John Canemaker’s animations were really interesting. For the first screening, Confessions of a Stardreamer was very artistic. I liked how Canemaker transforms the character into different objects. It was almost like a dream. However this piece kind of made me dizzy, good thing it was 9 minutes. The voiceover was also very diva-like and that really illustrated the actress. The second screening, The Moon and the Son was a very touching story. I liked the drawings and animations in this film. The animations defined John Canemaker as a person. It shows his personality and perspective in society. Some parts of the story were comical and I think the animation also helped with that respect.When asked how Canemaker approached his filmmaking, he said “it just came out of the blue.” He explains that he had always wanted to do a film about his father. He had even interviewed his father, before his death, in hopes of creating a film about him. One day he had gotten a grant from Rockefeller and just decided to write a storyboard and WHAM, he had started on this project, just like that. Canemaker chooses to have real life images alongside his animations because he felt that would help with the realism in the piece. Animation always comes as unreal to people, therefore the real images help people understand that this is a true story. He decided to incorporate animation in his work because he said it was a “gut feeling,” and so he just went with it. Canemaker quotes “When you think you’ve gone far enough, go further.” He says that is one of the inspirations that helped him create most of his pieces. Some animations I remember from the film is that Canemaker had a family photo and then it turned into a animation and then he turned his dad into a rocket ship. The rocket ship represents Canemaker’s father always getting angry and it was always unexpected. Another image he had was his father being a thunderbolt and the kids were squares. The thunderbolt scares the squares and the square had a slug-like thing that protects the kids. The slug is their mother. These images personified the thoughts and emotions. They help captivate emotion and give a deeper image. These animations are visual metaphors.
The streets of Canal Street, Chinatown has many unique sounds that help create the essence of New York City. The cultural mix of Chinese immigrants and tourist rave the neighborhood. The texture of the sound is polyphonic because Canal Street or any street in New York is filled with different sounds. Sounds like cars swishing by, the languages from all the different cultures (English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Creole, and hundreds more), the whistles of the crossing guards, the subway trains going by, ambulances and police sirens going on, the rings from the bikes. Occasionally I would hear the shop owners whispering “hangbag hangbag,” they wanted to make sales on counterfeit luxury handbags. In the background there were people bargaining for prices. One can also hear the vendors preparing food in the food carts. The sizzling of the grills is a great contribution to the city’s symphony. One of the jewelry stores had a thing where when a customer steps into the store it would make the “doo-doom” sound. Cars, ambulances, and people are the city's instruments. Without the sound of different languages and fire trucks going off New York City would not be the city that never sleeps. Through this assignment, the question "What sounds do you hear in different times of the day?" came up. When I pondered on this question I realized that the city really “never sleeps”, because at night the cars, sirens, and people are still there creating the same kind of symphony. The dark made the symphony even more beautiful because of the city lights.