one of the rare occasions i show my videos

loveandseeing  asked:

How do you create all this stuff, do you hack into old equipment, or literally just use old cameras?

Hi there! When creating new content,
I use a lot of different tools.
Let me go somewhat into detail here:

Today, my main cameras are a EOS 550D, my Phone, a CCD surveillance camera, and when I need high resolution or have to film footage from CRT monitors, a Black Magic 4k camera, I own together with a friend.

I also often use old pictures, I made since my early 20s, with all kinds of cameras (Polaroid, Kiev Medium Format Camera, 35mm, Super8, MiniDV, Hi8, Video8 etc.), - and on rare occasions, footage made by my parents / grandparents.

I do manipulate the images in many different ways, printing them in bad resolution, scanning them and use the scan as luminance layer, change the color data with software, convert them to film emulation color profiles, add grain, add dust, reduce sharpness, replace the sky with gradients etc. 

I work with analog / semi-analog, standard definition video gear very often. I also own different VHS machines for different applications. The ones with dirty video heads are the best for manipulating content, the clean ones are best for multiplying master tapes.

The following image shows the setup I used for the new series, that started yesterday and is now uploaded to the queue:

Computer Non-Linear editing software ▶ Canopus ADVC110 (Firewire D/A, A/D box) ▶ VHS in LP mode (LP, Long Play, will give you more VHS characteristics due to recording in lower quality). After I recorded all footage to tape in LP, I do playback it into a ▶ Modded / circuit bent video mixer, then into a ▶ glitchy old video mixer for color boost, then into a ▶ TBC (time base corrector), then into ▶ another VHS machine recording on LP. Then I rewire the setup to go back into the computer. From the second VCR into ▶ the TBC, from there into the ▶ Canopus ADVC110. After being digital again, I take 1 second blocks of the footage, export them as PNG sequences and create GIF loops from these.

When doing pixel drawings I mostly work with Grafx2. From time to time I also create 3D source images in Blender. I also did a video, using a vintage 3D software called Virtual Reality Studio / 3D Construction Kit.

In general for creating images or music for my personal projects, I try to collect / discover as much interesting old hardware / software as possible to use it in my work. Let me throw some more keywords:

Virtual Machines with DOS, Windows 3.1, DOSBox, old Sound Cards (OPL), Synthesizers, typewriters, CRT monitors, tape decks, composite video hardware of all kinds, old computers, CCD surveillance cameras, Beamers, diffusion lens filters etc.

I often visit thrift stores and flea markets, but a lot of this old hardware have become very rare around where I live. Sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you have to resort to online auctions.

Old gear is really inviting to experiment / play around with, and just a lot of fun!

I hope you can get some useful information from my rambling!

Best Regards
Fornax Void

I have never watched The Big Bang Theory as it seems entirely too insipid even at a casual glance. For whatever reason however (aside from his general lack of taste) my father does, and on one of the very rare occasions in which he directly addressed me in the past decade he told me that one of the characters on the show - the one played by an openly gay actor, Sheldon I believe? - reminded him of me. I had no idea why until I watched two video essays by the Pop Culture Detective on the show’s casual misogyny and harmful portrayal of masculinity. I don’t see myself in the character at all, but I can see in him my father’s flawed perception of my extensive education, nerdy interests, and lack of conventionally masculine traits.

I can also understand now how it’s an insulting comparison, which is to be expected given the source.

Untitled Kid!Loki FrostIron Ficlet

Erm… this is my first time posting any sort of fan fiction. *hyperventilates* Please let me know what you think!

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“This is a little awkward for me, ok?” Tony said, finally breaking the silence. Loki, or rather the new kid version of Loki that Thor had somehow brought back after the old Loki died, smiled and looked at Tony with a familiar mischievous glint in his eyes.

“Is it because you and my old-self used to bed each other?”

Tony looked at the kid in horror.

“How the hell do you know about that? I thought you lost all your memories!”

“I have lost all my memories. JARVIS showed me some video footage of us together.”

What?!

If I may, sir. I showed young Master Loki footage of one of the rare occasions when you and his older-self were fully clothed,” JARVIS interrupted.

Tony sighed with relief, dropping his head into his hands. Loki giggled.

“I ascertained from our conversation, and the way you kept sticking your tongue down my throat, that we were quite close.”

“Oh my god. Please stop,” Tony groaned into his hands.

Loki started giggling again. Tony looked up and glared at him half-heartedly, unable to suppress an exasperated smile. When the giggling faded, Loki seemed to get a little more serious.

“It’s a secret, isn’t it?”

Yes. And I’d really like to keep it that way.”

Loki lowered his head, looking sad, fiddling with the hem on his shirt.

“I understand. I am told I was a monster. It would bring you great shame if your shield brothers and sister knew…”

“Hey,” Tony said, moving closer to Loki on the couch and putting a hand around his shoulders. “You did some bad things, but you were getting better. You’re not a monster. And I was never ashamed of you.”

Loki’s gaze met Tony’s, his eyebrows furrowed in confusion.

“Then why?”

Tony sighed.

“They wouldn’t have understood. They might’ve thought I’d turned bad and tried to lock me up. Or they might have tried to use me to get to you so they could lock you up, or worse - send you back to Asgard. I couldn’t let that happen.”

“You were protecting us?”

Tony smiled sadly and nodded.

“Yeah.”

“You miss him, don’t you?”

“I really do,” Tony confessed, his eyes becoming glassy with unshed tears. “I’m sorry I’ve been avoiding you. It’s just… every time I look at you, I see him. And it kills me to know that by the time you’re old enough for us to even attempt to maybe try and pick up where we left off, knowing me, I’ll probably be dead.”

Loki looked at him sadly before crawling onto Tony’s lap and wrapping his arms around his neck. Tony, taken a little by surprise at the gesture, hesitated for a moment before wrapping his arms around the boy’s body and hugging him back.

“I’m sorry,” the kid whispered.

“S'ok. Not your fault. Well… I guess it kinda is. But given that the reason you got yourself killed was to save my sorry ass, I guess I can forgive you.”

Tony desperately tried to suppress the surge of emotion he felt as a soft kiss was pressed to his cheek and Loki moved to curl up in Tony’s lap with his head resting on his chest. He was almost successful in keeping his shit together until Loki spoke again.

“I don’t remember anything from my old life but I have lingering feelings that I cannot otherwise explain. And I… I believe he loved you,” the little god said quietly. Tony let out a sob, holding the boy a little tighter as tears ran down his cheeks.

“The feeling was mutual.”