It’s suddenly been quite a few months since I last updated this blog – basically ever since I started at my new education at the end of January: “Multimedia Design and Communication” at The Copenhagen School of Design and Technology aka. “KEA”. On top of that, I’ve been really busy with moving to a new apartment and several other things. As things are calming a bit down now, though, I thought it might be time to start blocking a little more frequently again. I have updated my Facebook page in the mean time, though, and I generally post more items there, as I don’t think that all material is fitting for my web site – so be sure to check it every now and again for more info about my latest endeavours and various tidbits about latest news in the world of animation.
I’m really happy with my new study. It’s a great mix between creative and very technical work, which really suits a right/left-brainer like me. I also like that it’s very hands-on and I get to learn a lot of really useful techniques that can aid me in my creative work in so many different ways. Our courses are usually project-oriented and we go through the process of creating a full product with everything included. This can, for example, be some kind of web site that we design, develop, programme, test etc. – usually for a particular client or target group. That means that we also learn how to communicate with the client, how to present and develop the product, and, of course, how to work well in teams.
But anyway, since this new education is taking up a lot of my time, I have decided to start blogging about some of the highlights of what I’ve been making so far, and will be making in the future, for school projects, so as to document my development. In order to get up-to-date, I have decided to start at the beginning and make a series of posts these upcoming weeks about what I’ve done so far.
“CHOCOLATE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS” – A GROUP PRESENTATION
So this time I bring to you something from my very first week at KEA, where we had to make some kind of creative group presentation about something that all the group members had in common. This was merely a non-serious exercise in making a presentation for the class, but luckily we had lots of fun with it.
We chose to talk about our mutual love for chocolate!
We went to my workshop at Nørrebro Kunsthus and each stop motion animated a brief and very crude clip, including real, melted chocolate, which somehow depicted a story that we connected with our love for chocolate. I assembled and animated this moving diorama over the course of about 7 hours, inspired by the Tim Burton movie version of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005). I have watched the movie dozens of times and usually eat chocolate while I’m at it.
For the presentation, one of the group members got the brilliant idea that we could act as an “addicts anonymous” group. So we called ourselves, “Chocolate Addicts Anonymous” and let the little clips loop on a screen in the background as we each told our neurotic tales of why we were so addicted to chocolate. I was the nervous, jittery character of the group, who frequently scratched my arm, as I passionately talked about “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, not leaving out random facts about chocolate (as they are told in the movie).
“I watched it yesterday… And the day before that… And the day before that… I watched it this morning… I was planning on watching it tonight… BUT I REALLY WANT TO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!”
The clips worked really well as these sort of abstract images of our mental state while we were telling our stories and the class was very impressed with the work. I felt very proud to have my workshop at had (which is located just 500m from the school!) and that we were able to set up a chocolate-melting laboratory and animation set so quickly.
Bispebjerg Cemetary. Photo: Jørgen True/Scanpix Denmark
The last thing I want to mention in this post, is that my new apartment is located extremely close to both my school and my workshop! I just plain and simply love this fact, as I can walk between these three locations in mere minutes. The downside, of course, is that I don’t get much out of the “Nørrebro” area of Copenhagen, but I’m content with it and try to make an effort of going for walks at other locations every now and again. Now that the weather has become more sunny, I have taken the opportunity to walk around the green area a little north from where I live around a big bog called “Utterslev Mose”. I grew up near by and would often go for bike rides in the area during my teen years, especially around the very beautiful “Bispebjerg Cemetery”, and spend my time developing ideas for stories in my mind (this was the time when I had just started writing). It’s a place of tranquility and solitude for me and I get really inspired when I’m there. It’s really great to have it close by again and I will remember to make the time to go there more often, to escape the busy Nørrebro area, find some inner peace and churn out some good ideas.
Bispebjerg Cemetery in the Spring. Photo: Thomas Fog
All for now, more for later!