Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Animating "Creativity"

Yesterday I wrote a shape poem, "Creativity."  I don't use this form very often, but the concept popped into my head in response to a prompt from ellenmillion.  What I did was sketch out a static, 2D version of what is really an animated, 3D concept.  It is patterned like an atom, with words tightly packed like the parts of a nucleus, and then other words in different fonts filling two energy layers (two words on two ellipses, then eight words on four larger ellipses) like electrons.  The challenges are:

* I'm not very good at freehand drawing, so the rough drafts are sloppy.
* I'm not very good at manipulating computer programs, so my ability to animate this is probably insufficient.
* Based on my previous rassling with MS Word, I do not think its "draw" feature is sufficient to make an elegant version of the static, 2D version -- at least not in my hands -- which is why I scribbled the concept sketch on paper.
* I checked PowerPoint.  It does some cool animation tricks, one of which is even an ellipse, but not stuff that looks like it would work for animating this poem.
* My ordinary pricing scheme doesn't really apply here.  The poem has just a few words.  The pattern is what makes it cool.  It didn't take very long to imagine, but rendering it in a marketable form will definitely take significant time.

Possible solutions:

* I could try to scrapbook this into a more elegant static, 2D version.  I have some stencils of ellipses, and my computer has plenty of fonts so that I could print out the words and stick them on their orbits.  A scrapbooked poem can then be photographed or scanned, and uploaded for viewing.
* I could work with someone else who is good at manipulating computer programs or otherwise animating things.  (This would get them a byline like "animated by Clever Person" along with mine.)  I have seen atoms and other things animated in programs such as Java and Flash, and there are other animation programs, and for all I know there might even be an atom generator with customizable labels.  Either a 2D or a 3D animation could work; my concept sketch is sort of in-between those (i.e. some words are upside-down but none are mirror-written).  An animated poem could be ... um, put on the web somehow, somewhere, preferably by someone more skilled than myself.

minor_architect has expressed some interest in co-sponsoring this if it can be animated.  I don't know if that would appeal to anyone else, or if anyone would be interested in a static, 2D version done with scrapbooking tools.

Thoughts?  Other options?  Does anyone have skills that might help?  Does this sound cool enough to pursue further?
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, cyberspace theory, fishbowl, networking, poetry
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