Phoenix – for Light on the Fringe

8 Aug

This video has occupied most of my spare waking hours for a couple of months now and It can finally be presented for you to see. Hopefully you will like it.

It is part of a co-operation between eight artists for a fringe festival called Light on the Fringe associated with a North Queensland Art festival in Townsville.

I have always loved the story and symbolism of the Phoenix who dies and rises again from the ashes. I also have a fascination for colour and movement. Perhaps both are fulfilled here.

The dancer is my eight year old grandaughter. She was just given a beat and asked to just dance – and this is her spontaneous movement.

The feather is taken from a single photograph and animated as it appears to fall through the sky. The idea for the painting of the feather at the beginning and end comes from an artist who wets the paper with water and then allows ink to flow into it, I did about fifty paintings until I got one right!

The animations were done in Adobe Premiere which is a new program for me, and the bird flying away was rotoscoped using Adobe Flash.

Scenes of the bushfire were taken during a burning off – fuel reduction – exercise not far from my home in July 2015.

5 Responses to “Phoenix – for Light on the Fringe”

  1. burgessart August 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Well done Tony. Your grandaughter did a wonder job and love the transitions and overall structure of the work. Worth all the effort!

  2. sedge808 August 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    Has an organic feel.

  3. Carolyn Gallon August 9, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    One of the most emotive subjects in mythology for artists. This is so well done. The symbolism is moving and real, yet delicate and sensitive. Beautifully done !

  4. heatherlamont August 24, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Every time that I watch I am inspired.

  5. Photobooth Journal June 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Some gorgeous imagery there Tony. Your granddaughter must’ve changed a lot since this was made. Does she still love to dance? She did a beautiful job. Was does “invocations “ mean in this context? Is that the name of the musical piece?

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