC: A Lab of Modern Life — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 7:38 pm

This assignment was to create a performance art piece in public. I opted for an easy out and roped Paul and Chloe into helping. So, two people with birds on leashes and sidewalk chalk… yes, that simply *must* be performance art by default.

We were supposed to come up with a list of rules to constrain and direct our pieces… and somehow, mine turned into a list of ingredients instead. Of course, you’ll have to watch the video to find out what they are.

Parrot Maze from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

July 19, 2009

Lost and Found (a little bit of public art)

Filed under: NYC: A Lab of Modern Life — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:29 pm

For my public art piece, I used the milk crate I found for inspiration– and decided the theme of the project would be lost and found. I took my milk crate to McCarren park (with Riley and a couple of freinds in tow) and set it out near a clear patch of sidewalk with some chalk. I put two signs on the milk crate that read: “what have you lost? what have you found? (in NYC) use a piece of chalk and draw it!”  Then we settled on the grass across the path from the milk crate and watched the art happen. Except of course, it didn’t. Not even a little bit.

So, we picked up the crate and chalk and moved to a new location. Where we encountered an awesome kid who wouldn’t stop drawing. His enthusiasm attracted more people and … voila… public art by the public. (in a very very small way… but none the less…)

I documented all the drawings and then took a walk around the park. When we came back there were at least four or five additions. So, we took off again… but alas, on our return, the crate and chalk were gone. Happily, the crate is bright yellow, and we found someone using it for a foot rest. (I also documented that.)

I got the crate back (after explaining to the guy that I wanted to make sure it didn’t get left in the park) and we departed happy in the knowledge that it only takes 4 hours to get sidewalk chalk stolen in NYC.

Here’s the video:

Lost and Found from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

June 24, 2009

the final… more jitter fun

Filed under: Video for New Media — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 10:03 am

For my VFNM final, I decided to play around with the chromakey component in Jitter. I created a video that condenses one evening out clubbing into about 5 minutes. So, in the Jitter patch, I used a web cam to grab live video of the people viewing my piece (flipped it horizontally, so it was more like a mirror), then chromakeyed that live video. Wherever the colors in the audience matched, the clubbing video showed through. The idea was that the audience was revealing their inner club kid. Most interestingly, the more people crowded together, the better the clubbing video could be seen. This created a strange intimacy vs. crowd dynamic to the piece.

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June 15, 2009

Playing with Jitter

Filed under: Video for New Media — Tags: , , , — *aly* @ 9:35 am

My first Jitter patch turned my laptop into a virtual Riley. I took a video of Riley running around his cage talking to himself (of course I edited the audio a bit to take out the gaps so he would have uninterrupted chatter). Then the patch plays the video with no audio until it gets input from the microphone, then it plays audio… the effect? Riley starts talking if you talk. Just like real life.

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