November 13, 2010

I really like the simplicity of this film. The music fits in really well with it and the colours and shadows make it slightly atmospheric.

Kinetic Typography

November 1, 2010

Moving text or kinetic typography is something that I have been trying to master, with great difficulty! Previously I haven’t used any animation software so to ease myself in gently I’ve tried to use Photoshop cs3. I found it ok to use but a little bit simple as in there weren’t alot of options which made the animation factor a little difficult. I will continue working on this and try and better my use of animation/moving image. I will also try and teach myself another program for example flash.

October 20, 2010

Such a simple idea yet so effective. This has really inspired me for my animation. I would like to try something similar to this only with using stop motion stills.

Towers of word babble!

October 20, 2010

 

I had previously thought about ‘writing’ my animation so to speak. Using kinetic typography to tell the story visually, I still think it would be interesting to incorporate this into my animation. I found these images when searching the web for animations and although its not exactly what I had in mind its definatly a source of inspiration for me at this time. A tower of written word, Alot of the story of ‘The Tower of Babel’ is about communication and language, therefore using todays written language could be quite ironic.

Below are some images of other ‘Typographical towers’ that I found while researching.

Stresscase

October 18, 2010

I really like the simple ‘sketchy’ style of this animation. I think it would be an interesting style to try and recreate my ‘Tower of Babel’ story with. Its something I would like to experiment with in the near future.

Babel explained

October 13, 2010

The tale of the Tower of Babel, from Genesis 11: 1-9, is an “explanation” of why there are so many different languages. You can find the story in some of those languages by following the links below. Having a single text in a variety of languages is a good way to see similarities and differences between those languages.

The Tower of Babel did in fact exist: it was a seven-stage ziggurat (stepped pyramid) with a temple to the god Marduk at the top. It was called Etemenanki, or ‘the temple of the platform between heaven and earth’, and was built in the city of Babylon sometime during the 6th or 7th century BC.

http://www.omniglot.com/babel/

(Genesis 11:1-9)

October 13, 2010

“Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.’ And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.’ Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:1-9)

The tower of elton

October 13, 2010

Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Snow, cement and ivory young towers
Someone called us Babylon
Those hungry hunters
Tracking down the hours
But where were all your shoulders when we cried
Were the darlings on the sideline
Dreaming up such cherished lies
To whisper in your ear before you die

It’s party time for the guys in the tower of Babel
Sodom meet Gomorrah, Cain meet Abel
Have a ball y’all
See the letches crawl
With the call girls under the table
Watch them dig their graves
`Cause Jesus don’t save the guys
In the tower of Babel

Watch them dig their graves
`Cause Jesus don’t save the guys
In the tower of Babel, no no no

Junk, angel, this closet’s always stacked
The dealers in the basement
Filling your prescription
For a brand new heart attack

But where were all your shoulders when we cried
Were the doctors in attendance
Saying how they felt so sick inside
Or was it just the scalpel blade that lied

It’s party time for the guys in the tower of Babel
Sodom meet Gomorrah, Cain meet Abel
Have a ball y’all
See the letches crawl
With the call girls under the table
Watch them dig their graves
`Cause Jesus don’t save the guys
In the tower of Babel

Watch them dig their graves
`Cause Jesus don’t save the guys
In the tower of Babel, no no no

The tower of Babel

October 13, 2010

Perhaps a bit in depth but this is one of my first findings when researching the tower of babel. There are alot of questions regarding this subject. The translation of the word ‘Babel’ means ‘Gate of god’. There are a number of different thoeries regarding the meaning of the story and here is one of them.

The city of Babylon was inhabited with descendants from Noah and the great flood, where, they believed, the Gods had all but wiped out life on Earth.

The tower was a statement of their triumph in the face of adversity, and a challenge to their God – they would not cower from God but ascend to challenge them – in an attempt to show their might and potentially deter any further attack.

A second theory is that the tower could have been a central religious place or meeting point for people to seek sanctuary in times of adversity of attack “lest they be scattered”.

However, it begs the question, if the tower was for religious purposes, why then would the tower have brought about the wrath of God?

If however, the tower was a religious building whose intent was to expose man to the mystery of the heavens and the greatness of God – which was within man, ie man as God – as much of the “new age” philosophy is currently purporting may explain the wrath.

One purpose of the tower appears to be the civilisation wanting to “make a name for themselves” -man attempting to share in the Glory of God.

And another few theories that I came across are the following.

  • Some have taken the statement that the tower of Babel was constructed to reach the heavens as a literal concept – ie a construct that housed, or was itself, a type of spacecraft which could literally reach the heavens.
  • Some have theorised that the tower was a communications device – to either communicate with other humans around the globe who escaped the flood – or, perhaps even with Gods within the universe.
  • The tower housed, or was itself, a weapon of mass destruction – to wage war upon any earthly or spiritual opponent of Babylon.

 

  • The tower was a statement of mankind’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the earth, sciences. A demonstration of the power of man – with collective consciousness, man was all powerful and could achieve anything.

 

  • The tower was a commercial trading centre within the heart of the ancient city – a shrine to commercialism over spirituality.

Ref: Suzanne Hays at world-mysteries.com