[ROASTBEEF; MUTTON; BREAKFAST; SUGAR; CRANBERRIES; MILK; EGGS; APPLE; TAILS; LUNCH; CUPS; RHUBARB; SINGLE; FISH; CAKE; CUSTARD; POTATOES; ASPARAGUS; BUTTER; END OF SUMMER; SAUSAGES; CELERY; VEAL; VEGETABLE; COOKING; CHICKEN; PASTRY; CREAM; CUCUMBER; DINNER; DINING; EATING; SALAD; SAUCE; SALMON; ORANGE; COCOA; AND CLEAR SOUP AND ORANGES AND OATMEAL; SALAD DRESSING AND AN ARTICHOKE; A CENTRE IN A TABLE.]
When I first read Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, I was very hesitant to decide which paragraph I wanted to focus on for my video. From the beginning, I wanted to create a story or some kind of narrative to show Stein’s use of vocabulary. I had multiple ideas and subjects I wanted to focus on including Piano, Single Fish, and Breakfast. After brainstorming, I decided to go with Breakfast because I liked how Stein’s complex list of food.
At the beginning of the project, I wanted to illustrate and treat this video as if it is a picture animation book. However, while I was working, I realized that this video was becoming more of an illustration-based project than using motion and other graphic effects. Then I read Tender Buttons over and over to figure out what would deliver Stein’s list of breakfast menus dynamically.
I wanted these images to be like .gif files. Although it is a video, I wanted each image to be a video by itself to deliver my interpretation of Stein’s words. Although they are all connected with different types of motion, they are all different because they have different types of effects interacting with the image and words.
After multiple times of reading Tender Buttons, I felt like I was in Alice in Wonderland and I was more immersed in the curious and curious text. Instead of making a picture animation book, I made images that move along with Stein’s words. I created different effects based on my reaction/feeling for each word in the text. I also made some shapes to move with the words to create a more dynamic experience. I really wanted to reflect on how I perceived Stein’s Breakfast, so I created this wonderland and chaotic, yet organized feeling with shapes and text constantly moving and changing its forms.
For the final video, I used Alice in Wonderland music to convey how Stein’s text immersed me into his world of breakfast wonderland. Down down down~