Caffeine Abstraction

This film of abstraction was made based on synesthesia; a visual representation of another sense. To be more precise, the abstraction is based on the visualization of the feeling one may get when drinking a chilled hazelnut ice coffee during a hot summer day. Both the immediate sensation of flavor from the coffee as well as the sudden change in temperature is represented using shapes of different colored paper on a contrasting background. Using the color orange to signify the warmer temperature as the background and the dark blue and purple paper triangles show the cool flavored drink, the animation begins to transition through a range of colors consuming the page with layers upon layers of colored cutouts. First the blue and purple cutouts multiply and expand to the edges of the orange background and soon after, solid purple cutouts invade the space from near the center of the frame. After repeating this process for the colors purple, light blue, green, and yellow, the end of the film transitions to a single page of yellow that cuts back to the original color of orange.

The concept in practice turned out much more abstract than I initially thought, but also communicated the feeling adequately. Part of the reason may be some of the subtle effects that I didn’t account for during the first shooting of the photos. The phone camera used would try to balance the color based on the colors that it was capturing in the frame which meant that the colors would slowly loose or gain value as new colors were added to each shot. By the end of the photo shooting this effect appears to have aided in smoothing out the transitions even though some of the colors became desaturated.

Films that were used as inspiration for this abstraction were Sausage City by Adam Beckett and Synchromy by Norman McLauren. The main inspiration for movement was rom a scene in the film Sausage City from 0:40 mark to 1:40 mark the emerging shapes that expand to the edges of the frame which inspired me to use in my opening 40 frames. These were also the frames with the strongest motions in my abstraction. More purple and blue color was not only added but also moved around as the forms expanded. Ultimately the film used additive and subtractive elements to create a moving image rather than moving individual subjects across the frame.

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