Survey of Animation: Concept of Abstraction

Kinetic Abstraction:

The Abstraction of a biplane in coordinated flight patterns.
I want to take the on-the-ground view of an older biplane-type air craft and translate that into abstraction. The overall paths and arcs that it makes in the sky as almost complete shapes that can trail off into new ones as the others fade in and out with the sounds of the engine. The quick rotations of the body of the plane as rotations/distortions in whole shapes as it travels its paths in the sky. The beauty of it in the sky and the terror of it closely grazing the ground shown with shifts in color and size. But overall, I want this to be a representation in shape and color of a choreographed flight; like one you would see at an air show, and the feeling of excitement you get from the stunts preformed. The references I with to use for this specific idea are a combination of both air show flights from the 90s and 2000s, and old war footage of test flights and aerial combat maneuvers.

Jules Engel has a similar idea to my thought of kinetic motion in my idea with his abstract film “The Meadow”. In this film he shows the abstraction of things such as children playing; with their laughter aiding in the change of the shapes. The motion of water in a pond and the way it ripples outward, and the tire of a bicycle turning and the small clicks it may make as it moves aiding in the abstraction. In his piece “Train Landscape” there is a sense of speed and relative time passage. The motion of the train is abstracted into a fast moving and blurry, yet still slightly identifiable image of lines. The sound of the train tracks are a driving support of the imagery, but the diagonal lines and film-like shapes at the beginning really help set up the theme of the motion .

Stan Brakhage explores the kinetic theme in his piece “Mothlight”. For me the entirety of it has the feeling of the representation of a group of moths flickering around a bright light of a porch of a muggy evening. The high speed of the frame rate helps in translating the rapid motion of a moth’s wing in flight.  In “Unconscious London Strata”, while it may not have been the main intention, there seems to be a focus on the movement of city lights and the abstraction of the hustle of city nightlife. Almost as if from the view of one whom is dazed by its overwhelming life and motion.

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