Monday, May 31, 2010
Dog Movie Sketch 10 0531 from Aaron Gilbert on Vimeo.
I had a quite a bit of fun pulling the sketch video together. I used Windows Movie Maker (thanks for the suggestion Jen!!!) which was a lot easier than I expected. Once I started playing around with it, I was amazed that I could just slap together transitions and music and titles. The video is mostly a collage of still images and short video clips. I have a lot more subject material I want to cover that has yet to be filmed.....so what is here will have to be seriously edited. Nonetheless, it still gives a good sense of the life of Ricky and Jack....and how they impact us.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
There's always little surprises when dogs are in your life. I got home from class last night and had two surprises. First, there was a note saying the Jack had gum on his belly....which confirmed what we had been suspecting, that the new dogwalker had the two dogs confused. Second, there really was gum all over Ricky's belly. I quick Google-search later, I had a plan. Ricky got a belly massage with cooking oil, which really did loosen and remove all of the gum. Then he got a bath.
Baths for the dogs really are illustrative of how we have adapted the place to their presence. We used to do the traditional.........washing them in the tub. However, we have a deep tub, and a small weiner dog sits low in a tub like that. It was a logistical difficulty, and one that always left me with an achy back. However, a tween sized weiner (15 pounds, in between miniature and standard) fits perfectly in the kitchen sink.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Last I made a collage of pictures of dachshunds, using found pics on google. Full disclosure...I am a total dog person, and I just love our two dachshunds, Ricky and Jack. However, I am a little weirded out by the shear volume of sites and pics out there completely devoted to a single breed. That degree of monomania is a bit unsettling.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Starting to work on the assignment to make a movie about personal infrastructures. While I thought about making it on the infrastructures of the dogs' lives, I became much more interested in how the dogs impact the structure of our life, and also how we use our space. These are 15 4"x4" frames comprising the initial story board for the movie
Friday, May 14, 2010
Spent a good chunk of yesterday getting "connected." For Media & Communications class, I had to sign up for Google Wave, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Blogger, Delicious, and Twitter. Wow...that's a lot of accounts and a lot of connection. Having had to carry a pager since 1991, I am more than dubious about the level of availability. I cannot tell you how many times I have threatened to flush my pager down the toilet. I wasn't 100% sure I even wanted a cell phone (though I have certainly come around on that one..... still playing with my Samsung Behold II).