You read it right. Part of our creative community since 2007, Retchy (aka Graeme Hawkins) is a quirky animator with a curious esthetic sensibility and a taste for making it live. Graeme’s work is definitely a soft spot for me. There is humor, illustration and a general air of adventure and sincerity.
Via the message system on vimeo I was able to ask him a few questions about this project and his relationship to modul8 and vjing:
m8.us: In one of your clips you mention that you were making it for VJing and you did not get to VJ or something like that. Is this still true?
Graeme: Yeah I’ve only just started in the last few months to actually get out there and do some vjing with a friend – that film was just an FCP edit of some content I’d created a while ago and which I’m now using in vj sets. To be honest, my VJ skills aren’t really up to scratch yet. I need a lot more practice and content… love playing about with theses techniques though.
m8.us: Are you using a midi controller? If yes which one?
Graeme: I’ve got an M-Audio Trigger Finger drum pad that I use for triggering clips and cross fading etc, and a Behringer 2000R that I don’t really use much.
m8.us: I love the TF. Its quite possibly my favorite. Its a damn shame that it has been discontinued. Can you expand a little bit more on the live drawing mapping project? Your ideas behind it? Motivations?
Graeme: The project was part of my studies at Norwich University College of the Arts where I was doing an MA in animation and sound design. It was really a series of experiments using the mapping technique, trying to find different uses for it other than on architectural, ‘static’ objects, but I kind of ran out of time for it on the course as I had to move on to other projects. With the first few tests I was trying to create floating, animated objects that I could move the camera around to create the illusion of movement.
The hand drawn version was really just an attempt to get away from the sterile, neon glow of the other tests you can see on my website, and I had grand visions of a really intricate, detailed setup with loads more transitions and movements (something similar to Michel Gondry’s White Stripes projection video) but I just didn’t have the time or resources to do anything like that. Plus it was bloody cold in the middle of winter in an abandoned warehouse – I couldn’t leave the set up over night cos it might have been stolen, so everything had to be done pretty quickly and with very stiff fingers
My knowledge of the technology was perhaps a bit limited back then too – it was a struggle to get the dualhead2go even working! – but I reckon I could do something much better now if I were to go back to it.
And with that we both ‘got back to it.’
If you’re looking for some inspiration overload I highly recommend having a look at Graeme’s website and his vimeo page. Personally looking forward to seeing him expand and blend his crazy animations with his ideas for mapping objects.