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I'd actually rather if you went to the actual website and watched it in full resolution there, but if you're lazy and don't care about the quality of my work, feel free to watch this crapalicious embed.


Magpie from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

This assignment was really about finding instances of light reflecting on surfaces, so I had a whole configuration that didn't work out, so I had to modify my plan and came up with this. Came out pretty well.

Music: Patrick Wolf - Magpie

Shot on: Canon HG10

Frustration incorporated

So I'm supposed to be shooting a video right now.
Today was a big fiasco because I had to go to home depot and buy a gigantic pane of glass for $110 and was planning on taking it home in my car by putting the top down and just having it hang out, but of course it rained so I had to rent a friggin van to pick it up in. My friend Kyle helped me carry the glass into the house and put it in the basement, which is where I planned to shoot.
Flash forward to about an hour ago - me going downstairs to get set up to shoot.

Quick synopsis of my video: the assignment involves light and/or reflections, so I took a song that had two voice parts and shot a lipdub of me singing one part. I was then going to put the glass in front of me and project the first video onto the glass over my face and lipdub the second part so that both images would overlap.

I started shooting the first part last night but my camera died before I got a take that I really wanted so I went to go downstairs just now and realized that even though I charged my camera earlier today, I forgot to turn it off last time I used it, so it's dead.

Also I started setting things up to shoot the 2nd part of the video and I figured out that there's not an electrical outlet within 15 feet of where I need to have my projector. I also don't have any extension cords. So I'm going to have to shoot the 2nd part upstairs, which isn't so bad because I'll still have the texture of the basement wall in the projection, but that also means that it was a waste to get the glass because I can't lug it upstairs by myself and the girls won't be able to help me either. And on top of the waste it was to get the glass, it was a waste to rent the van to get the glass in the first place.

So I've been just sitting here for the past 45 minutes waiting for my camera to charge and I'm feeling uncomfortably frazzled. I also was attempting to write a history paper earlier, but wasn't getting anywhere on it, so I decided to just turn it in late because I had other stuff to do that I'm not getting done right now.

I'm ready to be done this semester but I know I have so much stuff to do before that happens. I just want to lay in bed and play video games and watch movies and cuddle with a japanese ibex.

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Lost and Found from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

We had to take a continuous shot and tell a story of something lost and maybe found.

Shot on Canon HG10.

Music: Ólafur Arnalds - 1953

Special thanks:

Travis - Sad guy
Siobhan - Body Pillow, Chihuahua Wrangler
Monamour - Celebutante Chihuahua Extraordinaire

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Market East from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

The assignment was to shoot inconspicuously in a public place to see what kind of choreography and moments would emerge.
I think that was it.

Not really sure why the aspect ratio is the way that it is. Must have happened when I exported it.

Also, any camera movement was because I had the camera sitting in my lap so as to remain inconspicuous as I shot. The movements are from my breathing.

Shot on Canon HG10.

Music: M83 - In Church (Ben and Cyann Version)

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Cutout from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

This one is paper cutouts on glass.

Music is 'Leaving' by Goldmund.


It took me 6 hours to cut out all those pieces of paper and 13 hours to shoot.

so

It's 1230 and I'm working on another animation for school. This one involves paper cutouts. I've been working for about 5 hours and I have a little over 8 seconds out of 30 done. Phew. No sleep for me tonite.

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The assignment was to use camera movement (dollying, tracking, booming, panning, etc) to reveal the space that you're in.

Music: Helios - Free Soil


Grocery from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

PS, I unfortunately had to scale the quality of this video way down to get it to fit on Vimeo. The actual file is in glorious hd resolution. Sigh.

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The assignment was to create a new way to hold a camera. I borrowed a little from the 'Snorricam' made popular by Darren Aronofsky in Pi and Requiem for a Dream.
I strapped the camera to my chest while walking around St. Peter's Church in Philadelphia.

Music: Dollboy - Last Night I Dreamt Someone Loved Me


In Church from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.


