I promise this will tie into iMaginator, but you need to stay with me for just a moment.
I am the Group Coordinator for the Oak Park Illinois chapter of Amnesty International. I've been in Amnesty longer than I've used a Mac (very long time). In a couple of weeks I'll be representing the chapter at a Peace event. So far, so good.
I was playing with iMaginator (originally goofing around with transparency) and after quite a while realized that I could make a short video totally in iMaginator that would reflect my views on peace.
So this is a fairly short video done totally in iMaginator. It starts with the word "violence" against a dark background. Then forces of light in colors of red (as in a rose) and purple (as in Advent) overtake the violence, and violence is no more. That effect by itself is pretty cool to watch as the colors transform across time.
This ties into the basic notion that peace is not just the absence of violence or conflict, but also the presence of fulfillment. But the question I had was how to end the video so I could show that side of things. Peace is not just an end to violence, so I needed and wanted to convey more. I finally decided to have it end with a screen filled with all colors (= white), representing all the possibilities minus violence which had been taken out a few seconds before. I'm hoping the end conveys that, but that's part of what makes it art. I'm sure others will have other interpretations.
The actual QuickTime video will take less time to watch than it did to read my text. I will continue to play with it, and probably use it at the peace fair on September 10th.
Here's a link to the video:
If you want to play with it yourself, go to my public folder on my iDisk (user name is russconte), and the filters are there in one package. There is no copyright on this, feel free to make and post other versions of this if you'd like to. The possibilities of iMaginator and video are much more than I first thought, and this short piece only hints at what can be done.
I'm sure much more can be done with iMaginator and video, this is only a beginning. Feel free to jump in and comment or show what you can do!