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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.

New Video 2

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.

New Video

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.


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.



So I'm in the process of shooting an assignment for my film class. The reason i'm able to shoot and post at the same time is because we're doing time-lapse footage where we shoot single frames of something that would otherwise take a long time. I figured I wanted to film ice cubes melting in a glass. Estimating it would take about 25 mins or so, I used some simple algebra to figure that in order to compress 25 mins into 10 seconds of footage, I had to shoot approx one frame every 7 seconds.
So here I am, with my fucking Bolex, clicking the shutter button once every 7 seconds. I've been at it for 28 minutes so far and I'm pretty sure I'll have to go a full hour because it's not really melted anywhere near enough yet.
But shit damn, this is effing boring.

I already accidentally dropped a glass and shattered about 2938472349823 tiny pieces of glass all over my bedroom floor. Freakin hardwood niceness with its non-shock-absorbing properties.

New Animation

Sand from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

This one is done with sand on glass.

The music is The Funeral by Band of Horses.

Admittedly, it's only 10 seconds looped over the first section of the song, but we only needed to have 10 seconds done for my homework assignment and what I have here took about 7 hours to do anyway, so I wasn't really in the mood to go overboard when I didn't necessarily have to.

What do you think?

Experimental Animation

Here's an assignment I just finished for my Experimental Animation class.
It's scratch on film technique, where you take film stock and use a razor blade to scratch into the emulsion.

54 Cymru Beats from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.

What do you think?

Video #3

I'm shooting my next video in about 6 hours and I'm feeling really anxious/nervous about it. This is the first one I've done this semester that involves other people, so that might be why. There's also a lot of factors that I wasn't able to plan out ahead of time (ie: various speed and timing things, how long people will be in frame, how I can keep them in frame, etc.) so that's definitely a reason why I'm feeling anxious.

I tend to not like counting on people to help me with projects, because last semester for my film final, I had 11 people tell me that they'd help and all but 2 backed out, causing me to scrap my original idea and go back to the drawing board on the day I was set to shoot.

Tomorrow, I have 6 people, one of which (my roommate, Mary) might not make it because her boyfriend is missing in action and she's freaking out about it (understandably so. Jimmy used to vanish on me on a regular basis and so I know what she's going through.)


So my assignment is about choreographing peoples' movements within the frame. I'm going to have people moving across the frame from left to right, or right to left, at different speeds and holding at specific points in the music (of course it's related to music. It's what I do.)

Also involved is 60 yards of china silk, which I spent about 6 hours knotting into a 180 foot long white silk rope (or, incidentally, a 180 foot long white soft rope).

Anyway, I should get a few hours sleep before the big shoot.


Here's my book project. Like I said, the assignment was to come up with a creative way to turn the pages of a book. I really need to invest in an hd camera.

Book from Christopher Galasso on Vimeo.



My thread-book-thing is finished and it's pretty glorious. I'm going to bed now (530am) and filming when I get up (9am). I'll share.