Usually I'm not picky with my work and find it hard to find things that I want to change, but editing photos has made me realise that there are way more things than you think that can be edited. I practiced removing unwanted light and objects in the photo and got familiar with colour graphs. From watching tutorial videos and other people's work, I learnt that there are so many different ways that a photo of video can turn out, it really just depends on the person's style.
Monday 6th April
The photo on the left is from Jamaica and I recently took the photo on the right in my bathroom during the night. I did this to get familiar with showing contrast between before and during isolation.
Today I started to plan the structure of my video. I decided to have the archival footage in the beginning of the video because I want to show straight away how everything was before this pandemic. After this I would go into the isolation section; this way I can effectively show the contrast between daily life and isolation.
I spoke with my mentor about my project; I was struggling with what or who I should make the focus of the video on and she suggested that I could make it a point of view, which I liked because I want to show how isolation has affected me. Also, that way I didn’t necessarily have to have a certain object or person to act in the film. This really shaped my project because it makes everything more personal. The viewers see exactly what I would be seeing and I think that plays a big part in being able to show emotion.
From this I learnt that I must make sure that I regularly plan out what I want to show and why it's relevant to the film.
Tuesday 7th April
WINGS Short Film, 'MAMA'.
As i'll be the one editing the short film, I wanted to practice with editing videos. So I decided to collect different videos from my favourite music video director, Yongseok Choi (Lumpens) and create something different out of it. His work really varies, but one thing that stays the same is that he includes many different art forms. In a video there would be things such as paintings, sculptures and graffiti, which often has meaning to the video.
I was inspired by the series of the 'WINGS' short films, as it is based off a book called Demian (1919), where a world is divided into two realms- light and darkness, good and bad.
From watching these short films, I learnt that I should make it clear to the audience that i'm showing the difference between freedom and isolation. Using things like dark/bright lighting and sound is very important to set the tone for the different times.
WINGS Short Film, 'MAMA'.
Wednesday, 8th April
I thought about how being inside all the time has its advantages and disadvantages. You're able to rest more and enjoy plenty of time with your family. However, being stuck inside your home for weeks isn't the best thing. For me, my motivation wasn't so great and I wanted to show that through my short film.
Dutch tilt example (not my photo)
I decided that I would use things such as dutch tilts and dolly zooms to help create an alternate view, as the more we stay inside, the more odd outside looks. As well as this, I wanted to include very still shots, because although daily life is very unusual at this time. We aren't out working 5 days a week, therefore everyday feels the same, and I wanted to use very static shots and cuts to show that.
Thursday, 9th April
I rewatched 'Elephant' by Alan Clarke (1989)
This was more or less a reflection day. I really thought about how I would want my video to come out. From watching different short films online, I noticed that a good film isn't about having all the mesmerising camera techniques, it's about having a balance between movement and stillness. Both still have an effect, it's the meaning behind the movement that makes the film what it is.
So I learnt to make sure not to get carried away with my film and to make sure that I stay focused throughout the production. That way, the emotion and ideas will easily be put across to the viewer.
My favourite film practitioner is Hayao Miyazaki. He is a Japanese filmmaker and animator, and makes beautiful films that cater to everyone.
He had watched a film by Toei Doga in high school and decided from then that he wanted to do animation. After he graduated university, he became an entry level animator in Toei Animation. As he went on, it led to the success of his film called ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’, and Studio Ghibli was formed with Isao Takahata.