did you watch the video from this post yet? i wanted it to have its own post, without saying much. so here's some of the stuff that i experienced along with that little video....if nothing else, GO TO HIS SOLO SHOW, happening for only ONE more week. details are at the bottom of this post, or right here.my professor ryan woodward is one of the most inspiring professors i've had at byu. during the summer, he made that short film.
from his website, he explains it as such:
The birth of “Thought of You” came from my desire to unite several of my passions into one art piece. Figurative works, 2d animation, EFX animation, and contemporary dance. Put all three of these forms together to support a theme centered around the complexities of intimate relationships…and whalaa, “Thought of You” is born!
Rather than creating a narrative animated piece that communicates a well defined story, this piece allows for each individual who views it to experience something unique and personal that touches their own sensibilities.
the video was password protected for a few months, but i had the code, so felt like i was able to revel in its beauty by myself for a while. well, you know...myself plus the good number of other students/faculty and family of his who saw it.
i've watched it over and over since and it's still intriguing and breathtaking. i hadn't posted it on my blog yet, because even though it got 40,000+ plays on vimeo in just 3 days when he released it to the public at the beginning of december, 73,615 by december 9, and now 488,806 views on youtube, i still felt like i wanted to personally show it to those whom i think would love it and appreciate it fully for all of its beauty before i let it go, even though he had. not like i had anything to do with it at all or any control over it, but somehow i still feel part of it is mine. i think that's why it's so magic; i feel like most people who view it feel the same thing.
it's also really cool to read all the comments from various people who have viewed and shared in it. in general, after i make an opinion or analysis, it tends to stay that way. however, each time i read another interpretation of this film, my opinion is swayed, changed, and opened to lots of different possibilities. it's quite liberating; i feel like every time i talk to another person about this little film, i have an expanded idea of some aspect of life expressed in that 3-minute animation. its accompanying ideas are as organic as the movements in the film itself. it's interesting to have an interpretation that breathes life.
the show is exquisite; i've never seen anything quite like it. it includes a lot of his figurative works, as well as the animation and full documentary. i loved seeing both, because i've taken his gesture drawing class, where we learn to draw quick poses like the ones featured. if you're a human and you're reading this, do everything in your power to go check it out! it's only up until january 28--there's less than a week left! people have traveled long distances to see it, and rightly so. it's in gallery 303 of the h-fac on byu campus. you should also see the clip from the behind-the-scenes video, which is the second clip here.
to find out more about conte animated, here's the website.
because i have those same passions that he mentioned, it was easy for me to fall in love with this animation. but it is so much more than that. and it speaks to everyone (not just artists) in some way. well, everyone who is open to it.
it's cool that there are some languages that speak to the entire human race, because of our shared experiences. we all have experiences, coupled with raw emotion, and it's amazing when one can capture so much of that intangibility in one poignant piece of work.