Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Tal Rosner

Tal Rosner is a versatile practitioner who has worked from various mediums. He has studied graphic designing and after he got his degree, he moved on and worked for magazines and posters for three years. His interest grew in terms of design and wanted to achieve more. Therefore he turned to moving image in which he felt he had less limits and more possibilities. He wanted to translate his graphic design work in to the moving image which essentially would add a new dimension to his designs. Doppel Ganger was one of his early works which he produced in the final year of MA. Here we get to see numerous ideas blended in one short film. Very experimental, interesting and visually eye catching. The whole film was produced digitally and the process of making it was quite digital as well. Small hand held cameras were used in the process for maximum freedom and maneuverability. The budget was fairly limited so therefore some things he had to be compromised with. In 2004, he produced another short film called Docklands. It was filmed in South London. There was emphasis on repetitions and patterns hence the visuals were quite dynamic and clever. For example there's a bit where a train is going past the camera and what Rosner did was have the same shot flipped in to each other and therefore it looks like the train is going in to each other. Not only that, but this time around more shots were used and evidence of creativity and maturity could be witnessed within Rosner's work. His understanding of the genre seem to be growing with every film he created. He is self taught and learned things and techniques as he went along. He works with minimal crew and the reason is so that he will have full control over his film and therefore he will have the right results.
He prefers to work on a smaller scale as oppose to big. He feels that on a smaller scale, one has more control over the composition and it will be more successful in the end. His work was getting recognized and popular within the entertainment industry. He got commissioned to create a film for a classical music album which was quite different to what he is use to which is techno music. Over the years, Tal has produced his films using techno music and was not a accustomed to classical music at all. It was a big challenge for him but in the end he manage to pull it off and Abstractions is now known as Rosner's finest pieces. The music was quite fast and the pace also varied therefore, the images had more variation to them and again we got to see Rosner's ever growing understanding of the genre. After this, he got commissioned to produced visuals for the opening title of Skins. The budget was limited as it was only the first season for the series but he had more tools to play with and also had some good experience in the bag. The opening title was only few seconds long and had to represent each character quickly hence he used more effects than ever and manage to execute it at the same time. It was a success and was commissioned again for the later seasons for the series which followed after. Rosner's work is quite unique and exciting. He has grown as a designer which is evident in his work over the years he produced. It connects to the viewer and somehow keeps their attention with his wild visuals and attention to detail.

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