Ask the Artist: Bellanut

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Ask the Artist: Bellanut
Interviewee: Bellanut
Date(s): April 28, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Fan Art, Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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Bellanut was interviewed in 2009 for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

Most of my picspams are just flaily chaos, but I do sometimes try for more. I love the challenge of representing moments of film in still form. Of taking an entire scene and summarizing it with just a couple of images. And I love being able to freeze-frame on details more than anything. Honestly, most of the time it's no deeper than ogling Jared and Jensen, but I do happen to believe (quiet strongly, actually) that on occasion it's possible to really express something emotional just by carefully choosing and arranging images and text. And this show has inspired me more, and for a heck of a lot longer than any other show. Sometimes all I want to do in the whole world is express even just a smidgen of what I feel for this stupid little show, and picspamming is my way of... well, trying.
I have very strong (and possibly over-the-top) opinions about screencaps. To me, a picspam is only as personal or unique as it's caps. You can only post the images you have, and if you don't have the images that best express what you'd like to convey then the picspam won't be as effective as it could be. Of course, beyond the basics of making a technically correct screencap it's all subjective. I don't make the best screencaps, I make the ones that best suit my own personal needs. But I think the point still stands.
Also there's the experience of going through an episode as carefully as capping requires. It's tedious and way time-consuming, but I always feel like I know episodes on a whole other level after capping them. Stopping and starting, going through frame by frame, rewatching tiny moments multiple times just to catch that one split-second facial expression. It reveals so many details and I always love SPN episodes more after capping them. For me, the absolute best part is finding those hidden jewel caps. That one frame where someone's face is inexplicably more heart-breaking than the frame right before or after. Or the exact moment in the middle of a fight sequence when a gorgeous shot blips in to perfect focus. Or that one split second when the camera flares in to a rainbow in the corner of the screen. Suffice it to say, I'm firmly against auto-capping. It's right up there with incorrect aspect ratio on my list of picspam pet peeve.