Saturday, 18 February 2012

WATCHING CARS ON A DVD


5 comments:

Hermes said...

Well that's a bit unusual Lucy. Excuse me if I have some time out until I feel better.

Toffeeapple said...

Erm...what's going on?

Country Mouse Studio said...

How unusual :O)

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Hello Hermes, Toffeeapple and Country Mouse. Not a popular offering today?

I like this picture (clearly or I wouldn't have put it here!) so I'll explain why.

The film showing is 'Cars Two'. (Recommended - though you might need to see 'Cars' first to enjoy it to the full.)

Maybe you don't think one should photograph a scene from a film? But skill and artistry go into the making of objects as well as moving images and one wouldn't hesitate too much about taking a picture with a cup in it if the way it's taken adds something, even if only briefly.

One reason I like this pphoto is that, because the film-frame is shown slightly from the side, attention which begins with the background scenery is drawn forward, along the V shape structure in the river, past the frozen cars . . . until it reaches the ' fast forward' button bang in the centre of everything - and that appeals to my obscure sense of humour. Instead of the cars zooming along, they are stopped three times; first on the TV, then in the camera, then on the screen of your computer.

One of the things which impressed me about this film is that the creators have paid a lot of attention to what's going on in the background. 'Crowds' don't just stand still. The cars shuffle and look around, just as people do. The animators might have decided this wasn't necessary but they didn't . . . So the absence of movement and interaction suddenly seems poignant, despite the lovely colours (bright, graded and subtle too) which one is able consciously to focus on while everything is still.

I also like the way the darkness of the room merges into the underside of the bridge so the control buttons land precisely on the black bridge-support.

The film was paused by chance at that point, I didn't choose it . .

. . . . but . . . I went for my camera!

Hermes - I hope, very much, that you will be very much better soon. You have some tough times.

Toffeeapple said...

Thanks for the explanation Lucy. I haven't heard of the film so was a little confused, it doesn't take much.

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