As a group, we chose the painting The Piano Lesson by Henri Matisse. Matisse uses thick brushstrokes to create a two dimensional flat painting. He portrays his son, Pierre Matisse, playing the piano. The film begins with Pierre Matisse playing his serene, tranquil classical piece on the piano. As he plays his classical piece, the objects around him comes alive – candle, metronome, woman on a high stool, and bronze sculpture of a woman. Both women on each side interact with Pierre Matisse. As the bronze sculptured woman dances along to Pierre’s harmonious music, his stern instructor, the woman on a high stool, looks down at Pierre with her threatening eyes. The bronze sculpture has a function similar to a doll wind up key. Its sensuous structure can only move when Pierre Matisse produces a sound or music. Thus, a strong bond of deep affection between Pierre Matisse and the woman can be discerned to the viewers. Likewise, Pierre Matisse’s face is noticed to be abstract in the painting. For this reason, the figure will be wearing a mask to conceal his facial features and expressions to create suspense. Exhausted by the strenuous effort from playing the piano, Pierre loses the music’s rhythm and tempo, and the movement of the wooden sculpture steadily returns to its original position.
As a group, we visited the MoMA exhibition and we were inspired by Henri Matisse’s The Piano Lesson artwork.
As a group, we equally split the responsibilities for everyone in the group to contribute to the project. For that reason, I lend a hand to prepare and set the set design/backdrop prior to the filming process as well as editing everyone’s Tableau Vivant essay. After we recorded our Tableau Vivant, Leah and I used Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro to edit and assemble the pieces together to produce the final Tableau Vivant. As far as the group work and process went, I personally thought it was very difficult to communicate and come together as a whole group. I also felt that some people had easier tasks or responsibilities than myself or others contributing to this bridge 3 project. The hardest part of this project was the video because we wanted to edit some parts of the video to appear more like a “collage”. However, none of us were comfortable using premiere pro, which Leah and I had the responsibility to finalize the project.
The photo above is behind the scenes for the backdrop. We bought paint from home depot (black, white, blue, orange) to create a pastel and mute color to resemble Matisse’s painting as much as possible.
The photos above is a candle and a bronze colored mask. We were first planning to use an actual candle. However, we weren’t able to find a proper antique candle. Hence, we thought painting the candle on cardboard was the best idea. As for the bronze mask. We used brown paint to cover the actor’s face to keep the figure “made out of wood” with an unusual shaped face.
These photos are photos behind the scenes setting up prior to film for the Tableau Vivant. We used duck tape and push pins to hang up the backdrop and it was strong enough to hold up until the filming process ended.
After we filmed, we used photoshop and premiere pro to edit and finalize the video in addition to the classical music.
Bridge 3 – Tableau Vivant Video