In other news, at this angle, I look like Admiral Ackbar.
Snow? But there's still class?

What the fuck, UArts.

I'd have no qualms about cutting today and just pretending that I couldn't 'commute' (I actually walk to school), but I have a meeting with an advisor about the Italy thing today.

*sigh*

At least I slept well last night. :)

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Overwhelmed

I am so far behind on work this week. I don't even know what happened. It didn't help that I had to do that ridiculously time consuming bolex assignment. Here's what was involved with that:

1. Shoot a section of film that works as a time lapse: study something that takes considerable time to happen. Shoot one frame every so often by using the formula: Time of event in seconds divided by the number of frames you want it to take on the screen = how many seconds per frame. Try for something around 20 seconds. For example if you wanted an hour long event (3600 seconds) to take 10 seconds on the screen (240 frames) you would divide 240 into 3600 to get one frame every 15 seconds. Make sure the dial or the lever is set to “I” (for Instantaneous) NOT “T” (for Time) so it doesnt hold the shutter open and use a shutter speed of 1/40 sec. on the light meter Check your meter if you’re shooting at sunrise or sunset- the light changes quickly
2. Tell a story with a fixed camera by shooting one frame at a time. Again use a shutter speed of 1/40 second and make sure it is on “I” . You can play with pixillation if you wish. 30 seconds.
3. Take the camera off of the tripod and try shooting a different image for each frame. 1/40 second on “I” again. 20 seconds would be fine.
4. Now switch the single frame setting to “T” for Time Shoot in a dark room, open the aperture to f 4, and move a light so you can trace something out in space while the shutter is open. Do this three hundred times (a little over ten seconds) and see what kind of patterns you can make by thinking about the relationships between one frame and the next. 10 seconds!
5. Shoot a double in the camera following the directions in the manual. Don’t forget to make a note of your footage before you shoot, then disable the clutch, put the switch to M, cover the lens or close the variable shutter, and then rewind to the footage number you’ve noted. You give each exposure one stop less light than usual. Try to shoot the same amount each time. 30 seconds
6. Shoot two shots that you think might look good superimposed in the flatbed. Give each image a little extra exposure: 1/2 stop. 20 seconds each.

I just wanted to point out something in part 4 of the assignment where it says "Do this three hundred times". Uh, what? And for those of you who aren't familiar with the properties of film, we're running at 24 frames per second, so those parts that involve single frame work to last 20 to 30 seconds, we're talking about 480 - 720 individually shot frames. Um.

So it took me about 11 hours to do this assignment. You might be thinking that's not so bad when I have an entire week to complete the film, however I don't own a Bolex (nor does anyone in the general populace who is under the age of 95) so I had to borrow one from school. Equipment reservations are from 3pm on one day to 11am the next. Essentially, by the time you're allowed to pick up your desired piece of equipment, the better part of the day is already gone. Also adding to the irritation is the fact that this is shot on a reel of actual film so that it has to be done on one reservation, so I couldn't have done half one day and then reserve a camera for another day and continue. So yeah, 11 hours in one day.

But I digress. On top of this film assignment, I have 2 videos to shoot by tomorrow morning as well as a rotoscoping assignment that I put off all week and now have to finish tonite.

I've just been all over the place this week, I feel. I had Eakins rehearsal on Tuesday night and any other free time I've had, I've been running around. I applied for my passport, but found that I didn't have a copy of my birth certificate laying around so I had to go to Camden's city hall yesterday to get a new one.

I still haven't done my taxes. I still haven't reapplied for financial aid for next semester. I have to drive to Jersey tonite to get a new phone because mine is broken. I can't get my car out of the garage because I forgot to pay my monthly and they cancelled my card.

In better news, I'm going to NYC to see Eddie Izzard with suddhadvaita tomorrow night, so that should be fun. Dom is also coming over tonite for homework club and chinese. That means I have to clean my room though. I have cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment laying all over the place in there, in addition to the broken glass that I still haven't cleaned yet.

Whoooo.