Above is my final video explaining the five stages of sleep. In the video I integrated type and image by layering the JPEGs of my typography scans on top of my videos, I then set the images to a low opacity. This allowed the text to be seamlessly integrated with the imagery but it also gave the typography an ethereal feel similar to that of dreams. In parts of the film I also used the same technique but to layer two videos which would play at the same time, giving an unnatural and eerie feel. Towards the end of the video during the REM stage I set the type to appear and disappear very quickly at points, this was to represent rapid eye movements. I also made sharp cuts between video clips to represent rapid eye movements.
For the background music I used delta waves sleep music by Meditation Relax. This music is specially designed to help people sleep at night, specifically to enter a deep sleep therefore it seemed appropriate in context to my video.
In my video I decided that using moving imagery of my mobile wouldn’t be enough to convey the information about the five stages of sleep, as the only information on the mobile is the brain wave activity scans for each stage of the sleep cycle. I felt it was essential to add textual information to my video however I did not want to simply add frames of digital text as this would not integrate well with the abstract nature of the imagery.
As I wanted my video to be mainly imagery based and easy to understand I began by reducing the information for each stage of the sleep cycle down to it’s basic keywords. I then printed these keywords off and distorted them with a scanner. Not only did this make the type more abstract but it also gave the type an eerie unusual nature similar to that of dreams.
Once I had experimented with distorting the keywords I choose the most successful distortion of each keyword, the distortion that best balance legibility with interesting forms, and refine the scan in Photoshop. I refined the scans by cropping them down and then increasing the contrast to improve clarity.
Mobile made up of four discs, each representing a different stage in the sleep cycle
Printed on acetate suspended with invisible thread
For the project Explain I made a mobile out of a wooden embroidery hoop and embroidery thread, from this mobile hung several threads with paper discs attached. Each discs would contain factual information on why we dream. Acting upon the feedback given to me at this crit I have remade the mobile out of transparent materials, the discs are now made of acetate with my vector illustrations printed onto them and they are hanging by invisible thread. These materials allowed the mobile to appear more dreamlike as the elements appear to be floating and can be seen through one another. Furthermore acetate is very reflective so interesting visual effects were created due to lighting.
To record my mobile it was decided that I should create a moving image piece, and that the way in which the mobile is filmed should optically convey the elements that it is informing, for example rapid eye movement. The advice given for creating a moving image piece was to add a soundscape to the video, also to make sure that the video is very short so that it is manageable.
I also decided to focus on one strand of the mobile to use in my moving image piece, the strand I choose was the strand documenting the 5 stages of sleep. I choose this strand as the various stages of sleep could be creatively illustrated in the piece, for example during the rem stage of sleep eye movements could be conveyed by moving the camera in certain directions.