The Art Process for Those Curious Pt. 2

It’s been a few weeks since the first entry in the project diary. Over that span a few characteristics of the project have evolved.

1. It’s becoming more narrative than originally imagined. – I had thought that this would be much more abstract than its turning out. After going through three days of editing what i’ve shot, I can see more narrative than anticipated. How weird is that? I was going out and shooting abstract, but I’ve gotten more narrative. Is it just something that’s more engrained in my mind? Not sure. However I have a hunch that it has something to do with the next point:

2. I’ve shot some cool frames that I’m proud of. These clips have influenced the direction of the “shortfilm/vid.” – I had remembered this graffiti riddled tunnel from my days as a YMCA Summer Counselor. I would take some of the kids down here to play in the creek and go exploring. As I revisited the tunnel, I found it amazing how my surroundings were a HUGE influence on where my artistic eye was drawn. Thoughts and ideas immediately raced through my head as soon as I arrived. It was incredible. It was worship.

Which is really what this whole video is about right? I’m putting this out there in an effort to try to worship God through film(ing).

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Here’s a screengrab from one of the shots.

In the next few weeks I plan on pushing forward with some writing for the voice over planned. It’s not going to consist of nothing but questions asked, but finding the right questions is what will be challenging.

With the voice over, I’m also scouring different sermons that friends have sent in. It’s pretty laborious listening to every single sermon (over 15 so far) and pick out different clips that could function well within this project. Takes quite a bit of time.

In any case, I’m having fun. This is good. I’ll keep you posted.

Onward.

 

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Sidenote: Should I call this a youtube film? since this is inevitably where it will end up? I also have no intention of any festival entries or what have you. This is purely for me to exercise creative abilities and perhaps for my small audience to enjoy my work. Anywho. I’m having difficulty catagorizing this piece.

Creative Void: Reflections on a World of Creative Lack

What of a world that lacks creativity? Such a world—if it can even classify as such–what would it mean to us? French philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes, famously started doubting the most obvious beliefs about himself and the world around him. His grand hope was to find a premise—a most fundamental belief—that could not be denied without self-contradiction, and would serve as a basis for his epistemological system of thought.

Madness!

There is little that I can think of that is more maddening than reaching such a place of frustration that you begin to deconstruct all of the thinking things you think. What sort of mind? What sort of genius does it take!? It’s the creative potential that boils and overflows in some people.

But what of a world without creativity?

Let’s, in Cartesian fashion, start from our most basic beliefs about the creative world and work our way backwards. Subtract the cars, the computers, the boats, the chairs, and the houses. Similarly, we can’t forget to remove our canine and feline friends, the atmosphere, and all the stars and planets too. In fact, we have no place in a world lacking creativity. I’ll let you continue the trend as far back as you can possibly imagine. Maybe yours ends with God, or maybe it ends with an eternal universe. Possibly you trace it back to absolutely nothing; back to a creative void.

Just as much as a world without creativity is a non-world, a life without it is a contradiction in terms. What would I be without any creative potential? There would in fact be no I to be. It’s not just that the world would be grayscale, or that I would sink into some deep depression. Working with and recognizing these sorts of concepts and states-of-being require just the creative possibility I wouldn’t have at my disposal.

And this is truly maddening.

 

“The Beginning of a Project Diary” or “The Art Process for Those Curious.”

I need accountability. I need motivation.

And wouldn’t it be cool for some to peer into the creative (and perhaps collaborative?) process that goes on within the realm of art?

Hopefully my diary will be better than Gandhi’s

This venture will include the a periodic posting on this blog giving the details on the progress of a video project I’m starting.  It will account for all the struggles, successes and thoughts going on as I navigate the creative process. You want details? Okay. Here are some details

Details: Lets get down to details. I want to explore worship through video. Music seems to have taken a foothold within worship culture, but I’ve not found much in the way of compiled moving images.  I’m envisioning a 10 minute video with an abstract narrative with beautiful photography. Music and voice over will be included as well. Those are the details.

I’m currently looking for : Good sermons. Good Music. Good Questions. A good name for the piece.

I will accept any and all help during the process. Be sure to comment!

The Soul Crushing Facts of Artistry

No one will pay for your artwork. No one will pay for your creativity.

I, of course, mean this is vastly the case and is not the rule.

There is a creative industry.  Companies will hire creative people to do work for the company and couples will hire photographers and videographers to do their creative craft. That’s not what I’m talking about.

Let us talk art. As we mostly (always) do.

Specifically, art that means something personal to the artist. A piece of work meant solely to be enjoyed in and of itself to no end other than to be experienced. Paintings, sculptures, novels, music, plays and films (in their purest of forms.) Vast amounts of these are made everyday.

Nobody pays for it. Nobody sees it. Nobody cares.

Which, some will argue, is not the point. We’ve had a sequence of posts dedicated to the point of how some believe that art  is more for the benefit of the artist than the audience.  That may be true in some respects, but I would retort that the benefit that any artist may feel would be multiplied tenfold by having an audience in place to receive his or her work.  And the fact that art takes time and energy means that.

This experience has been a really tough, soul crushing, transitional epiphany for me. and it has caused depression.  Something many christians don’t seem to understand is how important art is for the artists. If they cannot create, if they have no one to witness their art, then it can cause a defeated attitude and a questioning of purpose.

When I was a lad, my dad surprised us with a playstation 2 for christmas, and we had no idea this was coming. I was elated and we played the heck out of that thing. I am sure there is a gift in which you could relate a similar feeling. Now, imagine, as hard as you can, if you received that gift, but you could not use it, could not enjoy it, could not share its use. Imagine the frustration that would set in. Imagine the eventual sadness, anger, and perhaps, if you desired this strong enough, how depressed you would be.

I also think of what God thinks of my wasted talents and desires. I think of the parable of the talents as an example. I would say he desires growth, risk-taking, and use of talents and gifts. So it is even more frustrating to figure out what this looks like in a life with a job, marriage, and church taking a bulk of the time.  Am I letting God down?

I say this so that you might be able to recognize an artist, and understand, that perhaps the best thing you could do to show them love, is to ask to see their work. To ask what it means to them personally, to explain why they chose to create their piece. To show value in their persistence and toil and work.  And most of this article is just an outlet of my recent frustrations and hopefully the beginning of a healing and maturation process. My talents are not being used how I originally thought they would. So what does it look like?