Friday, February 15, 2019

Ink Ocean, 2018 - best performance yet

Direct Link: Ink Ocean

Ink Ocean is a poem that I still like to perform around town. Sometimes John Oughton can accompany me, and that is very special. This was videoed last Summer, in August 2018, at Glen Hornblast's Words and Music Jamboree at The Tranzac Club.

The camera focussed on the curtain at the back, due, I think, to the string of lights. So I had some slightly blurred footage and what more invitation do I need to begin playing? Pixel Film Studios had an Ocean Template generator which looked too inviting, so I got it and it works with the poem I feel. I can see this generator being great for Tidal Fury! Also added a cropped FCPX Glimmer generator. And a MotionVFX mTransition called Smoke. Oh, and a free video that I found on YouTube, a Black Smoke Green Screen effect. The sound is 'as is' from the camera mic.

I do love to play with effects - one of the benefits of having no video training! It's fun to create a palette - a sort of slow moving painting - around some of these pieces. They take so darned long to make that it's not something I can offer freely to others, unfortunately. I've been asked by the wonderful Peggy Lampotang to feature at an Author's Afternoon in early June 2019 (see my website calendar for details) to talk about video poetry. Looking forward to that - and hope to inspire some writers to learn video and explore what they can do with their clips.

My hair is now just-past-chin length and I look different though almost nobody has noticed! It's kind of nice to see my long hair here.

Hope you enjoy.Thanks for watching!

The Official Version of INK OCEAN is here (one I tinkered with for years and recently did the voiceover for, so it IS finished!):

My website, Art and Writings of Brenda Clews:

Links to FCPX effects mentioned above:


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