Yup. Fridays are DEFINITELY for making GIFs.
Did a little thing with Agenda NYC
by Kim K.
We love GIFS. They make us laugh. They make us cringe. We’ve made some pretty stellar ones after long meetings and late nights — today’s inside joke. But while we like making our own GIFS we really appreciate the art of GIFS from all of the other GIF-makers out there.
So we started to look for these artists. A zillion of tweets ago, we came across GIFRIENDS, a group of talented GIF-makers and friends. I (not-so-secretly) wanted to be friends with them. Their name alone said we were destined to be friends.
As you know, I’m a big fan of Collaborative Art so I thought it would be fun to try a collaborative GIF. The idea: each group would provide images to work with and each group would “GIF-a-fy”, and send them back.
Here’s where we landed:
Judith Slaying Holofernes - Artemisia Gentileschi
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What matters is not composition but instrumentation: the way the sounds are treated, layered, lacquered. The reverberation of analogue synthesis as opposed to the cleanness of digital recording. Random experimentation. Mistakes. I watched as Ed, stealing sounds from the pits of tenement piping or the cacophonous mass of his industrial orchestra, collected raw material for his own brand of aural alchemy.
In strict opposition to current trends in movies, I wanted to tell a story as quietly as possible. The result, in every aspect, is a minimalist film: from Julianne Moore’s courageous simplicity and Alex Nepomniaschy’s immaculate camera, to the bristling composure of James Lyons’ cutting and the quiet force of Ed’s music. This restraint provides spaces for the person watching, resulting in a film that cannot be read literally. Instead, the steps we take toward understanding Carol’s illness are weighted with a sense of the inexplicable – of a mystery unfolding. Ed’s music plays an essential role in that mystery.
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