Purple 2 was born in the twilight moments of awake and sleep. After seeing some of Newcastle’s beautiful street lights, I felt that they would make an excellent subject to 'paint', as they turn on and just as the sun sets. The atmosphere they create reminded me of an impressionist painting and in particular Van Gough. The impressionist idea or how to create an impressionist 'light painting' style came to me in that twilight moment. I thought by filming a single continuous shot and layering…like a painter, would do the trick. Each shot would have to have subtle differences, light and focus, but by the end it morphs into an impressionist style.
28/09/2015-I’ve been wanting to experiment with filming at night - outside under some of the lamps which are littered around Newcastle. After going into the CBD last night, I saw some amazing seventies style round globe lamps. By pointing the camera at these lights I should have enough light to film in high quality - perhaps 200 ISO or 400 ISO. Furthermore, I want to experiment with a continuous shoot…no cuts. Five minutes should be enough. I also had an idea, because the lights and the atmosphere reminded me of a Van Gogh style café painting - I was keen to try and replicate this. I think by filming in the same spot, five times and overlaying the film in editing - I should be able to create an 'impressionistic' style of light and sound painting. I will try a couple of techniques, soft-focus and different shutter speeds. Success…the piece Impressionist 1 (Purple 2) turned out very well, although once I got the footage home I discovered that the camera had shifted - the first four sequences were unusable. I filmed this piece at 24fps, which allowed me to keep the ISO between 100 and 400…acceptable and I recorded the audio at 96 kHz. The area outside the Lock-Up in the CBD of Newcastle provided an excellent amphitheater. Whilst I am unsure if it was the higher sample rate or the lack of wind the sound was the best I’ve had to work with so far. It required no real 'doctoring'. In video editing, as I had worked out in my head…by layering a total of nine sequences over one another in a staggered fashion, and using different fades - I was able to create an impressionist 'film painting' style. The only issue I need to work out for the next piece is the sound…whether as I have done on this piece and let the sound double up and fall where it lands, or choose one finished audio clip and stick with it…I will have to discuss this with my supervisor.