Senior Thesis film Ricerca (2015)- film stills

Started animation this summer! A couple film stills. Most of this film is going to be black and white like this.

Senior Thesis Project- Ricerca (tentative name) 

Quick color keys for the transformation scene. Right now these are pretty romantic scenes, I would want their relationship to be more varied. But these color keys essentially capture the lighting I want, it is going to be a soft and gentle moment, like that of happy memories. 

senior thesis 9/16

1. This week was challenging in that I’ve been struggling with the storyline of my film. I want to add a few shots here and there that would break up this linear storytelling. The shots would just come in on a screen and then disappear and tell more about the reincarnation theme I want to depict.

2. I figured out how the two people meet. The man would be pushing past all these floating everyday items like clocks, chairs, plates as he approaches the girl. He will then happen upon the picture frame and then see the girl. 

I also figured out who exactly my composers are. I pitched to the SMPTV grad students and I met Varqa who is an amazing classical composer. The other composer doing the electronic stuff is Chris Edwards. I still need to look for a sound designer. 

I did five different color keys for the moment when the world burst into color. I would stick with these for lighting but the setting for some of these scenarios I want to change. 

I also re-started animating. It’s a lot of fun!

senior thesis 9/9

1. This week I got sick, making production slow. I’ve also been thinking of adding some shots that would make the story clearer, and I’m struggling with how I should direct the viewer of my installation. I need to start hashing out some concept art.
2. I talked to my composer and he is really excited to work on both the electronic and orchestral pieces of my film! I finalized my schedule and hope to be done animating by February so I’ll have time to worry about Clean-Up and Installation and testing the multi-screen set-up, hopefully even garnering some funds to build the screens.

senior thesis 9/1

1.       The past week I’ve been pushing to make the story stronger, using more powerful images and really figuring out how I would time each scene. I had the hard realization that there needs to be some major changes in the story to convey what I really want to say. It’s been hard trying to find a middle ground between preserving my own voice and making something entertaining and understandable to watch. 
2.      I’ve pitched my project to several people throughout the week, getting feedback from all of them. So far so good, people like the idea. I am working on a poetic narration with my writer friend Katie Hogan and hopefully coming up with something that would supplement the film. I have composers that I’ve already been sampling and have tightened up my animatic. I’ve also come up for a name for my film. I think I’m going to call it The Seed. 

Taking A Bath

Video documentation

A part of a three artist exhibition in the Lindhurst Gallery at the Roski School of Fine Art. Made possible by the USC School of Cinematic Arts DADA department and the individuals thanked at the end of this video.

Artist Statement from the show: Yo-Yo Lin, artist and animator, brings the intimate space of the bath into a public context, making viewers confront their desires to see but stay unseen, confusing the line between curiosity and voyeurism. Taking A Bath features an elderly man in the tub presenting several dualities: transforming yet static, relaxed yet alarmed, old yet young, warm and yet cold. As an artist, Yo-Yo seeks to tap into the unseen of everyday life, capturing the fleeting moments of “waking up” in mundane tasks in whimsical hand-drawn animation.

Taking a Bath installation 

Taking A Bath sketches

Thank you Andrew and Herb.

(Unmade) Bedsheets

The first video project made during my semester abroad in Florence, Italy to explore the theme of time. Bedsheet drawings were made over a 40 day period alongside a meticulous log accounting for different variables, including “mindset upon sleeping,” “upon waking up,” and “dreams.” Photographs were taken over the course of a day, every hour. This project was made during a time of uncertainty and served as a means to make sense of a new life in a new country, in the closed familiar space of the bed.

Unstable Territories- Faces

Final project for my multimedia class in Italy featuring my peers. 

Over the course of my study abroad experience in Florence, Italy I often came face to face with the reality that I had no idea who I really was, and being that there was so much to see around me everyday I often found myself projecting my identity into scenery and fond objects. It’s when I felt the most lost that I found myself.