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Project 3 Proposal - Ken Shores

I am planning on doing a video project surrounding a Rube Goldberg machine. If you are not familiar with the concept of a Rube Goldberg machine, here is an excellent example of several in a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_smJ5NPMheY

I believe that a machine like this, made of (in my case) legos, books
and run with marbles would make an interesting film and could generate
a lot of still and video footage options for doing the post editing
I'm interested in. The concepts I wish to build on can be seen in the
latter half of this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYYfJAMP-BE&feature=related

I like the short and quick shots showing part, but not all of the
machine. I'd like to work around the concept of the viewer not being
able to see the whole of the run, like in many RGMs. A final video I'm
drawing some inspiration from, though I doubt my final project will
reflect it too much, is Pipe Dream, from the Animusic project. If you
haven't seen it, this is a technical and artistic wonder all its own.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvPRbh0jmE

I'm planning to obtain a large space and spend an afternoon setting up
a wholly too-long machine, and when the sun goes down I can white
balance without fear of new light sources. I may invite friends along
to help me construct it, but am willing to put it together on my own
as well. I have a few ideas already in the works for manipulations to
shots and footage (I plan on taking still images and video). As is
true for most RGMs, I will embrace the purpose - to do something very
simple via an entirely too complex means, and hopefully will be able
to show that at the beginning, drawing the otherwise potentially
arbitrary ending as "completing the action."