Mittwoch, 30. April 2014

My archeology: How to make a video out of paper

When I think of it, it almost make me laugh...there was a time in which Cameras were expensive tools that only professionals could afford to have...those days are gone and nowadays technology is allowing us to do almost any thing, any time: filming a music video, for example, it can be shoot NOW! even with only a phone-camera.

Back in the 90's  I was already interested in making videos and movies, I wanted to work with a real moviola and despite the lack of tools I managed to shoot my first music video...on paper!!

One of my favourite tunes at that time was "Ventoline Blues", from the French-American indie group "Passion Fodder" and I wanted to shoot a video for it: the song is the lament of a asthmatic guy, in a blues-country key. I wrote a (quite surreal) story,  where the Passion Fodder group members were to "play".
I drew the story like a mute comic. The images were cut and pasted on an extra super long strip of paper, after making sure that the sequence matched words and music.

To "watch" the video, one must listen to the song and at the same time drag the strip of paper following the action and the lyrics. Another way it would be of hanging the strip on the wall and walking along it but I admit it would be a bit uncomfortable, though interesting!

Here I show you a couple of pictures of my very primitive but funny way to "shoot" a video :-)
(Click on the images to see them bigger)

The paper video (Closed)

The paper video (open)

Psychedelic beginning

Woke up this morning...
Drama (and a bit of explanation)

more drama...

more more drama...

The End
And now ...let's rewind the film...

 The style I used for these drawings was a simple soft pencil on white paper, to give the drawings a kind of "raw" style. Though the song sounds very tragic, I could not help adding a surreal, comic ending...that is my trademark, I suppose.

Passion Fodder already split up at the beginning of the 90's but their front man, Theo Hakola, is still very active in music. If you want to know more about him, here is his website:

Dienstag, 1. April 2014

Illustrations for the book "Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer"

 I am terribly proud to write this post today: a year ago I worked for the ZAS (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, or Center for Languages Science in Berlin) and drew a series of comic illustrations for the book, "Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer". The book is an interesting guide for teachers of German schools whose students have a different another mother tongue than German.

The illustrations are in black and white and make fun of the peculiarities of different languages.
Finding puns that could work in any language and translate them in images was the most challenging part of the assignment.

I am very happy with the result and since the book was finally published a few days ago, I can finally post a few images of it! :-) (Click on the images to see them bigger).

For more information about the book and ZAS-Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft:

The Book!! With the invitation to the official presentation
A polyglot class!

complicated Turkish table
Greek cartoon on page

Greek Cartoon original

and Hindi!