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David Hockney Multiple Video Art
April 15, 2012, 1:07 am
Filed under: After Effects, Extended Major Project

It appears David Hockney has now worked with video to create life size scenes. Here is an interesting program which gives you an insight into his latest approach of using, what appear to be, DSLR cameras to film with.

I like the way his shots of the country merge together showing gradual change of seasons of the same location. It’s very subtle but incredibly enticing to watch.

I’ve already experimented in the Specialist Project with taking multiple shots to generate a scene that captures more than what you would be able to capture in a single frame. Here is an example I did, in which I took a series of portrait shots, each recorded at a length of 20 seconds, to create this panoramic shot of a busy high-street, near Oxford Circus. Each frame was shot in chronological order as I panned from one end of the street to the other.

My approach is entirely different as I don’t have the luxury of having 9 DSLR cameras to film with and a team of people to help construct a rig and put it into action. It’s evident  that Hockey’s approach is more accurate and precise in order to get an immaculate result. With my filming style being secretive I won’t be able to achieve the same accurate result, which is actually a good thing as I’m creating something slightly different.

The overall results I’ve been getting are very reminiscent of Hockney’s early work where takes multiple images to create an entire scene, like in the image above. I like the way he positions each image in a more freestyle way instead of approaching it in a more precise and technical manner. If the overall result was 100% perfectly aligned, I don’t think there would been much point in going to the trouble of creating the image in the first place. It would just come across as another ordinary image that could have possibly been shot on a super wide angle lens. I think what I most like about this particular style is the strong definition of colour he generates by using slightly different exposures for each shot.

There are couple of shots where I accidentally moved the camera from side to side a bit too much when I was filming, which doesn’t look particularly great. Most of the shots were quite well and stable, considering it was all handheld. There needs to be quite a lot of concentration when doing this task. Although I won’t be able to achieve an exact 100% match with each alignment, I’m always determined to get it as close as possible.

Here are some screenshots of other videos I’ve made using this technique


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