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RADAR OVERALL WINNER - Herr Barr - Clark - Dir: James Healy

Here you go folks.....the Radar finalist work finally hitting antville as promised. The final four movies will be going up next week so get stuck into these for now.

dek, January 27, 2007 at 12:56:07 PM CET

It's a video about pixels in the sky?

progosk, January 27, 2007 at 1:30:58 PM CET

it's about the definition of definition.

hassinator, January 27, 2007 at 9:37:28 PM CET

i loved the completeness of this piece - if you're going to pick a winner from one video you want to know they have something visually unique; technical skills and also fully understand how images need to work with music

this does all of that.

it reminded me a bit of lynn fox early work which it means it should be no surprise that james first work was on nature is ancient

ironically lynn fox came to blimp attention through their debut video for chris clark and the creative futures competition run by warp and creative review five years ago

lets hope things happen as quickly for james

wurstbude, January 28, 2007 at 5:42:22 PM CET

the only thing which i don't really like is the embryo reference. this visual seems to be a classic but in my opinion it has been seen to often in music videos. besides that i think this piece is very unique and strong. congratulations.

spankle, January 29, 2007 at 1:50:25 PM CET

surely it's not supposed to be so pixelated? i can't see what's going on! can someone upload a slightly higher res version please?

najork, January 29, 2007 at 6:21:46 PM CET

Pixelated is the intended look. Of course the selective and/or transparent degradation are often hard to distinguish from the actual compression. I wonder how different it looks full-res.

boey, January 29, 2007 at 6:24:41 PM CET

I don't think it is Najork...if it was, I think it was a bad idea.

greycritic, January 29, 2007 at 6:38:42 PM CET

Perhaps this may help.

Quote from the synopsis

"The look of this piece is a continuation of previous experiments, manipulating images by sampling. The technique is largely influenced by the Vorticist paintings of David Bomberg, specifically, 'In the Hold'."

Bomberg drew a gird over his canvas then fragmented the picture into geometric shapes whilst retaining the dynamic of the original scene. The intention of employing the technique in this piece is to create an ambiguity of form, allowing motion to reveal the subject.

Once the viewer has accepted they're looking at a bird/hand, any similar moving black shape is adequate.

As the project developed it became apparent that the hands had a strong sensual quality. Clearly this would be lost by total fragmentation. I strove to strike a balance, presenting detail in some shots, reserving it in others to give a broader sense of shape and motion."

hassinator, January 29, 2007 at 7:36:35 PM CET

i have to say it looked great when i was watching my judging copy but that was much higher resolution...

sorry but can't put up anything bigger on the blimp site so will see if we can work something else out.

spit, January 29, 2007 at 7:47:38 PM CET

Uh oh, the winner isn't youtube ready!

progosk, January 29, 2007 at 8:26:19 PM CET

i actually read this as subtly anti-u2b. i may be wrong, tho.

spit, January 29, 2007 at 8:38:46 PM CET

What's the use of having an anti-you tube video, if most people will only see it on youtube, and give up when they think they're watching a blurry low-res clip full of digital artifacts?

progosk, January 29, 2007 at 9:22:48 PM CET

i didn't say it purports to be anti u2b, that's just my reading. some people will give up on this, and they'll blame u2b. the best sabotage is always subtle.

greycritic, January 29, 2007 at 10:02:16 PM CET

Could always watch it here with RealPlayer

progosk, January 30, 2007 at 9:55:25 AM CET

re: u2b sabotage:

robodrug, January 30, 2007 at 11:31:21 AM CET

u2b sabotage concept became tiresome after about 30 secs prog! Needs more violence or sex to keep viewers attention!

kevathens, January 31, 2007 at 1:05:20 PM CET

This also seems a bit like the ravings of a person with Asperger's, something I'm finding out I may have. Not that Healy has that or anything, but I think Warp is loaded with Aspies or otherwise high-functioning autistics.

progosk, January 31, 2007 at 1:39:31 PM CET

(on which subject, k, have a look at amanda's mind-expanding blog.)

kevathens, January 31, 2007 at 3:36:15 PM CET

P.S. I'm trying to assess my life at this point. I'll probably lurk more here on antville than comment, at least for the moment.


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