A World of Difference by Gerald Guthrie
Urbana, IL (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 8
Screening Time: Oct
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'A World of Difference' is a digital animation that moves us
along a bumpy path through Space and Time to discover Truth, Perfection and
often, the inspiration for my work begins with a real world object. I have
always been attracted to microscopes; not only for their visual appeal, but also
for the way they reveal a mysterious world. Since a microscope enables us to
increase the perceptual scale of objects, it seemed appropriately ironic to
increase the physical size of the microscope itself. This device might then be
able to reveal our hidden world at both a microscopic and macroscopic level.
This microscope needed to be located in an older style classroom, so I
wandered through the University of Illinois campus looking for a likely example.
It is contrary to the reputation of a great university to be outdated, but the
challenging search finally ended on the top floor of the English building. A
re-creation of this small, old-fashioned classroom now became the environment
for a standard scale microscope. Since the classroom still had slate
blackboards, it fit with another goal to use a chalk drawing to set up a pretext
for the animation.
I found a pseudoscientific sketch on an obscure “time
travel” website which worked quite well for this purpose. Only later, after the
premise was defined was it apparent that the sketch was even more accurate than
hoped, depicting a passage between the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way galaxy
– coincidentally, essentially much what happens in the animation.
interior space that was appropriated from the University of Illinois campus is
that of the Armory Building. Entering this huge building reminds me of a
recurring dream I have of large interior spaces. Invoking some artistic
liberties, this space became the site of the oversize microscope.
five months of preparatory object making and animation, I began a fellowship
with eDream Institute at the University of Illinois. This group, led by Donna
Cox, is dedicated to bringing the arts and sciences together in any number of
creative collaborations. Besides helpful advice and critique, they provided a
network rendering solution that facilitated the production of a high definition
animation after hours and hours of computer rendering. I would not have been
able to accomplish the work without this important resource.
the general theme of micro/macro, the final sequence, to be viewed through the
lens of the large microscope, offered an opportunity to combine and contrast
cosmic scale with microscopic scale. I came across some beautiful video clips
online of microscopic animal life created by videographer, Craig Smith. I
finally decided on a small pond worm because the water debris surrounding the
animal blended well with the stars in the galactic environment. The amazing
M81(Andromeda) galaxy animation was produced by Robert Patterson and Stuart Levy
of the eDream group specifically for this sequence.
Though I created and
mixed many of the foley noises or sound effects, my long time friend, John
Chase, composed and performed the wonderful music that dramatically ties the
work together. I feel his music adds the, not mutually exclusive, aspects of
warmth and tension.